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Oct 21, 2014

Bertelsmann to buy Relias Learning from Vista Equity

SAN FRANCISCO/MUNICH, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Europe’s largest
media group, Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA, said on Tuesday
it had struck a deal to acquire Relias Learning from buyout firm
Vista Equity Partners, in what is the company’s biggest push yet
into educational software.

Bertelsmann said in a statement that the price was in the
“mid-hundreds of millions” of dollars. Two people familiar with
the deal, who were not authorized to disclose details publicly,
said Bertelsmann would pay around $540 million.

Oct 17, 2014

Ex-Yugoslav spy chiefs on trial for dissident murder in Germany

MUNICH Germany (Reuters) – Two former Yugoslav intelligence chiefs went on trial in Munich on Friday, charged with masterminding the murder of a Yugoslav dissident in the southern German state of Bavaria more than three decades ago.

Croats Josip Perkovic, 69, and Zdravko Mustac, 72, top officials in the communist-era Yugoslav secret service, are accused of planning the murder of Stjepan Durekovic, also a Croat, who was found dead of gunshot wounds and head injuries in a garage in the town of Wolfratshausen in 1983.

Sep 17, 2014

Adidas shares jump on report of hedge fund activism

MUNICH (Reuters) – Shares in sportswear maker Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) jumped on Wednesday on a report that a group of hedge funds is seeking to buy a stake to pressure management to make sweeping changes, although one of the funds dismissed this.

Germany’s manager magazin said hedge funds including Knight Vinke, Third Point and TCI were considering buying stake in the world’s second-largest sportswear company, driving a 4 percent jump in its shares.

Aug 12, 2014

German prosecutors seek charges against Deutsche Bank co-CEO in Kirch case-sources

MUNICH/FRANKFURT, Aug 12 (Reuters) – German prosecutors are
seeking charges against Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen
Fitschen and several former executives at the bank in connection
with the long-running Kirch bankruptcy case, legal sources said
on Tuesday.

The decision to pursue charges, while widely expected, is a
serious blow to Fitschen and Germany’s largest bank, which faces
an array of legal problems, including investigations into
possible manipulation of benchmark interest rates and foreign
exchange markets.

Aug 5, 2014

Ecclestone trial halted after F1 boss agrees to $100 million settlement

MUNICH, Germany, Aug 5 (Reuters) – A German court on Tuesday halted a bribery trial against Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for his paying a $100 million fee, under the terms of a settlement agreed by prosecutors and the chief executive of Formula One.

Such an agreement is possible in German law, depending on the charges. It means the 83-year-old Ecclestone preserves his innocence and is spared the prospect of a lengthy trial.

Aug 5, 2014

Formula One boss Ecclestone offers $100 mln to end trial : court

MUNICH Germany (Reuters) – Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has offered to make a $100 million payment to end his trial on bribery charges, a district court in Munich said on Tuesday, with state prosecutors saying they would accept his offer.

Judge Peter Noll asked Ecclestone if he could make the $100 million payment (75 million euros) within a week. Ecclestone’s defense attorney Sven Thomas answered “that’s do-able”.

Aug 1, 2014

Settlement of German Ecclestone bribery case possible: court

MUNICH (Reuters) – A bribery trial against Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone that has been threatening his hold over the motor sport may end early with a settlement, a Munich court spokeswoman said on Friday, after Ecclestone’s lawyers held talks with prosecutors.

Ecclestone, 83, went on trial in Munich in April over allegations he bribed a former German banker as part of the sale of a major stake in the motor sport business eight years ago.

Jul 29, 2014

Ecclestone seeks to settle German bribery case

MUNICH, Germany, July 29 (Reuters) – Lawyers for Formula One
boss Bernie Ecclestone held talks with German prosecutors on
Tuesday to try to settle a bribery trial that threatens his grip
on the motor sport.

Ecclestone, 83, went on trial in Munich in April over
allegations he bribed a former German banker as part of the sale
of a major stake in the motor sport business eight years ago.

Jul 29, 2014

Talks held on settlement of Ecclestone German bribery case

MUNICH, Germany, July 29 (Reuters) – German prosecutors held talks on Tuesday with lawyers for Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone over a possible settlement of his bribery trial.

Ecclestone, 83, went on trial in Munich in April over allegations he bribed a former German banker as part of the sale of a major stake in the motor sport business eight years ago.

Jul 24, 2014

BayernLB sells unit MKB to Hungary

MUNICH/BUDAPEST, July 24 (Reuters) – German state-backed
lender BayernLB is selling its Hungarian MKB unit to
that country’s government, ending an ill-fated investment that
has cost it a total of 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in losses
over the last 20 years.

BayernLB bought MKB in 1994 as a way to expand its banking
business in fast-growing Eastern Europe. But Hungary’s banks
were hit in 2010 by high taxes as the government sought to plug
a budget deficit. It also forced lenders to take losses on a
scheme allowing households to repay mortgages below market
rates. Budapest-based MKB lost 409 million euros in 2013 alone.