Finance/Venture

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank says to review strategy, no comment on Postbank sale report

Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) said it would review its strategy in 2015 after a business magazine said it was considering major changes, possibly including the sale of its Postbank-branded (DPBGn.DE) retail unit and a revision of its profit targets.

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Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered to sell Hong Kong consumer business to Pepper-linked consortium

Standard Chartered (STAN.L) has agreed to sell its Hong Kong-based consumer finance business to a consortium that includes Pepper Australia Pty Ltd and a Chinese group, in a deal estimated between $600 million to $700 million, two people with knowledge of the deal said.

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U.S. Federal Reserve

Energy, tech shares lead Wall Street higher at open

U.S. stocks rose at the open on Monday, following the worst week for the benchmark S&P 500 index in more than two years, with investors focused on crude oil prices which earlier hit a fresh 5-1/2-year low.

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Carlyle Group LP

Carlyle, Warburg Pincus in the lead to acquire DBRS

A private equity consortium of Carlyle Group LP (CG.O) and Warburg Pincus LLC is in advanced talks to acquire privately held credit rating agency DBRS Ltd for more than $500 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Santander

Santander says not considering buyout of U.S. auto finance unit

Spain's Santander (SAN.MC) said it was not considering buying out the 28 percent of its U.S. auto finance business that is currently listed on the stock market after Bloomberg reported earlier on Tuesday the Spanish bank was mulling such a move.

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SMBC

Sumitomo Mitsui to buy Citigroup's Japan retail unit

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc (8316.T) will announce as soon as next week that it will buy Citigroup Inc's (C.N) Japanese consumer banking business, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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IPO

Thai Jasmine delays $1.2 billion Broadband fund IPO to January

Thailand's Jasmine Broadband Internet Infrastructure Fund has pushed back the listing of an up to $1.2 billion initial public offering to January due to a delay in approvals from stock market regulator, IFR reported on Monday.

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Temasek Holdings

Temasek buys stake in U.S. electronic trading firm Virtu

Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings has agreed to buy a minority stake in Virtu Financial Inc, the New York-based electronic dealing firm said on Monday, in a bet on the growth of automated trading globally.

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Lloyds Banking Group Plc

Lloyds sells portfolio of Irish mortgages to Goldman Sachs and CarVal

Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) has sold a 1.6-billion-pound ($2.50 billion) portfolio of Irish mortgages to Goldman Sachs (GS.N) and CarVal, a private equity group, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

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Alibaba, Tencent chairmen invest in China's Ping An Insurance

The founders of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) and Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) were among a consortium of investors who purchased stakes in Ping An Insurance Group Co of China Ltd (2318.HK) (601318.SS) in a HK$36.5 billion ($4.7 billion) deal on Sunday, in one of the largest Hong Kong share offerings of the year.

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BlackRock

Blackrock cut stake in Italy's Banco Popolare to 4.9 percent: filing

U.S. investment firm Blackrock (BLK.N) has lowered its stake in Italian cooperative bank Banco Popolare (BAPO.MI), according to a regulatory filing on Friday which showed a holding of 4.91 percent as of Nov. 21.

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RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd

RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum Underwriters for $1.9 billion

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd (RNR.N) said it would buy fellow Bermuda-based reinsurer Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd (PTP.N) for about $1.9 billion to boost its U.S. business.

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Medibank Private

Australia's Medibank IPO prices at A$2.15 a share, raising A$5.7 billion

Australia said on Sunday it would list state-owned health insurer Medibank Private Ltd (MPL.AX) with a market capitalization of A$5.679 billion ($4.9 billion), exceeding the top end of a range indicated in its IPO filing a month earlier.

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Blackstone Group LP

Blackstone chases Buffett with 'core' private equity

Blackstone Group LP has reached out to its biggest fund investors about investing in a new investment vehicle with a longer investment horizon than the typical 10-year private equity fund, according to people familiar with the matter

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Alibaba Group

Alibaba's Ma: financial services IPO 'definite', eyes China mainland listing

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's (BABA.N) finance services arm "will definitely go public," Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Tuesday, eyeing a mainland China listing for the e-commerce company's crown jewel.

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