GDF Suez says interested in some of Areva's activities

French gas and power group GDF Suez (GSZ.PA) is interested in some of the activities of nuclear firm Areva (AREVA.PA), a spokesman for the company said on Monday.

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Exor committed to $6.4 billion spurned offer for PartnerRe

Italy's Exor (EXOR.MI) said on Monday it remained fully committed to its $6.4 billion offer for PartnerRe (PRE.N) after the Bermuda-based reinsurer rejected its attempt to trump a bid by Axis Capital Holdings (AXS.N).

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Guo Guangchang

China's Fosun offers $1.8 billion for 80 percent of U.S. insurer Ironshore

Fosun International Ltd (0656.HK), an investment company controlled by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, said it had offered to buy the 80 percent it does not already own in U.S. insurer Ironshore Inc (IRSH.N) for $1.8 billion.

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BHP Billiton Ltd

BHP's South32 risks tough market debut, M&A talk swirls

BHP Billiton's shareholders are expected to approve the biggest ever spin-off in the mining industry on Wednesday, seeking to wring more value out of a string of long-neglected aluminum, manganese, silver and nickel assets.

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Time Warner Inc. headquarters

Executives close to Charter reach out to Time Warner Cable on merger: WSJ

Top executives close to Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O) have reached out to management at Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N) to discuss a possible merger of the cable operators, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi will keep control of AC Milan, Fininvest says

Silvio Berlusconi will keep control of his AC Milan soccer club but could sell a minority stake, his holding company said on Saturday, following talks between the former Italian prime minister and Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol.

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Third Point takes stake in Yum! Brands, stock climbs

Billionaire investor Daniel Loeb said on Friday his hedge fund has taken a new position in Yum! Brands (YUM.N), sending the fast-food restaurant company's stock up nearly 7 percent.

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SAP says not considering acquiring

German business software company SAP (SAPG.DE) said on Friday it is not considering acquiring online rival Inc (CRM.N), after a news report suggested the leaders of the two companies had held talks about strategic alliances last year.

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Rocket Internet

Rocket Internet cuts stakes in two lending sites: Spiegel

Rocket Internet, a tech investor focused on emerging market ventures, has reduced its stakes in two of its Europe-focused financial services start-ups after facing setbacks there, Germany's Spiegel magazine said.

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Monsanto offers to buy Syngenta again: Bloomberg

Monsanto (MON.N), the world's largest seed company has again approached Switzerland's Syngenta (SYNN.VX) in recent weeks with an offer to buy the company, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter.

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Time Warner

Time Warner Cable, Charter held deal talks with Bright House: WSJ

Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N) and Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O) separately held acquisition talks with Bright House Networks, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

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Pfizer is mystery bidder for rare disease drugmaker Sobi - sources

Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) is the mystery bidder for Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (SOBIV.ST), the rare disease specialist which disclosed this week that a potential buyer had made a preliminary offer, people with knowledge of the situation said.

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Japan Tobacco International

Japan Tobacco to buy U.S. e-cigarette maker Logic Technology

Japan Tobacco said on Thursday it had agreed to buy Florida-based e-cigarette maker Logic Technology Development LLC as it aims to become a global leader in the nascent, but fast-growing, market.

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Rosneft petrol station, Moscow

Saras and Rosneft abandon plans for trading joint venture

Italian refiner Saras (SRS.MI) and Russian energy giant Rosneft (ROSN.MM) have called off plans to set up a trading joint venture, Saras Managing Director Dario Scaffardi said on Tuesday.

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Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd

China agrees $2-billion infrastructure deal with Equatorial Guinea

China's biggest lender by assets, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, said on Wednesday it had signed an infrastructure pact worth $2 billion with the oil-rich west African nation of Equatorial Guinea.

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