Uber Technologies approved SoftBank Group's offer to buy a multibillion-dollar stake in the ride-hailing company, setting the stage for one of the largest private startup deals ever and which would resolve a legal battle between former Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and a prominent shareholder.
An Air Berlin flight was grounded in Reykjavik over the airline's unpaid airport charges. The Icelandic aviation authority would not allow the plane to take off without paying its bills. Cash-strapped Air Berlin, one of Germany’s largest airlines, filed for insolvency in August after shareholder Etihad announced it would no longer be providing financial support. A €210 million ($247 million) bid by Lufthansa to buy the airline was accepted last week.
Activist investor RBR Capital Advisors, supported by Gaël de Boissard, a former Credit Suisse investment bank co-head on Tuesday confirmed it has built a position in Credit Suisse and has been talking with the Swiss bank's management. RBR Capital Advisors will reveal its plan later in the week at a conference in New York, the Financial Times reported. According to the report, the plan will offer the argument for a three-way split of Credit Suisse into an investment bank, an asset management group and a wealth manager accommodating the Switzerland-based bank's retail and business banking operations.
Germany's Bayer said Friday it would sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, kick-starting a competitor in the seeds market even as it clears the way for its mammoth takeover of US-based Monsanto. Bayer is selling some of its Crop Science business to BASF to help clear the way for its pending $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co. Bayer announced Friday that it had signed an agreement to sell the units for 5.9 million euro, or about $7 billion. "We are taking an active approach to address potential regulatory concerns, with the goal of facilitating a successful close of the Monsanto transaction,” Werner Baumann, Bayer chairman, said in a statement.
Lufthansa is set to sign a deal to buy parts of Air Berlin, the failed German carrier. The deal was reported Thursday morning by the Rheinische Post and confirmed to Fortune by Lufthansa. Germany's second-largest carrier filed for bankruptcy in August after its main shareholder, Etihad, said it would not give further financial support.
Swiss private bank J. Safra Sarasin Group has agreed to buy Bank Hapoalim's private banking businesses in Luxembourg and Switzerland, with offices in Zurich and Luxembourg, the Swiss group said on Tuesday. "The agreement covers qualifying clients and their relationship management teams who are focused on private banking clients across Israel and Europe," it added in a statement. It gave no purchase price for the deal, which it said was set to wrap up in the first half of 2018 pending regulatory approval.
Ikea, the Swedish furniture retail giant, has bought TaskRabbit, a San Francisco startup that lets people hire workers to do short-term odd jobs—like setting up Ikea furniture, fixing a leaky faucet, or setting up for a party. Ikea said it tested TaskRabbit in its stores in London last year and plans to roll out the service in U.S. stores and more U.K. locations. More countries may be added later. Before the TaskRabbit deal, certain Ikea stores already provided some independent workers to assemble goods.
American billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway group has officially become the top shareholder in Bank of America after exercising its right to buy 700 million shares at a discount. Buffett had received the warrants in 2011 after investing $5 billion in the bank, which was suffering at the time from the fallout from the global financial crisis.
Gilead Sciences Inc agreed to buy Kite Pharma Inc in a $11.9 billion deal on Monday, as it looks to fuel growth with an emerging class of cancer immunotherapies that are expected to generate billions. Gilead will pay $180 per share in an all-cash deal, representing a 29.4 percent premium over Kite’s Friday close. Kite’s shares were trading up at $178.15 before the bell.
Italy's largest retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement to buy Switzerland's Banque Morval. "The agreement is in line with Intesa Sanpaolo's strategic plan to strengthen its presence on international markets in the field of private banking," the two said in a joint statement, without disclosing the value of the acquisition.
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