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BNP Paribas acquires South Africa's RCS

BNP Paribas has acquired RCS in a deal valued USD250 million, reported Ventures Africa.

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State Bank of India to raise international investments valued USD750 million

State Bank of India has announced raising USD750 million to USD1 billion worth of overseas investments through bond sales, reported ET.

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OTP Bank close to acquire MKB from BayernLB

Hungary's OTP Bank is close to acquiring MKB from BayernLB said sources familiar with the matter, reported Reuters.

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JP Mogran, HSBC and Merill Lynch offer bridge loan to Singapore's OCBC

Three banks have offered a bridge loan for the acquisition of Singapore's Overseas-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd. over Wing Hang Bank, reported Reuters citing sources familiar with the matter.

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Morgan Stanley shareholders await Fed's decision on share repurchase

Shareholders of Wall Street lender Morgan Stanley are looking forward to the decision of the US Federal Reserve if it will allow it to return capital to them via share repurchases, Reuters reported.

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Jersey-based gold explorer Lydian pockets C$4.7M in private placement

Saint Helier, Jersey-based gold mining and minerals exploration Lydian International pocketed C$4.7 million in a private share sale to its shareholders International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) to fund its operations in Armenia.

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UK startup Allthings lands £400K in funding to organize business tasks

Dundee, UK-based software startup Allthings landed £400,000 in funding from the Scottish Investment Bank and other local investors to support its growth strategy and the improvement of its task-listing and collaboration tool.

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Nedbank Capital seeks new mining investment destinations in Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa-based banking network Nedbank Capital is looking for new mining investment destinations in Africa, aside from gold explorations in Tanzania, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.

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Scottish tech firm Dukosi secures £320,000 from Par Equity venture capital and Scottish Investment Bank

Dukosi, the Scottish technology firm that developed the Electric Vehicle Optimization Integrated Circuit, secured £320,000 to help finance the commercial roll out of its smart chip geared towards electric vehicles, the Herald Scotland reported.

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Permira to buy Tilney's regional businesses from Deutsche Bank

Permira will be buying the regional businesses of private client investment manager Tilney in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool from Deutsche Bank, a statement about the funding said.

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Cisco invests $6M in Badia Impact Fund to support startups in Jordan

San Jose, US-based networking giant Cisco invested $6 million in the Badia Impact Fund to back tech startups in Jordan as part of a $10 million venture capital investment already committed in May 2011.

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Sina hires Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse for Weibo's New York IPO

Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse were hired by Chinese Internet firm Sina to take care of the debut of its microblogging platform Weibo in New York, according to sources interviewed by the Financial Times.

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Financial crisis fears rise while Wells Fargo eases way back into subprime home loans

Wells Fargo & Co is now making its way back to the subprime mortgage market, potentially bringing fears that US lenders will be making the same mistakes that prompted the financial crisis, Reuters reported.

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To ease their dependents on banks, Ireland's agri-food firms encouraged to seek funding from private venture sources

AgriFood Business Partners Finance Director Cathal Fitzgerald urged Ireland's food processors and dairy cooperatives to seek capital from private venture sources, the Irish Examiner reported.

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Greece's National Bank intends to sell private equity business-sources

Three banking sources told Reuters that Greece's National Bank has plans to divest its London-based private equity arm NBGI in order to increase its capital.

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