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BoA, Wells Fargo Wrap Up Takeovers

Tough road ahead for merged financial institutions

(Newser) - Bank of America and Wells Fargo completed their respective takeovers of Merrill Lynch and Wachovia this week, expected developments that close the books on a year of unprecedented change in the banking industry, Reuters reports. The acquisition of Merrill makes BoA the largest US bank by assets, with $2.7... More »

Low-Key Lawyer to Moderate Dow Buyout

Attorney will mediate Bancrofts sit-down, then tally the votes

(Newser) - One man stands between News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch and the Dow Jones-controlling Bancroft Family: a reserved, unassuming Boston lawyer named Michael B. Elefante, who has managed most of the Bancrofts' trust accounts for decades. Next week, beginning with Monday's strictly informational meeting, Elefante will mediate the $5B transaction. More »

Hot LBO Market Takes Hit

As big-time deals struggle to manage debt, beware the Trojan piggy bank

(Newser) - The red-hot market for LBOs may be hitting a long-awaited rough patch. Several big deals—including Apollo's $1.3 billion Linens 'n Things buy and the multigroup $17.6 billion acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor Holdings—have turned sour, with the companies struggling to generate enough cash to pay down debt... More »

Alcan Steels Itself Against Alcoa Bid

Canadian aluminum producer rejects US rival, says it will seek other offers

(Newser) - Canadian aluminum maker Alcan has rejected the $24.7-billion bid from rival Alcoa that would have been the biggest takeover in the metals industry, and signalled its intention to look elsewhere. Alcoa’s  $74.60-per-share bid was inadequate, Alcan’s CEO said today, reigniting rumors that both companies may be... More »

Burgeoning Saudi Firm Snags GE Plastics

$11.6B deal is Gulf region's biggest ever

(Newser) - A Saudi chemical company will take over General Electric's plastics division in a deal worth $11.6 billion, the companies said today. Saudi Basic Industries Corp., or Sabic, beat out Dutch-owned Basell for GE Plastics, which was put up for sale in January. The purchase, the largest ever by a... More »

Blackstone Makes $7.8B Deal for Alliance

Private equity continues to pour into financial processing

(Newser) - Blackstone has snapped up credit card services provider Alliance Data for $7.8 billion, joining a surge of private equity into dull but profitable back-office firms. The 30% above-market offer for Alliance, which also runs a data processing unit, is the latest in a wave of takeovers in the financial-processing... More »

Private Equity Firm Eyes Bausch & Lomb

Troubled contact lens giant fields $4.5B buyout offer

(Newser) - Bausch & Lomb is seeing the private equity light at the end of the tunnel. After a year of costly recalls, accounting snafus, and lawsuits that have shaken the contact lens giant, B&L is entertaining a $4.5 billion offer—including $830 million in debt—from Warburg Pincus. The... More »

Qantas Deal Crashes

(Newser) - Qantas Airlines will keep flying solo, after what would have been the biggest airline takeover in history fell through yesterday evening. Airline Partners Australia, the private equity consortium that offered $11.1 billion for the company, failed to secure the 50% of stock it needed to move the deal to... More »

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