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Sep 26, 2011
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M & A wrap: Has Buffett run out of things to buy?

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Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway said it will launch a share buyback program, an extremely rare move from Buffett that comes after months of investor complaints that the stock was undervalued.

The London Metal Exchange has thrown open its doors to a potential $1.5 billion takeover and is considering a sale that might end the independence its chief executive previously said was not negotiable.

Sep 23, 2011
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M & A wrap: Deal activity slows

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Mergers and acquisitions slowed significantly in the third quarter, stymied by economic uncertainty that stifled the confidence and growth horizons of corporate executives, according to Wall Street dealmakers. Go to the Global Deals Review: Q3 2011 page for full coverage.

At least seven firms, mainly private equity, have shown interest in data and analytics company CoreLogic, attracted by its growth businesses and relatively cheap valuations. Might it be sold whole or in pieces?

Sep 22, 2011
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M & A wrap: Dream team hired to save T-Mobile deal

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AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile USA have amassed an army of former senior government antitrust officials to try to save their $39 billion deal to combine wireless businesses.

“While Hewlett-Packard directors deliberate over the potential dismissal of the tech giant’s chief executive, Léo Apotheker, the board is expected to also consider what will become of his two biggest initiatives: a big acquisition and a potential spinoff of its PC business,” the NYT reports.

Sep 21, 2011
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M & A wrap: SABMiller seals Foster’s deal

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SABMiller agreed to buy Foster’s for an increased price of A$5.10 a share valuing the Australian beermaker at $10.2 billion and putting SABMiller at the head of Australia’s beer market.

“Google’s critics get a chance to vent today, using the invective of antitrust. A hearing of the Senate antitrust subcommittee is also something of a swan song for its retiring chairman, the estimable Herb Kohl,” the WSJ said in an opinion piece.

Sep 20, 2011
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M & A wrap: Stepping into China

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Private equity firms, like Richard Ong’s RRJ Capital, are stepping into China where hedge funds once roamed, pursuing deals that look more like short term financing than long term growth bets.

Rising buyouts between China and Japan, abundant leveraged debt in the region and the depth of China’s markets mean Asia-Pacific private equity will continue to outperform the Western model, leading Asia fund managers said.

Sep 19, 2011
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M & A wrap: Hulu auction at risk

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The auction of online video site Hulu has been slowed by recent developments which could derail it completely, according to sources familiar with the process.

Diversified manufacturer Tyco is moving to separate its businesses into three independent publicly traded companies, becoming the latest U.S. conglomerate to do so.

Sep 16, 2011
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M & A wrap: Who’s interested in Yahoo?

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Private equity firm Silver Lake is considering a bid for Internet firm Yahoo, according to media reports.

Fifteen Democratic lawmakers asked the Obama administration to approve AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA.

Sep 15, 2011
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M & A wrap: Groupon’s back on track

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Groupon seeks to go public in October or November, people familiar with the matter told the New York Times, a week after the daily deals website put its IPO on hold for a few weeks as it waited to ride out global market turmoil.

Rather than wasting time and money with a costly takeover battle with Ralcorp and its strong takeover defenses, ConAgra may soon look at other deals in the private-label business, a source familiar with the situation said.

Sep 14, 2011
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M & A wrap: Moody’s cuts French banks

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Moody’s cut the credit ratings of two French banks because of their exposure to Greece’s debt, highlighting growing risks to Europe’s financial sector from a deepening euro zone sovereign debt crisis. In an opinion piece, the WSJ reports the French financial system maintains too close a relationship to the state.

Google raised its offer for Motorola by 33 percent to $12.5 billion over two weeks of negotiations between the two companies, according to a regulatory filing.

Sep 13, 2011
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M & A wrap: Negotiating the split

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McGraw-Hill is planning to split itself into two public companies with one focusing on its credit rating business and the other on textbooks and educational products. Which company will be the better investment?

“Under pressure from investors to fix the ailing McGraw-Hill Cos., Chief Executive Officer Harold “Terry” McGraw III disregarded his family’s legacy when deciding to break up the business founded in 1888,” reports Bloomberg in a profile of the CEO.