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The Great Hall of the People in China

When China seeks investments, diplomatic rows are no barrier

Two foreign investments in Chinese financial institutions this month suggest China will not turn away cash from countries it has taken diplomatic or trade measures against after blaming them for interference in its domestic affairs.

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Cattle farm

Hedge funds eye troubled Australian mining and farming companies

International hedge funds are increasingly targetting troubled firms in Australia, from cotton or macadamia farms to cattle stations and vineyards, expecting a nascent distressed debt market to generate double-digit returns.

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Beechcraft Corporation

Cessna plane maker Textron to acquire Beechcraft for $1.4 billion

Textron Inc., the maker of Cessna planes, reportedly agreed to takeover aircraft manufactured Beechcraft Corporation for $1.4 billion. Beechcraft has put up itself for sale after emerging from a bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

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Vodafone Group PLC

Vodafone inks 'domination' agreement after €7.7B takeover of cable company Kabel Deutschland

Vodafone Group has agreed on a domination agreement with Kabel Deutschland a few months after purchasing the German cable company for €7.7 billion. Domination agreements are used in Germany by acquirers who wish to gain full control of the company without controlling all the shares.

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Fiat SpA

Italian car maker Fiat restarts talks to acquire Chrysler stake -sources

Turin, Italy-based car maker Fiat SpA restarted negotiations to purchase the remaining shares of US-based auto manufacturer Chrysler Group LLC, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Brookfield Property Partners LP

Brookfield Property increases buyout offer for New York's Brookfield Office to $5.1B

Hamilton, Bermuda-based global commercial property firm Brookfield Property Partners LP increased its offer to buy New York, US-based firm Brookfield Office Properties Inc by $1 per share after a bid evaluation.

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DraftFCB

UK advertising firm DraftFCB acquires Inferno

London-based global advertising firm DraftFCB has acquired independent creative agency Inferno in a takeover transaction that could give the agency a market valuation of £20 million.

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Sprint Corp.

At least half a dozen banks vie to finance possible Sprint bid for T-Mobile -sources

Sprint chairman and SoftBank chief executive Masayoshi Son was reportedly meeting senior bank executives in New York. Sources said that banks are readying proposals for financing a bid by Sprint Corp. for T-Mobile US.

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Pancake House Inc

Philippine-based Max's Group takes over Pancake House

The Max's Group of Companies has bought Philippine-based casual dining chain operator Pancake House Inc prior to the former's local stock market debut, in a deal valued at almost PHP3.9 billion.

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Dealer.com

Dealtrack Technologies to takeover car marketer Dealer.com for $1B

Software company Dealertrack Technologies will buy out online marketing and sales provider Dealer.com for $1 billion. Dealertrack will pay $620 million in cash and $373 million in stock.

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IBM

IBM picks up US file transfer firm Aspera

Ontario, Canada-based tech giant IBM is acquiring California, US-based bootstrapped file transfer firm Aspera to provide its clients with a file transfer tool for data from social media and various devices.

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Jones New York

Private equity firm Sycamore to acquire Jones Group for $2.2B including debt

Jones Group on Thursday announced that it will be bought by private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $2.2 billion, including the assumption of its debt. Sycamore valued Jones Group shares at $15 apiece.

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BASF SE

Chemicals maker BASF prepares bid for RWE's oil and gas exploration and production unit

BASF SE, the largest chemicals company in Germany, is working on a bid for RWE DEA AG. DEA is the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) unit of German electric utilities company RWE AG.

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Bayer AG

Bayer to acquire Algeta in $2.9 B deal

Germany-based healthcare and agricultural products company Bayer said it will be buying Norway-based Algeta, its partner in developing a prostate cancer therapy, in a deal worth $2.9 billion, Bloomberg reported.

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Transpacific Industries Group Ltd.

Carlyle, KKR advance in the bidding for Transpacific Industries' waste management unit

US-based private equity firms Carlyle Group and KKR & Co and Australian investment firm Archer Capital have advanced in the sale of Transpacific Industries Group's waste management business. The three firms are working with banks to put together loan packages to back their bids.

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