DealZone Daily

February 9, 2010

Japan Airlines will keep its partnership with American Airlines, due to concerns that forging ties with rival suitor Delta Air Lines would make it difficult to achieve a quick turnaround, a source tells Reuters. Delta and American have been courting JAL, now bankrupt, for months, looking to gain access to its vast network in Asia.

British pay-TV group BSkyB sold a 10.4 percent stake in commercial broadcaster ITV, finally bringing an end to a long-running legal battle. BskyB had been ordered to cut its stake to below 7.5 percent in 2008. Since then, it has been through a series of appeals, all of which it lost.

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And for a selection of news in rival media:

The government of Ghana has blocked the estimated $4 billion sale of a stake in its Jubilee oil field, foiling months of talks between potential buyer Exxon Mobil Corp and the stake’s owner, Kosmos Energy LLC, the Wall Street Journal says.

South Korea’s Lotte Group has agreed to buy GS Retail’s department store and discount store operations in a deal estimated at as much as 1.4 trillion won ($1.20 billion), according to the Maeil Business Newspaper.

U.S. hedge fund D.E. Shaw has set up a team to look at buying distressed-asset portfolios held by rival hedge fund firms, the Financial Times says.

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