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  • ATHENS/ ISTANBUL, Feb 9- Greece and its euro zone partners engaged in brinkmanship on Monday, with leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insisting his country would not extend its reform-linked bailout and Germany saying it would get no more money without such a programme. Escalating the rhetoric, Greece's finance minister said the euro zone could collapse "...

  • NAUSEA, Germany/ ATHENS, Feb 9- The European Union's chief executive warned Greeks on Monday not to expect the euro zone to bow to leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' demands in a growing confrontation over Athens' debt crisis. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who found scant support on a tour of European capitals last week for his plans to restructure...

  • Feb 5- Pfizer Inc said it would buy Hospira Inc for about $15 billion to boost its portfolio of generic injectable drugs and copies of biotech medicines. Pfizer offered $90 per share in cash, a 39 percent premium to Hospira's closing stock price on Wednesday. Hospira shares soared 35 percent to nearly $88 on Thursday, while Pfizer was up 2.7 percent at $32.93.

  • Feb 5- Drugmaker Pfizer Inc said it would buy Hospira Inc for about $15 billion to boost its portfolio of generic injectible drugs and biosimilars, or copies of biotech drugs. Pfizer offered $90 per share in cash, a 39 percent premium to Hospira's closing stock price on Wednesday. Hospira soared 35 percent to near $88 before the bell Thursday, while Pfizer was up 3.6...

  • Feb 5- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as a jump in corporate dealmaking boosted M&A advisory fees. Lazard's M&A and other advisory fees rose 17 percent to $297.2 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from a year earlier. Among the deals Lazard advised on during the quarter were specialty...

  • Feb 5- Drugmaker Pfizer Inc said it would buy Hospira Inc for about $15 billion to gain access to biosimilars, copies of biotech drugs made from living cells. Pfizer's offer of $90 per share represents a premium of 39 percent to Hospira stock's close on Wednesday. Hospira was trading at $88 before the bell, while Pfizer was up 1.7 percent.

  • The company's adjusted net profit rose to $172 million, or $1.29 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $110 million, or 81 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce charged on Wednesday that Senator Elizabeth Warren and other backers of what he called "economic populism" were actually seeking a state-run economy. Thomas Donohue, the chamber's president and a top business lobbyist, said he did not think most Americans shared the views of Warren, a liberal Democrat and...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- Antonio Weiss, an investment banker who was a controversial nominee for a top post at the U.S. Treasury Department, has decided to withdraw from consideration, the White House said on Monday. Liberal lawmakers, led by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, fiercely opposed Weiss's nomination to the top Treasury domestic finance job...

  • LONDON, Jan 11- Shire Plc has agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc for $5.2 billion in its biggest acquisition yet, as the Dublin- based drugmaker strengthens its position in the lucrative field of medicines for rare diseases. The move will not come as a huge surprise, since Shire had already been linked to NPS in the first half of 2014. When plans for Shire itself to...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 23- Announced M&A volume in Asia-Pacific jumped 48 percent in 2014 from a year ago to $802.2 billion, preliminary data from Thomson Reuters shows, the highest volume on record. Goldman Sachs 125,542 Morgan Stanley 120,547 Citigroup 88,409 JPMorgan 80,651 CITIC 79,850 Bank of America Corp 76,853 Deutsche Bank 63,815 Somerley Ltd 62,122 UBS...

  • 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...

  • Dec 16- Citgo Petroleum Corp, Venezuela's U.S. oil refining unit, has received revised bids from at least four bidders, some which have valued the company at more than $10 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter. The companies that made bids in December include Marathon Petroleum Corp, Valero Energy Corp, HollyFrontier Corp and a consortium of...

  • LONDON, Dec 4- GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it had decided not to sell a portfolio of older drugs marketed in North America and Europe after considering offers from potential buyers. A spokesman for GSK, which was being advised on the disposal by Lazard, declined to give any more details. Bidders, who had been hoping to clinch a deal before the end of the year,...

  • UPDATE 1-GlaxoSmithKline abandons sale of older drugs Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 4- GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it had decided not to sell a portfolio of older drugs marketed in North America and Europe after considering offers from potential buyers. A spokesman for GSK, which was being advised on the disposal by Lazard, declined to give any more details. People familiar with the situation said last month that several private...

  • MADRID, Dec 1- A Spanish High Court judge has asked investment bank Lazard to provide information on a 6 million euro payment to ex-IMF boss Rodrigo Rato when he was head of lender Bankia in 2011, a court order showed on Monday. Rato, who worked for Lazard between stints as head of the International Monetary Fund and Bankia, has been accused of improper management as...

  • The White House last week announced Antonio Weiss, a top official at investment bank Lazard, as Obama's choice to be the Treasury's under secretary for domestic finance. An aide to Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said the lawmaker opposes Weiss because of Lazard's work advising on recent high-profile inversions. Congress is only in session for a...

  • LONDON, Nov 13- Apollo Global Management is planning to bid for all GlaxoSmithKline's mature drugs, joining an auction expected to value the business at more than $3 billion, according to four people familiar with the process. GSK, Britain's biggest drugmaker, is looking to divest its mature prescription medicine products sold in North America and western...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- At least three oil companies are still actively bidding for Citgo Petroleum Corp, the U.S. refining arm of Venezuela's PDVSA, even after the country's finance minister said that the auction was no longer going ahead, according to three people familiar with the situation. The investment bank hired by PDVSA to conduct the sale, Lazard Ltd, has not ended...

  • HOUSTON, Oct 27- Venezuela's surprise move to scrap the sale of its U.S. refining unit Citgo was prompted when bids came in well below its $10 billion asking price, and sovereign and corporate bondholders criticized selling a reliable source of cash during a liquidity crunch, a source familiar with the situation said on Monday. State oil company PDVSA had hired...