M&A wrap: Banks vie for Facebook IPO role

December 30, 2011


With the prized Facebook IPO on the horizon for 2012, the lead investment-banking role is still up for grabs and long-time rivals Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are considered front runners, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In this Deal Pipeline video, Paul Hastings corporate department partner Barry Brooks predicts that mergers and acquisitions in financial services will jump in 2012.

Banco Bradesco, Brazil’s second-biggest private sector bank, pulled out of talks to buy HSBC Holdings‘ consumer finance unit Losango on concern about potential charges related to labor disputes, a local newspaper reported on Friday.

The settlement between the Trust Company of the West and Jeffrey E. Gundlach caps a bitter and protracted dispute that turned the normally anodyne mutual fund world into a heated legal battleground, reports DealBook.

Swiss Petroplus struggles to keep its refineries across Europe running after aggressive acquisitions by former chairman Thomas O’Malley up to 2007 have given way to the current credit crunch, economic slowdown and financial crisis.

As 2011 draws to a close it has become quite vogue to proclaim the end of the gold bull market and predict that gold will fall below $1300 at some point in the new year.

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