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  • HONG KONG, Dec 19- A former top Hong Kong civil servant was found guilty on Friday of accepting HK $8.5 million in bribes from executives of property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, in the city's highest profile corruption case. Rafael Hui, 66, who headed Hong Kong's civil service from 2005 to 2007, was found guilty of three counts of misconduct in public...

  • UPDATE 1-China's Fosun raises offer for Club Med Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:48 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 19- Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang on Friday sweetened his bid for struggling Club Mediterranee at the last minute, trumping a 24 euros offer from Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi in France's longest-running takeover battle. The new offer was made by Gaillon Invest II, majority controlled by Guo's Fosun conglomerate. It now includes Fosun with a...

  • HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    HONG KONG— A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city's elite. The property magnate Thomas Kwok was convicted of conspiracy for making HK $8.5 million of payments to city official Rafael Hui. On the other hand, I'm unhappy...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 19- A former top Hong Kong civil servant was found guilty on Friday of accepting HK $8.5 million in bribes from executives of property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, in the city's most high-profile corruption case. Rafael Hui, 66, who headed Hong Kong's civil service from 2005 to 2007, was found guilty of three counts of misconduct in public...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 19- A former top Hong Kong civil servant was found guilty on Friday of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from the city's largest property developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd.. Raymond Kwok, co-chairman of the company, was found not guilty of three charges in the graft case. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and has a separate legal...

  • Brazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity's end? Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. And in perhaps the most stunning turn of all, the oil and mining tycoon who once was Brazil's richest billionaire is on trial for something that, until recently, was not even seen as a crime: profiting from inside information.

  • Dec 18- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn offered $20 million in financing on Thursday to keep the Trump Taj Mahal from becoming the fifth casino to close this year in New Jersey's troubled Atlantic City, was once the only major destination for gamblers on the U.S. East Coast. The Taj, owned by bankrupt Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., is slated to close on Saturday.

  • Dec 18- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn offered to lend $20 million to help bankrupt casino operator Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc keep its Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City open.

  • Icahn promises Taj Mahal casino $20M to stay open Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    In a letter dated Thursday, Icahn promised Trump Entertainment Resorts that he would provide enough money to keep the casino open throughout bankruptcy proceedings. "Many people would still argue that it would be a better financial decision for me to let the Taj close and wait to see whether a global settlement can be reached," Icahn wrote to Trump Entertainment...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares closed up 3 percent at 1,356.23 points, its biggest percentage rise...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 2.8 percent at 1,353.52 points, its biggest rise since...

  • Rise of the car-sharing apps poses threat to auto sector Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    The rise of the likes of car hire app Zipcar and car-pooling rival BlaBlaCar are expected to present new challenges to mass-market carmakers such as Ford, GM, Volvo, Renault and Volkswagen while presenting fresh opportunities for existing rental networks. Online taxi business Uber is another seeking a slice of the market with its UberPop operation, which...

  • Montana ex-billionaire jailed for contempt Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    BUTTE, Mont.— Embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth was taken away in handcuffs on Thursday after a federal judge ordered the onetime billionaire jailed until he accounts for millions of dollars he owes his creditors. The incarceration of the 64- year-old Blixseth marks a dramatic turn in his six-year legal struggle against accusations that he illegally...

  • BUTTE, Mont.— Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel's NJJ Capital has agreed to buy Swiss mobile operator Orange Switzerland from private equity group Apax Partners for 2.8 billion Swiss francs, Apax said in a statement. NJJ Capital, Niel's private investment fund, has circled Orange Switzerland since 2012 when the business was sold to Apax. NJJ Capital declined to...

  • *Carrefour raises cash for Brazil expansion, Diniz back in retail. PARIS, Dec 18- Carrefour has sold a 10 percent stake in its Brazilian business to billionaire Abilio Diniz, in a first step towards a possible separate listing, as Europe's largest retailer looks to raise cash to accelerate growth in its second-largest market. With its core French market on the mend,...

  • PARIS, Dec 18- Supermarkets group Carrefour has sold a 10 percent stake in its Brazilian business to billionaire Abilio Diniz, securing local retail expertise to support growth in its second largest market and in a first step towards a separate listing. Carrefour said the transaction had closed, and that "this opening of the capital of the Brazilian subsidiary...

  • Carrefour confirms deal with Brazilian tycoon Diniz Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:35 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 18- French supermarkets group Carrefour on Thursday announced that Brazilian billionaire Abilio Diniz had bought a 10 percent stake in its Brazil division through his investment company Peninsula for about 1.8 billion reais. The anouncement confirms information provided on Wednesday by a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 17- Brazilian billionaire Abilio Diniz agreed to buy a 10 percent stake in Carrefour SA's Brazilian unit, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said on Wednesday, potentially strengthening its ability to take on the supermarket chain Diniz's father founded. Under terms of the deal, Diniz, whose Peninsula Participações holding...

  • Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:11 PM ET

    TOKYO/ BOSTON, Dec 17- Sony Corp movie executives kept up a dialogue with hedge fund titan Daniel Loeb, even after rebuffing the billionaire investor's proposal to sell up to one-fifth of the studio's entertainment business, leaked emails show. Loeb's New York- based Third Point took a 7 percent stake in the company in May 2013 and suggested that proceeds from a...