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UPDATE 1-Iliad founder to buy Orange Switzerland for $2.9 billion

LONDON, Dec 18 - Telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel's NJJ Capital has agreed to buy Swiss mobile operator Orange Switzerland from private equity group Apax Partners for 2.8 billion Swiss francs ($2.9 billion), Apax said in a statement.

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Dec 18 - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1100 GMT on Thursday:

4:30pm IST

Private equity firm Carlyle names insider as CFO

Dec 18 - Carlyle Group LP has named Curtis Buser, the private equity firm's chief accounting officer since 2004, as its next chief financial officer, succeeding Adena Friedman, who departed in May to return to NASDAQ OMX Group Inc .

Regulatory News, 4:30pm IST

Carige set to increase size of rights issue to 700 mln euros-sources

MILAN, Dec 18 - Italy's Banca Carige is set to raise the size of a planned capital increase to 700 million euros ($863 million) to fill a shortfall uncovered by a Europe-wide health check of lenders, three sources close to the situation said.

4:24pm IST

Telecoms tycoon Niel to buy Orange Switzerland for $2.9 billion

PARIS, Dec 18 - Telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel's NJJ Capital has agreed to buy Swiss mobile operator Orange Switzerland from private equity group Apax Partners for 2.8 billion Swiss francs ($2.9 billion), Apax said in a statement.

Regulatory News, 4:15pm IST

Motor racing-Christmas is a bit of a trial for Ecclestone

LONDON, Dec 18 - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revisited his German bribery trial in a mischievous Christmas card depicting himself handing over $100 million to a masked highwayman pointing a pistol at him.

Motor Sports, 3:52pm IST

BRIEF-Euromoney Institutional Investor completes Dealogic transaction

* Confirms that it has completed the acquisition of a 15.5% equity stake in New Dealogic incorporated by The Carlyle Group to acquire Dealogic Holdings Plc alongside Carlyle and Dealogic's founders. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Regulatory News, 3:21pm IST

BRIEF-Hansteen sells 11 UK property assets for 43.9 mln stg

* Has completed sale of eleven UK assets from Ashtenne Industrial Fund, in which it has a 36.7 pct interest, for combined price of 43.9 mln stg Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

12:48pm IST

S.Korean poultry firm preferred to buy bulk shipper Pan Ocean

SEOUL, Dec 18 - A unit of South Korean poultry firm Harim Group said on Thursday a court chose its parent's holding company as the preferred bidder to buy bulk shipper Pan Ocean Co Ltd in a deal worth at least 850 billion won ($771 million).

10:02am IST

Spectrum Equity to buy real estate software company ExactBid-sources

Dec 17 - Tech-focused private equity firm Spectrum Equity is acquiring control of ExactBid, a private company that makes software for the commercial real estate sector, according to sources close to the matter.

10:00am IST
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Japan banks to bulk up India presence on improving ties

MUMBAI - Faced with a shrinking economy and tepid loan demand at home, Japan's largest banks are looking to bolster their presence in India, enthused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda and improving ties between the two countries.

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Modi moves in to speed up $300 billion stuck projects

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken direct control of a project-monitoring body to fast-track investments worth almost $300 billion and revive manufacturing in the country, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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