Mergers & Acquisitions

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Vivendi's SFR to partner with Vodafone - CEO

PARIS, April 19 - The head of Vivendi's French telecom unit SFR, won by cable company Numericable in a fierce bidding war, said in comments published on Saturday it planned to partner with Britain's Vodafone in a network-sharing project.

UPDATE 1-Merck extends AZ offer again over Chinese antitrust issues

* Merck says 67.5 pct of shares tendered (Adds more comment from Merck, background on deal)

18 Apr 2014

Merck extends AZ offer again over Chinese antitrust issues

FRANKFURT, April 18 - 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.

18 Apr 2014

UPDATE 1-Shell commited to Russia expansion despite sanctions

* Says South Stream pipeline to proceed (Adds detail, quotes)

18 Apr 2014

UPDATE 1-Belarus signals interest in resolving row with Uralkali

MINSK/MOSCOW, April 18 - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko signalled to Russian potash producer Uralkali on Friday that he was interested in ending a nine-month dispute that has hurt both sides.

18 Apr 2014

UPDATE 2-RBS review finds no evidence of fraud in UK business lending

* Investigation by financial regulator ongoing (Adds reaction from government adviser, lawyer)

17 Apr 2014

CORRECTED-InVivo to boost ties with ADM in UK after ends link with Toepfer

PARIS, April 17 - French cooperative group InVivo said it would strengthen ties with agricultural trading house Archer Daniels Midland through their British joint venture - grain trader Gleadell.

Regulatory News 17 Apr 2014

BRIEF-Petroneft agrees Russian licence farmout with Oil India

* Petroneft resources plc - entered into a binding agreement in respect of a 50% interest in licence 61 with oil india limited

17 Apr 2014

UPDATE 3-UK's Co-op laments worst year after 2.5 bln pound loss

* Group undecided over whether to inject more cash in bank (Adds comments from CEO)

17 Apr 2014

BRIEF-Restaurant Group sells part of LVG; declares special dividend

* Partial disposal of interest in Living Ventures Group (LVG)

Private Capital 17 Apr 2014

Is U.S. economic patriotism hurting?

Any Americans believing that their country is being bought up by the Chinese might want to think again, according to the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment.

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