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  • PARIS/ ZURICH, March 18- Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge, seeking to save their merger deal, are discussing a new leadership for the combined group which would give Lafarge's boss Bruno Lafont a lesser role, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Lafont could be named co-chairman of the future company, two of the sources said, alongside Wolfgang...

  • PARIS/ ZURICH, March 18- Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge, seeking to save their troubled merger, are discussing a new CEO appointment to the combined group that would see current Lafarge boss Bruno Lafont in a different role, sources said on Wednesday. A second source said that Holcim was not calling into question that the marriage of the two groups was of equals- a...

  • U.S. Federal Communications Commission filings and interviews with several people familiar with the Justice Department show the $48.5 billion AT&T-DirecTV deal is getting far less attention than Comcast Corp's agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $45 billion. But it is the Comcast deal that has triggered FCC and Justice Department inquiries...

  • *Holcim wants to reopen talks on share ratio, governance. PARIS/ ZURICH, March 17- The boards of Lafarge and Holcim met separately on Tuesday to try and salvage their merger to create the world's biggest cement firm, two sources said. Holcim called a halt to the deal on Monday, pressing for the price and management structure to be changed from the original "marriage of...

  • This signals more oilfield mergers may be coming Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 2:55 PM ET
    Pumpjacks operate at an oil well in Williston, North Dakota.

    Exploration and production firms have issued nearly $9 billion in stock this year, well above recent first-quarter totals.

  • PARIS/ ZURICH, March 16- Holcim called a halt on Monday to its merger with Lafarge, pressing the French company to renegotiate the deal terms and putting their plan to create the world's biggest cement maker at risk. "The Holcim board of directors has concluded that the combination agreement can no longer be pursued in its present form," Holcim said in a statement,...

  • PARIS/ ZURICH, March 16- Holcim called a halt on Monday to its merger with Lafarge, pressing the French company to renegotiate the deal terms and putting their plan to create the world's biggest cement maker at risk. But since then, diverging results, share prices and a surge in the Swiss franc against the euro have strengthened Holcim's position and led its largest...

  • Stop sign for Holcim/LaFarge deal   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 6:05 AM ET
    Stop sign for Holcim/LaFarge deal

    Holcim has reported that its deal with Lafarge can no longer go ahead in its present form. CNBC's Paris Correspondent, Stephane Pedrazzi, discusses further.

  • March 12- Levy Acquisition Corp, the blank-check acquisition vehicle of Chicago restaurateur Larry Levy, said it would buy U.S. fast-food chain Del Taco Inc for about $500 million, including debt. A Levy Acquisition unit will then merge into Del Taco, the company said on Thursday. Levy Acquisition said it plans to change its name to Del Taco Restaurants Inc and will...

  • TOKYO, March 10- Sharp Corp is not considering merging its troubled display business with rival Japan Display Inc, an executive said on Tuesday, adding that the unit was had a technological advantage over its competitors. He was responding to speculation that loss-making Sharp could merge its display business with Japan Display. Sharp is compiling a new...

  • TOKYO, March 6- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Friday as encouraging comments from the European Central Bank lifted sentiment, but FamilyMart Co fell on news that it was in merger talks with UNY Group Holdings Co. The Nikkei ended 1.2 percent higher at 18,971.00 points, its best closing level since April 2000. FamilyMart dropped 2.2...

  • Will a FamilyMart-UNY merger be a gamechanger?   Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 10:10 PM ET
    Will a FamilyMart-UNY merger be a gamechanger?

    Peter Boardman, managing director at Tradewinds, discusses news of a potential merger between Japan's FamilyMart and UNY Group Holdings.

  • *FamilyMart falls, UNY rises on merger talk news. TOKYO, March 6- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Friday as encouraging comments from the European Central Bank lifted sentiment, but FamilyMart Co tumbled on news that it was in merger talks with UNY Group Holdings Co. The Nikkei gained 1.1 percent to 18,965.86 points by midmorning, its...

  • *Europe shares dip off lows as Vivendi weighs. China rate cut helps lift Asian equities, gold. LONDON, March 2- European shares slipped from seven-year highs on Monday, weighed down by merger activity in the telecoms sector, while Asian stocks edged up after China cut interest rates at the weekend.

  • *China rate cut helps lift Asian shares, gold. LONDON, March 2- European shares clung to seven-year highs on Monday, lifted by merger activity in the telecoms sector, while Asian stocks edged up after China cut interest rates at the weekend. German manufacturing activity expanded further in February as new order rose, according to Markit's final purchasing...

  • LONDON, March 2- European shares kicked off March on a flat note on Monday, with a boost from merger activity in the telecoms sector offset by falls in media group Vivendi. The French media group said on Friday it had agreed to sell its remaining stake in telecoms company Numericable-SFR to Altice at 40 euros per share- well below Numericable-SFR's share price of...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 27- The market chatter over forming a giant Chinese oil major through merging PetroChina and Sinopec has ramped up again recently, but the motivations for such a deal struggle to stand up to scrutiny. The Chinese authorities are mulling joining China National Petroleum Corp, the parent of PetroChina, and China Petrochemical Corp, the...

  • *Cyberonics will have 54 pct of new group; Sorin 46 pct. MILAN, Feb 26- Italian medical device maker Sorin and its smaller U.S. peer Cyberonics Inc announced a merger on Thursday to create a global leader in cardiac surgery and neuromodulation with an equity value of $2.7 billion. Sorin's boss Andre-Michel Ballester will become chief executive and the board will be...

  • Sterne Agee deal makes us more relevant: Stifel CEO Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:09 AM ET
    Stifel

    Stifel Financial's purchase of Sterne Agee is about becoming more relevant to clients, CEO Ron Kruszewski tells CNBC.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Sysco Corp is not holding settlement talks with the U.S. government to resolve a lawsuit aimed at stopping a $3.5 billion merger of the food distributor and its largest rival, a lawyer for Sysco said on Friday. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint aimed at blocking Sysco's purchase of U.S. Foods Inc. The FTC said the deal would give...