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  • SAO PAULO, Aug 19- Cia Siderúrgica Nacional SA, the debt-laden Brazilian steelmaker, is likely to decide between global advisory firms Rothschild and Lazard Ltd to coordinate the sale of some non-essential assets, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Wednesday. Rothschild has topped mergers and acquisitions advisory in Brazil so far this year,...

  • Aug 13- Shares of Houlihan Lokey Inc, which advised on the Enron Corp and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc bankruptcies, rose as much as 10 pct percent in their market debut, valuing the boutique advisory firm at about $1.51 billion. The IPO raised $220.5 million for Houlihan Lokey's two biggest shareholders: ORIX USA, an arm of Japanese financial services company...

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 5- Struggling German engineering services group Bilfinger has launched the sale of its Water Technologies unit as it continues to streamline its activities following six profit warnings in a year, two people familiar with the matter said. First information packages on the Water Technologies unit have already been sent to prospective buyers,...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- French oil major Total S.A. is selling a 50 percent stake in its sole U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, and has retained investment bank Lazard to advise on the deal, according to a source familiar with the matter. Lazard and Total both declined to comment. In June, Exxon Mobil Corp and Petroleos de Venezuela SA sold their 192,500 bpd Chalmette,...

  • FRANKFURT, July 23- German defence group Rheinmetall and French peer Thales are among several groups interested in a defence electronics business that plane maker Airbus is selling in an effort to streamline its operations, sources familiar with the transaction said. The two companies as well as U.S.-based Raytheon and a number of private equity groups...

  • July 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a quarterly profit that handily beat analysts' estimate as a jump in corporate dealmaking boosted its M&A advisory fees. M&A and other advisory fees, which account for 45 percent of Lazard's operating revenue, rose 17 percent to $273.2 million in the second quarter ended June. Some of the big deals...

  • Lazard adjusted profit jumps 53 pct Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 7:07 AM ET

    July 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a 53 percent rise in quarterly adjusted profit as a jump in corporate dealmaking boosted M&A advisory fees. The company's adjusted net profit rose to $130.3 million, or 98 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $85.4 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier. Lazard said M&A and...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • A creditors' committee, led by Franklin Templeton, has put forward a plan which would save Ukraine $15.8 billion, or more than what it is aiming for, via extending bond maturities by up to 10 years and by cutting coupon payments in initial years, a separate source had said earlier. "What will be difficult in this proposal is that 40 percent of the debt is amortized...

  • Top investor: Bull market still in the middle innings Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

    John Rogers, chairman of Ariel Investments, believes the third-largest bull market in history may still have room to run.

  • Cablevision to drop $1 bid for NY Daily News Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 6:46 AM ET
    A woman buys a copy of the New York Daily News, featuring Speaker of the House John Boehner on the cover, following a government shutdown, Oct. 1, 2013, in New York.

    Cablevision is planning to pull out of the auction process for the New York Daily News after spending hundreds of hours analyzing a potential deal.

  • Breakout: These stocks may be ready to run Monday, 11 May 2015 | 12:24 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Big financials have been perking up lately and may be ready for an even greater run higher.

  • SYDNEY, May 7- A A $500 million public listing by Australia's largest dairy producer, Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd, is on track for July, with cooperative members expected to give the go-ahead for the plan on Friday. "I have voted for it," said Stuart Crosthwaite, owner of North East Murray Dairy, one of the cooperative's 2,500 members. Those investors would be...

  • *Alexion offers $225.92 per Synageva share in cash and stock. May 6- Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc on Wednesday said it agreed to buy Synageva BioPharma Corp for $8.4 billion, more than twice its market value, to expand its offering of potentially high-priced medicines for rare diseases. The medicine, which can cost more than $500,000 per year, generated sales of...

  • *Alexion offers $225.92 per Synageva share in cash and stock. May 6- Drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc agreed to buy Synageva BioPharma Corp for $8.4 billion at a hefty premium to expand in the lucrative market for drugs that treat rare diseases. The drug, whose marketing application is being reviewed in the United States and Europe, treats a rare and...

  • May 6- Drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would buy Synageva BioPharma Corp for $8.4 billion to boost its rare drug pipeline. Kanuma's marketing application is being reviewed in the United States and Europe. Recent deals involving rare disease companies include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Inc's $3.5 billion purchase of Auspex...

  • April 29- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc said it was exploring strategic and financial alternatives and "no option is off the table." Starwood said on Wednesday it had retained Lazard to assist in exploring alternatives. Net income attributable to Starwood fell to $99 million, or 58 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31 from $137 million, or 72...

  • Starwood Hotels exploring strategic alternatives Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    April 29- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc said it was exploring strategic and financial alternatives and "no option is off the table." Regis and Sheraton hotel brands, rose 6 percent to $86 in premarket trading on Wednesday. The company, which has a market value of about $14 billion, said it had retained Lazard to assist in the process.

  • *Cap Gemini to buy U.S.-based IGATE for $4 bln. *Cap Gemini shares up 7.5 pct, IGATE shares rise to offer price. PARIS, April 27- Cap Gemini SA, a French information technology services company, said it will buy U.S.-based rival IGATE Corp for $4 billion in a deal that would make North America into its biggest market and hand IGATE's founders a $1 billion windfall.

  • April 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as a jump in corporate dealmaking boosted its M&A advisory fees. M&A and other advisory fees for Lazard, the sole adviser to H.J. Some of the other ongoing big deals that Lazard is part of include AT&T Inc's $67.1 billion bid for DirecTV and Pfizer Inc's $17...