updated - December 10, 2018 Monday EST
Marriott International, Inc. has announced in a press release that it will be acquiring Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. for $12.2 billion. The acquisition makes Marriott the largest hotel company in the world.
Julius Baer Group Ltd. has announced in a press release that it has agreed to increase its stake at Kairos Investment Management SpA, the leading independent Italian wealth and asset management firm. The acquisition would reinforce Julius Baer’s and Kairos’ long-term position in Italy.
General Electric Co. (GE) is nearing the sale of its Japanese commercial lending business with only two bidders remaining, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The bids have valued GE’s commercial lending and leasing operation at nearly $5 billion.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) have announced in a press release that they have completed the first flight of their first next-generation regional jet. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is set to undergo its flight testing in the U.S. on the second quarter of 2016 at the jet’s base in Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington State.
Dennis Williams, the president of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) have announced in a press release that they will be extending the deadline for the ratification of the deal the union made with General Motors Company (GM). Williams said that he has determined that further discussions with automaker were needed. USA Today adds that the delay in ratification, which is extended until November 20, 2015, has created tension at some plants between production workers and skilled trades workers.
Springleaf Holdings, Inc. has announced in a press release that it will be selling 127 branches in 11 states as part of the settlement terms it has reached with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Attorney Generals of seven states. The settlement agreement has cleared the way for the closure of Springleaf’s acquisition of OneMain Financial Holdings, LLC.
A consortium that consists of the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), OMERS, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have announced in a joint statement that they will be acquiring Skyway Concession Company LLC for a total of $2.8 billion, according to a press release issued by OMERS. The acquisition of Skyway is in line with the strategy of the three pension funds.
Fossil Group, Inc. has announced in a press release that it will be acquiring Misfit, Inc., an innovator in wearable technology and stylish connected devices, for $260 million. The acquisition allows Fossil to expand its addressable market and offer consumers both traditional timepieces and fashionable connected accessories.
Hulu is looking to sell a stake to Time Warner Inc., part of a deal that would value the company at more than $5 billion, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The move would allow Hulu to advance its efforts to compete against Netflix, Inc. and Amazon.com, Inc.
General Motors Co., (GM) is planning to start selling the Buick Envision, a mid-sized sports utility vehicle (SUV), made in Shandong province, people familiar with the plan told The Wall Street Journal. The plan would add a third SUV to Buick’s U.S. lineup at a time when crossovers are among the best selling vehicles in the market.
Blackstone Group LP announced in a press release that they will be acquiring approximately $3 billion of global real estate fund interests from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The acquisition is in line with CalPERS strategic plan to reduce cost and external investment managers.
Barrick Gold Corporation has announced in a press release that it will be selling four non-core assets to Kinross Gold Corporation and Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP for a total of $720 million in cash. The sale of the assets is part of the company’s effort to reduce its debt, which it said is on track to meet.
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has announced in a press release published in PR Newswire that they have partnered with DoorDash, a company that offers on-demand delivery. The partnership allows KFC to deliver its food to customers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Orange County.
Airbnb said in a blog post that the company is planning for greater cooperation with cities with its new Airbnb Community Compact policy. Under the new policy the company is planning to be more transparent and pay its fair share of taxes.
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