Mergers & Acquisitions

Nikon

Nikon pushes into medtech with $400 million Optos acquisition

Nikon (7731.T), the 98-year-old Japanese company best known for its cameras, has agreed to buy British retinal imaging firm Optos (OPTS.L) for 259.3 million pounds ($400 million) as it moves into the medical sector.

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Li Ka-shing

Hutchison in talks over deal for Britain's O2

Hutchison Whampoa (0013.HK), owner of Britain's fourth-largest mobile operator Three, is in talks with Telefonica (TEF.MC) about buying its O2 network, the Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed city sources.

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Xiaomi

China's Xiaomi to buy stake in software firm Kingsoft from Tencent

China's Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] has agreed to buy about 3 percent of software firm Kingsoft Corp Ltd from Tencent Holdings Ltd for HK$527 million ($67.99 million), according to a Kingsoft filing on Monday.

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Mashreq Bank

Dubai's Mashreq interested in Citigroup's Egypt retail business

Mashreq, Dubai's third-biggest lender by assets, is interested in acquiring Citigroup's Egyptian retail business, Mashreq's chief executive said on Sunday.

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Union Jack Umbrellas

Exterion Media hires bank to explore options-sources

Exterion Media Group, the European outdoor advertising company owned by private equity firm Platinum Equity LLC, is exploring strategic alternatives, including a major acquisition, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Oilfield

ValueAct buys 5.1 percent stake in Baker Hughes

Activist hedge fund ValueAct Capital disclosed a 5.1 percent stake in Baker Hughes Inc (BHI.N), the world's No. 3 oilfield services company that has agreed to be bought by bigger rival Halliburton Co (HAL.N) for $35 billion in cash and stock.

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Dubai Financial Area

UAE's RAK Ceramics says to sell stake in Laticrete venture

United Arab Emirates-based RAK Ceramics RKCE.AD, one of the world's biggest makers of floor and wall tiles, said on Sunday that it would sell its stake in a joint venture with U.S. firm Laticrete for an undisclosed sum.

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Brazilian Currency

Credit Suisse sees stable Brazil dealmaking activity this year

Mergers and acquisitions activity in Brazil this year is likely to have a performance similar to last year's even if sluggish growth further weighs down confidence in Latin America's largest economy, a senior Credit Suisse Group AG dealmaker in the country said.

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GlaxoSmithKline

More unit IPOs an option for evolving GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline could consider more partial public share offerings for component units as it evolves in the coming years, potentially pointing to a break-up of the group if this offers value to shareholders.

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Sky Deutschland Avails Soccer Games to Deutsche Telekom clients

Deutsche Telekom looked at bidding for KPN in 2014

Deutsche Telekom considered making a takeover bid for Dutch rival KPN in 2014, with a view to expanding in neighboring countries, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Apple and Google

Google in talks to buy mobile-payments company Softcard

Google Inc is in talks to buy mobile-payments company Softcard, technology news website TechCrunch reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Iron worker Tyler Brown leans on a safety fence to look at the New York skyline

Survitec buyout backed with $457 million of debt

Canadian private equity firm Onex’s buyout of UK safety and survival equipment maker Survitec will be backed with around 300 million pounds ($457 million) of leveraged loans, banking sources said on Wednesday.

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Hotel bathroom

China's Jin Jiang to acquire Groupe Du Louvre for up to 1.2 billion euros

Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Development Co Ltd has agreed to acquire Europe's Groupe Du Louvre for up to 1.21 billion euros ($1.13-$1.43 billion) from U.S. investment firm Starwood Capital Group, as Chinese hoteliers expand their global footprint.

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Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim may sell U.S. generic unit

German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim is considering the sale of its U.S. generics unit Roxane Labs for as much as 2 billion euros ($2.36 billion), Bloomberg said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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Dollar Tree

Two proxy firms back Dollar Tree's bid for Family Dollar

Changing their previous stance, two influential proxy advisory firms advised Family Dollar Stores Inc shareholders to vote for the retailer's acquisition by Dollar Tree Inc, saying the deal offered more certainty of closure.

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