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  • NEW YORK, June 20- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Saturday it had offered $46 billion in cash and stock for smaller rival Cigna Corp but that a deal was being held up in part over what role Cigna CEO David Cordani would have in a merged company. Anthem, the second largest health insurer in the United States, said that it had made four offers for Cigna in June,...

  • The Ryland Group Inc and Standard Pacific Corp merger announced earlier this week- the first big deal since PulteGroup Inc's buyout of Centex in 2009- is a sign of things to come. Mid-cap builders that went public recently such as Tri Pointe Homes Inc, Taylor Morrison Home Corp and William Lyon Homes are expected to be more active dealmakers than their larger...

  • June 19- Office Depot Inc said its shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the $6.3 billion buyout offer from larger rival Staples Inc, in a deal that would combine the two largest U.S. office suppliers. Staples said it would buy Office Depot in February in a cash-and-stock deal, following calls by activist investor Starboard Value L.P. for a merger, saying a...

  • Will Elliott succeed in blocking Samsung merger? Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 8:23 PM ET
    Will Elliott succeed in blocking Samsung merger?

    Mark Newman, senior analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, discusses U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott's campaign to block a proposed merger between two subsidiaries of Samsung Group.

  • DETROIT, June 18- United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday the union has not taken a position on merger comments made by Fiat Chrysler's chief executive, but said he would be against any plan that would cut union-represented jobs. The union is evaluating outcomes of a possible merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with General Motors Co or...

  • Heinz Co said on Thursday that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc has become its majority shareholder by exercising a warrant ahead of the ketchup maker's planned merger with Kraft Foods Group Inc. In a regulatory filing, Heinz said Berkshire exercised a warrant to acquire about 46.2 million shares for nearly $462,000 this week. Heinz owners would get a...

  • Expect further M&A in oil sector: CEO Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 2:20 AM ET
    Expect further M&A in oil sector: CEO

    Ron Hovsepian, CEO of Intralinks, says we're likely to see further consolidation in the oil and gas sector.

  • Drill, drill, drill! And then maybe go bankrupt Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 12:32 PM ET
    Oil workers using chain to position drill on drilling platform.

    Bankruptcy and dealmaking has yet to hit the U.S. oil patch, but drillers face another crucial test of their health this fall.

  • STOCKHOLM, June 15- Ericsson, the world's largest maker of mobile telecoms equipment, has decided following a management review that the business can expand without pursuing major acquisitions, its chief strategy officer said in an interview. Investment analysts have suggested Ericsson could buy U.S. group Juniper, to expand in Internet routing, or...

  • Valeant names McKinsey merger expert as its next CFO Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 9:49 AM ET

    June 11- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc has again reached into the ranks of business advisory firm McKinsey& Co to hire a senior executive, naming Robert Rosiello as its next chief financial officer on Thursday. Valeant's shares rose about 1 percent in morning trading in New York and Toronto. The stock had declined in pre-market activity as...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Global agricultural merchant Ecom Agroindustrial Corp and its smaller U.S. rival V&A Commodity Traders Inc have joined forces to create a medium-sized sugar merchant, the latest deal to transform the struggling sweetener market. V&A Trading, which is owned by Seacor Holdings, said on Wednesday the companies have agreed to merge their sugar...

  • Fast U.S. merger pace raises risk - Fitch Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 10- A record pace of mergers and acquisitions in the United States has increased the risk some companies are overloading on debt and some deals may end up souring, Fitch Ratings said on Wednesday. M&A activity totaled $245.2 billion in May, surpassing the previous record of $225.8 billion in May 2007, Fitch said, citing data from Dealogic.

  • BERLIN/ STUTTGART, June 10- Germany's HeidelbergCement said it would return more cash to shareholders and be "disciplined" about acquisitions, having chosen to stay out of a merger between rivals Holcim and Lafarge that is reshaping the industry. HeidelbergCement shares rallied on the company's comments to close 4.8 percent higher, the top gainers on the...

  • DETROIT, June 9- General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said on Tuesday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email proposing a potential merger, and that GM's board gave "strong support" to her strategy of going it alone. In comments late last month, Marchionne and FCA Chairman John Elkann said they had reached out to rivals,...

  • June 9- General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said on Tuesday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email proposing a potential merger, and that proposal was "vetted" by GM's board.

  • June 9- Mobile games developer China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group Ltd said it agreed to merge with Pegasus Investment Holdings Ltd in a deal valued at about $690 million.

  • Armstrong: Verizon wanted AOL's content too Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 8:48 AM ET
    Tim Armstrong, chairman anc CEO of AOL.

    Tim Armstrong on Tuesday said AOL's content brands were always part of merger talks with Verizon, offering a rebuttal to reports to the contrary.

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. "The debate on what metrics to use to judge...

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. Yet two years after Hutchison Whampoa...

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. Yet two years after Hutchison Whampoa...