Deals

Comcast in talks with Charter over divestitures: source

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- Comcast Corp is in talks with Charter Communications over selling or spinning off roughly 3 million subscribers worth approximately $18 billion to $20 billion as part of the divestitures related to its $45.3 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable , according to a source familiar with the matter.

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Telus in new agreement to buy Canadian startup Mobilicity 18 Apr 2014

- Telus Corp , one of Canada's dominant telecom providers, has reached a new agreement to acquire struggling wireless startup Mobilicity, in a renewed bid to overcome government objections on competition grounds.

China releases list of companies planning to list after IPO drought 19 Apr 2014

BEIJING - China's securities regulator on Saturday released draft prospectuses for a small group of companies planning to list, in a move that may soothe investor concerns that the country had put in place a de facto freeze on IPOs.

Merger talks between Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining break down: WSJ 18 Apr 2014

- Merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp , the world's top two gold producers, broke down in the past few days, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

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Fashion house Armani pays 270 million euros to settle Italian tax dispute: paper 18 Apr 2014

MILAN - Fashion house Giorgio Armani paid 270 million euros ($374 million) to Italian tax authorities last week to settle a dispute over payments from the group's subsidiaries abroad, Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Friday.

TPG-led group to make $450 million investment in Airbnb: source 18 Apr 2014

- A group led by private equity firm TPG Capital Management LP has agreed to invest $450 million in Airbnb Inc, valuing the online home-rental marketplace at $10 billion, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Merck extends AZ offer again over Chinese antitrust issues 18 Apr 2014

FRANKFURT - German liquid crystal maker Merck KGaA extended the offer period for its planned takeover of AZ Electronic Materials for a sixth time on Friday as it continues to seek Chinese antitrust approval.

Atos says offer for Steria, in cash, still open after Sopra bid 18 Apr 2014

PARIS - A takeover saga shaking up France's IT services sector took a new turn on Friday when Atos said its bid for rival Steria , made before the latter agreed to an all-share offer from Sopra , was in cash - and was still on the table.

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NY attorney general seeks info from high-speed firm Virtu: source 18 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - High-speed trading firm Virtu Financial Inc, which has been pursuing an initial public offering, has received a letter of inquiry from the New York attorney general amid a wider probe of the industry, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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Exclusive: 'Leopard King' Cavalli nears 450 million euro sale to Permira - sources 17 Apr 2014

LONDON - Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in his eponymous fashion house to London-based buyout firm Permira in a sale worth about 450 million euros ($621 million), four sources close to the deal told Reuters.

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