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Deals wrap: Investing in Kraft

Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz bought 12.2 million shares in Kraft Foods during the first quarter, his investment firm reported this week.

“Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and UBS were among bankers leading LinkedIn’s massively hyped — perhaps overhyped — IPO last month. And today — surprise!!! — all four banks told investors to buy, buy buy LinkedIn stock,” reports the NYT’s DealBook.

Bernard L. Madoff, the convicted fraudster, doesn’t think he deserved a 150-year sentence, the NYT reports.

Blackstone Group (BX.N) was recently asked by the SEC to provide extra information about how it remunerates its executives, according to regulatory filings.

Interested in Pandora? Seeking Alpha contributor Spencer Osborne lists some metrics to watch for this Internet radio company.

Deals wrap: VCs think IPO activity low

More than 80 percent of venture capitalists believe the initial public offering market is at very weak levels and it is curbing profits, according to a new survey.

Online video site Hulu has been approached by a potential buyer and is weighing whether to sell itself, according to a person familiar with the matter. GigaOM lists the possible candidates and the merits of a deal for each company.

Taiwan regulators rejected Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co’s $1.6 billion joint management buyout of electronics component maker Yageo Corp, a decision that may cast a shadow over other private equity involvement in the island.

Deals wrap: SABMiller ready for another round?

SAB Miller said it would keep talking to Foster’s Group after Australia’s largest brewer rejected the global giant’s $10.1 billion cash takeover offer as too low.

Research In Motion has lost so much value that an acquirer could pay a 50 percent premium and still buy the BlackBerry maker for a lower multiple than any company in the industry, Bloomberg reports.

Rather than moan about Groupon’s inability to say anything in the quiet period, CEO Andrew Mason should enjoy it while it lasts, writes Felix Salmon.

Deals wrap: Capital One to buy ING’s U.S. online bank

Capital One plans to buy ING’s U.S. online bank for $9 billion in cash and stock, freeing the Dutch bank to repay bailout funds and sever its state ties.

Italian fashion house Prada floated at the low end of its target price range on Friday, raising $2.1 billion as investors baulked at its rich valuation while global markets are weak.

Private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners said it has teamed up with CVC Capital Partners to submit a proposal to buy BJ’s Wholesale Club, the third-largest U.S. wholesale club retailer.

Deals wrap: Cooling off on IPOs

Samsonite, the world’s biggest luggage maker, dropped 7.7 percent in its Hong Kong trading debut on Thursday, underscoring tepid investor appetite for initial public offerings as global markets struggle.

Pipeline operator Energy Transfer will buy smaller rival Southern Union for about $4.11 billion to bolster its natural gas gathering and transportation capacity amid burgeoning production from U.S. shale fields.

Alibaba Group said it has reorganized Taobao, China’s largest e-commerce website, into three separate companies, squashing any chance of a Taobao public offering.

Deals wrap: On to the next tech IPO

Online radio company Pandora Media priced shares in its initial public offering above an already raised range on Tuesday, the latest company to take advantage of red-hot valuations for Internet companies. Deal Journal breaks down the company by the numbers.

DST Systems  has received several buyout overtures from private equity firms in recent months, including one led by activist investor Russell Glass, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

To get General Motors firing on all cylinders, Chief Executive Daniel Akerson needs to fix the sputtering Opel. However, neither a sale nor a quick fix to return to sustained profitable growth is easily achievable, analysts and experts say.

Deals wrap: Ericsson to buy Telcordia

Mobile network equipment maker Ericsson said it would spend $1.15 billion in cash to buy U.S. group Telcordia to boost its presence in the operations and business support sector.

KKR’s planned $1.6 billion buyout of Taiwan electronics components maker Yageo came under a cloud after a source with direct knowledge of the matter said the island’s financial regulator expressed concern over minority shareholders’ rights.

Mid-sized lender China Everbright Bank  plans to raise about $6 billion in a Hong Kong initial public offering, Asia’s biggest so far this year, braving choppy equity markets that have dampened demand for new issuances.

Deals wrap: Waiting for a hostile bid

The head of TMX Group said on Friday a hostile bid could come “any day now,” as a consortium of banks and pension funds prepares to take their approximately $3.7 billion offer for the Canadian exchange operator straight to its shareholders.

Live Nation Entertainment is in talks with its largest shareholder Liberty Media on taking the concert promoter and ticketing company private, the New York Post reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Nokia said it was still in talks with “multiple parties” about its stake in Nokia Siemens Networks, after a report that U.S. private equity firms had backed away from bidding for a majority stake.

Deals wrap: Nokia rumors but no suitors

Nokia’s plunging share price and persistent speculation it might be a takeover target is far from attracting real suitors interested in saving the struggling mobile phone company, write Victoria Howley and Tarmo Virki.

General Motors is considering putting Opel up for sale again as management is losing confidence that the European arm will return to profitability, two German magazines reported.  Here’s a timeline of the twists and turns in Opel’s ownership.

Former BP  boss Tony Hayward and financier Nathaniel Rothschild aim to raise around $1.6 billion with a June listing of an acquisition vehicle that will target oil assets.

Deals wrap: Bid for ING Direct USA

General Electric and Capital One have submitted bids for ING’s U.S. online banking operations in a deal worth about $9 billion, Bloomberg reports.

The frothy market for Internet IPOs is raising the specter of a bubble, underscoring how little has changed despite lawsuits and investigations in the wake of the 1990s dot-com craze.

Maple Group Acquisition Corp, which has gone hostile with its $3.7 billion offer for Toronto Stock Exchange operator TMX Group , is in talks to add at least three other financial-services companies to its consortium, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources.