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  • PARIS, April 28- France said it would defend jobs and its national interest as it met suitors eyeing a breakup of engineering group Alstom on Monday and suggested it preferred Germany's Siemens over U.S. giant General Electric.

  • *Royal Mail shares still 55 pct above offer price. LONDON, April 28- Britain's financial regulator will not investigate the government's sale of Royal Mail, it said on Monday, rejecting calls from lawmakers who said a sharp rise in the firm's share price should have set alarm bells ringing.

  • *Novartis to buy GSK's oncology assets for $14.5 bln. The deals, which include Novartis buying GSK's cancer drugs and GSK acquiring Novartis' vaccines business, came hot on the heels of a newspaper report that AstraZeneca had turned down a $101 billion bid approach from Pfizer- a story that sent shares across the sector surging.

  • *Novartis to buy GSK's oncology assets for $14.5 bln. *Lilly to buy Novartis' animal health arm for $5.4 bln.

  • April 14- Credit Suisse AG has hired Jim Spencer from Lazard Ltd as head of financial institutions investment banking for the Americas, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Monday. Spencer will join Credit Suisse in October as a managing director based in New York. At Lazard, Spencer headed its U.S. banks advisory practice.

  • April 14- TIAA-CREF, a retirement services provider to non-profit organizations such as universities and hospitals, said it would acquire asset manager Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion, seeking to expand its mutual fund and municipal bond offerings. Lazard Ltd and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC advised TIAA-CREF.

  • *UK sells 7.8 pct stake in Lloyds Banking Group at 75.5 p/share. LONDON, March 26- The UK government has sold 4.2 billion pounds worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group to cut its stake in the country's largest retail bank to under 25 percent and putting it on course for a complete exit in the next year.

  • HONG KONG, March 25- Every big bank in town wanted a piece of the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd initial public offering, set to be the biggest technology listing ever.

  • RLPC-Apcoa lenders to take control of company Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    LONDON, March 20- French private equity firm Eurazeo is set to lose control of Europe's biggest parking management firm Apcoa to a group of lenders led by U.S. investment firm Centerbridge.

  • AmEx clinches $900M travel joint venture deal Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 4:49 PM ET
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    American Express said four financial investors have committed a total of $900 million to a business travel joint venture.

  • NEW YORK, March 17- American Express Co said on Monday that four financial investors have committed a total of $900 million to a business travel joint venture, in what would be the largest single investment ever made in a travel management company.

  • March 10- Minerals Technologies Inc said on Monday it would buy Amcol International Corp, which produces a type of clay used in everything from cosmetics to oil drilling, for about $1.7 billion as Imerys SA bowed out of a month-long bidding war.

  • DUBLIN, March 10- U.S. fruit firm Chiquita Brands and Irish rival Fyffes, Europe's largest distributor, have struck an all-stock deal to create the world's biggest banana supplier.

  • *Minerals to buy Amcol for $1.7 bln. March 10- Minerals Technologies Inc said it would buy Amcol International Corp for about $1.7 billion, after Paris- based Imerys SA failed to match Minerals' sweetened bid of $45.75 per share.

  • DUBLIN, March 10- U.S. fruit firm Chiquita Brands and Irish rival Fyffes, Europe's largest distributor, have struck an all-stock merger deal to create the world's biggest banana supplier. The global banana market is controlled by four multinationals, according to the United Nations: Chiquita, Fresh Del Monte, Hawaii-founded Dole Food Company and Fyffes.

  • New deal creates world’s largest banana supplier Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 5:43 AM ET

    U.S. fruit distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc will buy Irish fruit firm Fyffes Plc to create the world's largest banana supplier.

  • DUBLIN, March 10- U.S. fruit distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc is to buy Irish rival Fyffes Plc in an all-stock deal valued at $526 million to create the world's biggest banana supplier.

  • March 4- Investment banker Ken Moelis' boutique investment firm, Moelis& Co, filed to go public as it looks to take advantage of rising demand for independent advisory services and an improving market for public offerings in the United States.

  • *Commerzbank selling 4 bln euro portfolio of property loans. FRANKFURT/ MADRID, March 4- Banks such as Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan are teaming up with international funds to bid for a multi-billion-euro portfolio of Spanish property loans as the country's real estate market thaws, sources close to the process said.

  • March 3- U.S. tobacco company RJ Reynolds is exploring a bid for rival Lorillard Inc, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The deal is expected to value Lorillard Inc, known for its Newport menthol cigarettes, in excess of $20 billion, the paper reported.