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  • What is driving the rise in chemicals M&A? Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 AM ET
    What is driving the rise in chemicals M&A?

    Anton Ticktin, partner at The Valence Group, explains how profits and strong balance sheets are impacting the chemicals industry.

  • STAMFORD, Conn.— Shares of hotel operators Starwood Hotels& Resorts and InterContinental Hotels Group rose in early trading Thursday on reports the companies were talking about a possible merger, but slumped when InterContinental Hotels said that wasn't true. InterContinental Hotels, the owner of the Holiday Inn chain, said it is not in talks with Starwood...

  • PARIS/ HELSINKI, July 30- Shares in telecom network gear makers Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent jumped on Thursday after both posted strong second-quarter results, giving a positive signal ahead of their pending merger. Nokia's 15.6 billion euro acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent announced in mid-April aims to position the company to better compete with market...

  • Analysing M&A activity in UK, Europe Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 4:30 AM ET
    Analysing M&A activity in UK, Europe

    Philip Whitchelo, vice president of strategy and product marketing at Intralinks, discusses the current state of M&A activity.

  • July 29- PartnerRe Ltd, the reinsurance company that has a $6.6 billion merger agreement with Axis Capital Holdings, is now willing to negotiate a new deal with rival suitor Exor SpA, according to people familiar with the matter. This would be the first time that Bermuda- based PartnerRe negotiates a potential merger with Exor since the Italian investment...

  • PARIS, July 29- A Paris commercial court gave U.S. group XPO Logistics the green light on Wednesday to proceed with its post-purchase integration of French transport firm Norbert Dentressangle, throwing out an injunction sought by a U.S. hedge fund. The court also rejected XPO's request to extend a temporary injunction barring Elliott Capital Advisors from...

  • MONTREAL/ FRANKFURT, July 29- Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc denied a report on Wednesday that it is in talks with German engineering group Siemens AG on merging their rail units. The news comes after Siemens earlier this year downplayed the idea that it could combine its rail assets, which include trains, trams and signalling technology, with...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Allergan plc CEO Brent Saunders is ready to put the $36 billion his company will net from the sale of its generics business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to work, possibly with another large, "transformational" merger. As head of Actavis, he then sealed a $66 billion purchase of Botox-maker Allergan, beating out rival suitor Valeant...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Allergan CEO Brent Saunders said on Monday the company will use the $36 billion it nets from the sale of its generics business to Teva for more deals, including large, "transformational" merger opportunities. Saunders, who led the $66 billion combination of Actavis and Allergan that closed only a few months ago, told investors that it would use the...

  • That's how many big companies could remain after the proposed combinations of Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana, and experts say it would at a minimum bring close scrutiny of the deals. At only three companies, "The agencies' ears tend to perk up," said Allen Grunes, who led merger investigations at the Justice Department as an antitrust attorney.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc and the biggest satellite-TV provider DirecTV became the country's largest pay-TV company on Friday, completing their $48.5 billion merger after receiving final regulatory approval. The requirements from the FCC, which ensures that deals are in the public interest, include protections for rival...

  • Anthem Inc.' s purchase of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.' s acquisition of Humana Inc., both announced this month, are worth more than $80 billion combined. Many of the purchases have been designed to bulk up their Medicaid and Medicare Advantage businesses because both of those programs keep growing. If all of the recent deals go through, Anthem, Aetna and...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- AT&T Inc's proposed $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV has cleared its final regulatory hurdle as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to approve the merger, according to people familiar with the votes. At least three of the five FCC commissioners have voted in favor of the deal with conditions, according to the...

  • UPDATE 1-AT&T profit beats Street on customer additions Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    The company, which in May last year offered to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion to create the largest U.S. pay TV company, is close to wrapping up its deal as U.S. telecom and antitrust regulators signaled a green light for the merger. Last month, the company had extended the "termination date" of the merger agreement with DirecTV for "a short period of time," the second time...

  • Visa says in deal talks with Visa Europe Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 4:17 PM ET

    July 23- Credit and debit card issuer Visa Inc said it was in talks for a deal with former subsidiary Visa Europe, which it expected to conclude by the end of October. Bloomberg reported in May that the companies were in talks for a possible merger. Visa's net income rose to $1.70 billion, or 69 cents per Class A share, in the third quarter ended June 30 from $1.36 billion,...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- AT&T Inc is close to wrapping up its deal to buy DirecTV as U.S. telecom and antitrust regulators signaled a green light for the $48.5 billion merger that would create the country's largest pay-TV company. AT&T and the FCC have spent recent weeks negotiating the conditions of the deal that combines the No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest...

  • Justice Department gives nod to AT&T-DirecTV merger Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 6:34 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 21- AT&T Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, an acquisition that will combine the country's No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV provider, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Tuesday said it had granted conditional approval to merge Cit Bank into OneWest Bank into a combined bank named CIT Bank. U.S. small-business lender CIT Bank said last year it would buy California bank OneWest Bank NA for $3.4 billion in cash and stock, a deal that will give CIT a more reliable...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday circulated an order to approve, with conditions, AT&T Inc's bid to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter. The FCC reviews proposed mergers to ensure that they are in the public interest while the Justice Department ensures...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Tuesday said it had granted conditional approval to merge Cit Bank into OneWest Bank into a combined bank named CIT Bank. U.S. small-business lender CIT Bank said last year it would buy California bank OneWest Bank NA for $3.4 billion in cash and stock, a deal that will give CIT a more reliable...