Deals wrap: Bank M&A hope in 2011

December 29, 2010

Bank of Montreal (BMO) Financial Group President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Downe addresses shareholders at the annual general meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba March 23, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade The new year is offering hope to deal advisers, as U.S. bank M&As promise to return at a healthy clip after three years of gloom. The return of the mega transaction, however, is still some time away, writes Paritosh Bansal.

Norilsk Nickel launched a $4.5 billion share buyback after failing to persuade co-owner UC RUSAL to sell its 25 percent stake in the company, opening a new front in core shareholder Vladimir Potanin’s campaign to secure strategic control over the world’s top nickel and palladium miner.

After record solar-plant approval in 2010, the California Energy Commission believes its “big push” in solar-thermal projects is over.

Over a year after its acquisition, Mint may be getting stale, writes TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid.

Marty Lipton walks through his motivations for developing the poison pill during the hostile takeover boom of the 1980s on TheDeal TV.

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