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Deals wrap: Buffett pulls the trigger

Warren E. Buffett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway, testifies before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission during a public hearing in New York in this June 2, 2010 file photo. Reuters/Shannon StapletonWarren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway struck a deal to buy lubricants maker Lubrizol for $9 billion in cash to tap rising demand for chemicals used to operate engines and machinery. Shira Ovide of the Wall Street Journal takes a spin through Lubrizol’s fundamentals and businesses.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is shopping around its 66 percent stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team and the Toronto Raptors basketball team.

Venture capital investment in U.S. clean technology companies rose 46 percent to $5.1 billion last year after a big decline in 2009, according to a report by research firm Clean Edge.

Could Los Angeles-based Leonard Green & Partners do better than team up with owner-managers to buy discount chain 99 Cents Only? Bloomberg’s Tara Lachapelle and Rita Nazareth make a case for why a leveraged buyout of Dollar Tree  may offer the biggest bang for the buck, citing Bloomberg data that Dollar Tree holds three times as much cash as Family Dollar, is more than twice as profitable as 99 Cents and generates 55 percent more income per dollar of sales than Big Lots.

The afternoon deal: Testing the IPO waters

Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell (R) "sunbathe" on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic town of Longyearbyen April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir   IPOs have been described as a company’s coming-out party but these days it’s more like a “testing the waters” event – which may or may not happen depending on the temperature. Find the latest IPO news below.

CBOE files for $300 million IPO (Reuters)
“The Chicago Board Options Exchange will pay a special dividend of $113 million before the IPO to its current stakeholders, and annual dividends of 20 to 30 percent of prior-year net income to shareholders after the IPO, the company said in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

Kabel Deutschland IPO – ambitious play or cunning ploy?
(Reuters)
“Kabel Deutschland’s premium pricing for its $1 billion IPO could invite a similar fate to other recent failed private equity-led offerings, and some still think it’s a ploy to smoke out trade buyers.”

Samsung Life gets bourse nod for record $4 billion IPO (Reuters)
“Fund managers and analysts are cautious in predicting demand for Samsung Life, ranked 14th among global life insurers in premiums received, but said the IPO would attract developing market-focused funds.”