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Chad Bray
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Journalist with The New York Times covering banking, mergers and acquisitions, regulation and other topics for DealBook in London
Journalist with The New York Times covering banking, mergers and acquisitions, regulation and other topics for DealBook in London

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Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has agreed to pay €417M for stake in international renewable energy business of Acciona; will take one-third stake in Acciona Energía International unit

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Shire made its case on Monday why it should remain independent amid a wave of mergers in the pharmaceutical industry; says, as an independent company, it can more than double its sales by 2020 to about $10B

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British roadside assistance provider AA raised £1.39B, or about $2.36B, in its initial public offering in London; priced offering of 554 million shares at 250 pence a share giving it a market capitalization of £1.39B

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Spanish lender Banco Santander will pay about €700M for General Electric’s Scandinavian consumer finance business; deal is part of Santander’s growth plans in Sweden, Denmark and Norway

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British hedge fund manager Man Group has agreed to acquire Numeric Holdings for up to $494M

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Britain's Home Office says it is weighing whether to financially reward whistle-blower for white-collar crime tips. Home Office, other British agencies debating adoption of whistle-blower system similar to US to root out fraud, corruption and bribery

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Nestlé has put its Jenny Craig brand on the block, seven years after spending $600 million to buy the firm, according to person familiar with matter. Move follows comments by Nestlé’s chief executive Paul Bulcke that the company planned to divest some of its under performing businesses.

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Four men arrested in Britain last week are being investigated over ties to Silk Road, an allegedly illicit online marketplace. US authorities arrested Silk Road's founder, shuttered the website last week. Bitcoins were allegedly used for drug sales, other criminal acts.

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The U.K. kicked off the second phase Tuesday of "Help to Buy," a program designed to spur home buying in Britain. Under program, British government will guarantee up to 15% of a loan for a home worth up to £600,000. The program is designed to ease down payment crunch.

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The U.K. government sought permission from the E.U. earlier this summer for a possible split of Royal Bank of Scotland. The U.K. is evaluating whether toxic assets that forced R.B.S. into a government bailout five years ago should be walled off into new entity
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