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GlaxoSmithKline's new CEO prepares to trim drug pipeline

LONDON, July 21 GlaxoSmithKline's new chief executive, who has already made her mark with plans to divest some nutritional products, will turn next week to the main business of focusing the company's pipeline of new drugs.

Tissue Regenix raises 40 mln stg to buy U.S. regenerative medicine firm

LONDON, July 21 Tissue Regenix said on Friday it had raised 40 million pounds ($52 million) by selling new shares to buy CellRight Technologies, a U.S regenerative medicine company that specialises in spine surgery and orthopaedics.

Regulatory News, IPOs, 21 Jul 2017

UPDATE 4-Private equity bid for Paysafe stokes payments M&A boom

* Paysafe makes $470 mln bid for Merchants' Choice (Adds UBS analysis on price, Banker quote)

Santander seeks bids by July 24 for Popular property assets - sources

LONDON/MADRID, July 21 Spain's Banco Santander is seeking bids by next Monday for some 30 billion euros ($34.91 billion) of property assets from Banco Popular, three sources familiar with the matter said.

Private Capital 21 Jul 2017

UPDATE 1-Permira joins payments rush by buying into Sweden's Klarna

LONDON, July 21 Private equity group Permira has bought a stake of at least 10 percent in payments firm Klarna, one of Europe's most highly valued tech startups, the companies said on Friday.

Blackstone, CVC make $3.7 bln bid for payments firm Paysafe

July 21 A consortium of Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners has made a 2.86 billion pound ($3.71 billion) takeover proposal for payments processing company Paysafe Group, the British group said on Friday.

Britain's Jaguar Land Rover opens first overseas engine plant

LONDON, July 21 Jaguar Land Rover opened its first overseas engine plant on Friday, picking China for the investment a week after saying it would build a global model entirely outside Britain for the first time.

21 Jul 2017

Benetton family seeks to make Ducati motorbikes Italian -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT/MILAN, July 20 Italy's Benetton family is vying with motorbike firms and buyout funds for control of Italian motorcycle brand Ducati, which is being sold by Germany's Volkswagen, sources involved in the process told Reuters.

UPDATE 3-Unilever lifts margin target as industry pressure mounts

* Anglo-Dutch firm's London-listed shares up 1.2 pct (Adds comments on activism, links to other stories)

UPDATE 2-Insider trading probe into Deutsche Boerse CEO still open - prosecutor

* Regulator investigates potentially misleading Boerse statement (Updates with details on Kengeter's contract, other regulatory investigation)

20 Jul 2017

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