Chief of UK-based Europa Oil now holds 0.88pct stake after an open offer

Hugh MacKay, the chief executive of UK-based hydrocarbons exploration and production firm Europa Oil & Gas, now holds a 0.88% stake in the company after it held an open offer for 19.3 million shares.

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Kennedy-Wilson purchases retail assets and land in L.A. for $30M

New York, US-based real estate services and investment firm Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc purchased Victory Plaza retail center and its neighboring 2.4-acre land in Los Angeles, California for a total of $30 million in debt.

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National Asset Management Agency to offer free offices for startups in Ireland

The Irish government will be offering empty buildings owned by the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) as free offices for startups under the 2014 Action Plan for Jobs.

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PCH acquires Canadian e-commerce startup ShopLocket

Cork, Ireland-based product development services provider PCH International acquired Toronto, Canada-based e-commerce platform ShopLocket for an undisclosed amount to provide development solutions for hardware startups.

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Environmental software firm AMCS closes €23.5M round to expand beyond Limerick

Limerick, Ireland-based environmental software developer AMCS Group closed €23.5 million in a funding round led by Highland Capital Partners Europe (HCPE) for its expansion into Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas.

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Integra picks up DuraSeal product line from Ireland's Covidien

New Jersey, US-based medical device company Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp completed the acquisition of dural repair product lines from Dublin, Ireland-based manufacturer Covidien for an undisclosed sum, to add to its neurosurgery product portfolio.

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KKR invests $100M in Dublin helicopter leasing business

New York, US-based private equity firm KKR Financial Holdings will invest over $100 million in Dublin, Ireland-based helicopter unit of Lease Corporation International (LCI) to support the latter's growth plans.

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UK retailer Sports Direct acquires 4.6pct stake in Debenhams

Sports Direct, the biggest sporting goods seller in the UK, picked up a 4.6% stake in London-based multinational retail chain Debenhams for an undisclosed sum.

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Borrowing costs for Eurozone's crisis-hit countries fall

Borrowing costs for the Eurozone countries that experienced the brunt of the crisis dropped after a high demand from investors for 10-year bonds offered by the Irish government, the Financial Times reported.

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PCH International acquires Australian distribution firm Conexus

Cork, Ireland-based consumer electronics distributor PCH International announced it has acquired Australian distribution company Conexus for an undisclosed amount to give its clients better access to the Australian and Asian markets.

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News Corp picks up Ireland's social news agency Storyful in $25M deal

New York, US-based media group News Corp has acquired Dublin, Ireland's social news agency Storyful in a deal valued at €18 million ($25 million) to help surface and validate user-generated news online.

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Liberty Insurance shells out €100M to acquire 49% stake in IBRC

Boston-based firm Liberty Mutual Insurance Group reportedly paid more than €100 million to acquire a 49% stake in Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IRBC), amid plans to open 150 new technology jobs in Dublin, Ireland.

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Irish e-commerce fraud prevention firm Trustev adds $500K from Notion Capital

Ireland-based e-commerce fraud prevention startup Trustev added a $500,000 investment from Notion Capital to its recently closed $3-million seed round to capitalize on the booming e-commerce.

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Ireland is no tax haven, it's just competitive - report

A report on VentureBeat explained why the country of Ireland is not an attractive investment only for its low corporate tax rate, which many US tech companies with offices in the region had taken advantage.

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Accelrys picks up Irish software firm Qumas in $50M takeover deal

California, US-based software developing company Accelrys has acquired Ireland-based software business Qumas in a deal valued at $50 million to expand its products expansion and client base.

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