Three states join AG group probing planned merger of Sprint and T-Mobile

The attorneys general of Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania have joined a group of states probing T-Mobile’s plan to buy rival Sprint for $ 26 billion, which is believed to be nearing the end of a regulatory review.


Reuters: Business News

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Gannett and Tribune may restart merger talks after surviving takeover bids

The two largest newspaper chains in the country, USA Today publisher Gannett and Chicago Tribune owner Tribune, may reignite merger talks, now that both have dispatched with hostile takeovers by smaller suitors. Sources tell Media Ink that there have already been back-door reach-outs in recent months. “A Gannett-Tribune merger remains a live possibility, while McClatchy…
Media | New York Post

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Axiata, Telenor in merger talks to create telecoms giant

Malaysia’s Axiata Group Berhad says it is in talks with Norway’s Telenor ASA to merge their Asian operations to create one of the world’s top telecommunications giant with some 300 million customers in nine countries
ABC News: Business

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Berlin reveals contacts with Deutsche Bank amid merger talks

Deutsche Bank’s Chief Executive had a series of meetings with Germany’s deputy finance minister before and immediately after it announced merger talks with a state-backed rival, according to information revealed by the government.


Reuters: Business News

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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling in Favor of AT&T Merger With Time Warner

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court upheld AT&T’s merger with Time Warner, rejecting a Justice Department effort to reverse a lower court decision that cleared the way for the transaction. In a 3-0 decision, the appellate judges found the government’s claim, that the lower court “misunderstood and misapplied economic principles, “unconvincing.” The ruling was not […]

Variety

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DOJ asks judge to give final approval on CVS-Aetna merger

President Trump’s Department of Justice asked a judge to give final approval of the $ 69 billion merger between CVS and Aetna on Monday — but there’s only a 50 percent chance of the judge agreeing, insiders said. Drugstore company CVS Health did close its planned merger with insurance giant Aetna in November after getting the…
Business | New York Post

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MGM Resorts considers alternatives outside of merger with Caesars

MGM Resorts announced Thursday that it is considering options for its real estate portfolio that sources say will not include merging it with Caesars Entertainment’s real estate owner, Vici Properties. On Thursday, MGM, which added shareholder activist Keith Meister to its board Jan. 18, said it formed a committee to evaluate its real estate options….
Business | New York Post

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CVS creates new health-care giant as $69 billion merger with Aetna officially closes

CVS and Aetna have closed their merger about a year after announcing the deal to combine a drugstore chain, a pharmacy benefit manager and a health insurer.  
Health and Science

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The CBS-Viacom merger could be a few months away: insiders

Not only is Stephen Colbert hopping into bed with SpongeBob SquarePants, they’ll stay up all night playing “Grand Theft Auto” together. That, at least, is shorthand for one of the surprising media-merger scenarios that’s getting pitched as Colbert’s network, CBS, gears up for talks with Viacom, the owner of “SpongeBob” broadcaster Nickelodeon, The Post has…
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CVS-Aetna merger still faces New York state hurdle

CVS Health’s $ 69 billion deal to buy Aetna just cleared the Justice Department — but it hasn’t yet gotten past New York state. Regulators under Gov. Andrew Cuomo have raised “significant concerns” about the merger, and could become the megadeal’s biggest hurdle, sources told The Post. “My guess is five or six percentage points of…
Business | New York Post

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