Deals wrap: Creeping takeovers

January 18, 2011

The Brandenburg Gate is pictured at Pariser Platz square in Berlin April 5, 2010. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch A string of stake buys and takeover bids has shown how merger rules in the euro zone’s two biggest economies can be used to gain control of a target quietly or on the cheap.

Goldman Sachs said it will limit its private placement of shares of social networking site Facebook to investors outside the United States, citing “intense media coverage.”

Federal regulators could approve Comcast Corp’s purchase of NBC Universal as early as Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter said.

Asian hedge funds are beginning to make a tactical sojourn to markets abroad, reversing a trend of global funds setting up shop in Asia.

“The cloud of uncertainty hovering over Spain’s economy doesn’t make an ideal backdrop for mergers and acquisitions. But that hasn’t stopped many of the country’s blue-chip companies from striking big, and in some cases bold, acquisitions abroad in recent months,” reports the WSJ.

MarketWatch makes some predictions for a post-Warren Buffett world.

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