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Deals wrap: ING Direct USA up for sale

CIT Group CEO John Thain is shown in New York in this November 17, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidDutch financial group ING has kickstarted an auction to find a buyer for its U.S. online banking operation ING Direct as part of an effort to raise funds to pay back state aid it received during the financial crisis in 2008.

A report in the New York Post said the sale could raise as much as $10 billion and that several institutions had expressed an interest in buying the unit, including U.S. consumer lender CIT Group, which is now run by former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain (right).

Prosecutors present opening arguments in their insider trading case against Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, who they say built an elaborate network of stock tippers who helped him gain $45 million in illicit profits between 2003 and 2009.  NYT’s DealBook connects the dots in the complex Galleon network with a helpful visual graphic.

HCA, the biggest U.S. for-profit hospital chain, plans to go public on Wednesday in a deal that could renew investor interest in hospital operators. Analysts expect strong demand even though its private equity owners saddled it with a massive amount of debt.

While a public stock market listing is an attractive option for Switzerland’s Glencore, it is only one of the many avenues open to the world’s largest commodity trader, explains Reuters correspondent Julie Crust.

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Icahn’t: Carl says no time for blogging, too little interest

DEAL/Could Carl's silence be golden?

Our favorite billionaire blogger and corporate raider Carl Icahn is safely avoiding writer's cramp. His Icahn Report, launched to much fanfare as a hub for corporate governance  and reform, has not been updated since April 16.

Reuters caught up with Icahn this week to discuss his intervention in CIT's attempted rescue. The legendary investor threw a bomb into the lender's efforts to strike a debt swap deal with its creditors, and to stay in business through a reorganization plan, by offering a $6 billion loan. Asked about the lack of production on his blog, Icahn explained he's been fully engaged this year:

"I've been sort of busy. And right now, with the market up, there's not as much interest in corporate governance like the were was a couple of months ago.  I've been so busy, with all these positions we've got. There's a lot going on."

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Mining group Xstrata did not support hopes of a more general M&A rebound on Thursday, announcing it had no intention of offering for rival Anglo American and that it continued to assess a range of alternative growth options. Read the Reuters report here.

OCBC , the smallest of Singapore’s three local banks, has agreed to buy ING‘s private banking unit in Asia for $1.5 billion, a surprise outcome in a complex drawn-out auction.

CIT Group  is getting closer to finalizing the terms of a new loan that would give the commercial lender, trying to avoid bankruptcy, $3 billion to $6.5 billion, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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American International Group has agreed to sell it’s Taiwan life insurance unit for $2.15 billion, a key step in its effort to raise cash after a U.S. government bailout last year saved the company from collapse, Reuters reports.

CIT Group Inc is seeing little interest from bondholders in a debt exchange offer aimed at repairing its fragile balance sheet, making bankruptcy increasingly likely, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The following other corporate finance-related stories were reported by media on Tuesday: