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Oct 2, 2014

Sears to sell down Canada stake, turns to CEO again for cash

Oct 2 (Reuters) – Sears Holdings Corp is turning to
its chief executive for cash for the second time in three weeks
in a sign that its efforts to sell off assets are coming up

The retailer announced Thursday that it would raise up to
$380 million by lowering its stake in Sears Canada to
12 percent from 51 percent through a rights offering. It said
Chief Executive Eddie Lampert and his hedge fund, which together
own 48.5 percent of Sears Holdings, would buy about half of the

Sep 26, 2014

Sears Canada CEO resigns, parent company shares keep sliding

TORONTO/CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The turnaround
specialist who had signed on to run Sears Holdings Corp’s
Canadian business is resigning for personal reasons,
the struggling U.S. retailer said on Thursday, the same day a
major shareholder said it was no longer interested in
contributing to a loan.

Chief Executive Officer Douglas Campbell will resign by the
end of 2014 to tend to family matters, said Sears Canada, which
is majority owned by Sears Holdings. Campbell had taken the helm
of the unit just a year earlier.

Sep 25, 2014

Sears Canada CEO to step down by year-end

TORONTO/CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Department store chain
Sears Canada Inc, which has had six consecutive years
of declining revenue, said on Thursday that Chief Executive
Douglas Campbell will resign by the end of this year so that he
can tend to family matters.

Sears Canada, which is majority-owned by Sears Holdings Corp
, is facing intense competition and has seen its market
share erode for years.

Sep 2, 2014

Home Depot says probing ‘unusual activity’ after data breach report

By Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne

(Reuters) – Home Depot Inc said on Tuesday it was working with law enforcement to investigate “some unusual activity” related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach.

Shares of the home improvement chain closed 2 percent lower at $91.15 on the news, which highlights growing scrutiny of data security in the retail industry following a massive breach at Target Corp last year.

Jul 16, 2014

Court sentences ex-Deutsche Japan banker for bribery, judge says practice “condoned”

TOKYO, July 16 (Reuters) – A Tokyo judge on Wednesday handed
a former Deutsche Bank salesman a suspended prison sentence for
bribing a pension fund official with dinners and golf outings,
and said more senior officials at the bank had “tacitly
condoned” the practice.

Akira Ando, the judge overseeing the case at the Tokyo
District Court, gave Shigeru Echigo, who worked at the Japanese
investment arm of Deutsche Bank, a 10-month prison sentence,
suspended for three years.

Jul 16, 2014

Ex-Deutsche salesman gets sentenced in Tokyo for bribery

TOKYO, July 16 (Reuters) – A former Deutsche Bank salesman
in Tokyo was handed a suspended prison sentence on Wednesday for
bribing a pension fund official in a case that has put a
spotlight on the compliance practices of the Japanese arm of
Germany’s largest bank.

In a ruling at the Tokyo District Court, Shigeru Echigo was
given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for three years.
Suspended sentences are common in Japan for white-collar crimes,
although the prosecution had sought imprisonment of one year.

Jun 26, 2014

Caesars CEO eyes debt deal, says can finance Japan foray

TOKYO, June 26 (Reuters) – Caesars Entertainment Corp
will likely agree to a debt restructuring with
bondholders within a year and should have no problem financing a
foray into the Japanese market, the debt-strapped casino
operator’s chief executive said on Thursday.

Gary Loveman said he believed Caesars’ finances – its debt
carries a speculative grade rating – would not put it at a
disadvantage as it seeks a licence in Japan, where a bill to
legalise casinos could be put to a vote in parliament this year.

Jun 17, 2014

Ex-Deutsche salesman says was told to mask Japan pension expenses

TOKYO, June 17 (Reuters) – A former Deutsche Securities
salesman in Tokyo said he was told to hide evidence of
entertaining public pension officials, and that an executive who
in 2013 became head of the investment bank in Japan had been
informed of the potentially illegal practice.

Shigeru Echigo, the former salesman, told a court hearing in
Tokyo on Tuesday that entertaining pension fund officials was a
widespread practice within the bank and made new claims of how
high up knowledge of the practice had climbed.

Jun 16, 2014

Deutsche managers knew about, didn’t stop entertainment of Japan pension funds – regulator

TOKYO, June 16 (Reuters) – A pattern of spending on hostess
bars and overseas junkets for local pension fund officials went
unchecked by senior managers at Deutsche Bank’s
Japanese securities arm, who failed to prevent or turned a blind
eye to expenses that could be prosecuted as bribery, previously
undisclosed details of a regulatory investigation show.

Deutsche Securities was ordered by Japan’s Financial
Services Agency in December to bolster its compliance after the
Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (SESC) found it
spent the equivalent of almost $62,000 to entertain officials at
three pension funds between 2010 and 2012.

Jun 4, 2014

Former Universal staff files criminal complaint against casino tycoon Okada

TOKYO, June 4 (Reuters) – A former employee of Universal
Entertainment Corp filed a criminal complaint against
Kazuo Okada, the Japanese firm’s billionaire founder, alleging
he ordered the payment of bribes to advance a still-unfinished
casino project in the Philippines.

Takafumi Nakano submitted his complaint to Tokyo District
Public Prosecutor’s Office in late May, a copy reviewed by
Reuters showed. It was not clear if the prosecutors’ office,
which declined to comment, would investigate his claims. Nakano
has made similar claims in an ongoing civil defamation case
against his former employer.