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December 12, 2012
10:00 EDTBCS, BCS, GS, GS, GFIG, GFIGHouse Financial Services Committee to hold a hearing
The Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee holds a hearing entitled, "Challenges Facing the U.S. Capital Markets to Effectively Implement Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act". Participants include Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gensler, SEC Director Cook, Managing Director Bailey of Barclays, Managing Director Cohen of Goldman Sachs and EVP Giancarlo of GFI Group on December 12 at 10 am. Webcast Link
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March 27, 2015
06:08 EDTBCSJiayuan.com engages financial advisor, legal counsel to evaluate proposal letter
Jiayuan.com (DATE) announced that the special committee of the company's board has retained Barclays Bank (BCS) as its financial advisor and Davis Polk & Wardwell as its legal counsel in connection with its review and evaluation of the non-binding proposal letter, dated March 3, from Vast Profit Holdings that proposes a "going-private" transaction involving the acquisition of all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the company not already owned by Vast Profit. Paul Hastings LLP is acting as the company's legal counsel. The board cautions the company's shareholders and others considering trading in the company's securities that no decisions have been made by the Special Committee with respect to the company's response to the proposal and there can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.
March 26, 2015
08:17 EDTGSSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
March 25, 2015
18:16 EDTBCSSFX Entertainment CEO Sillerman engages Barclays Capital, Jefferies
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March 24, 2015
07:45 EDTGSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreementís inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrantís common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrantís repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
March 19, 2015
16:11 EDTGFIGGFI Group to delist from NYSE
GFI Group (GFIG) announced that it intends to voluntarily delist and deregister its common stock. GFI has no intention to arrange for the listing of and/or registration of the common stock on another securities exchange. The common stock may, however, be quoted in one or more OTC markets, but there can be no assurance that trading in the common stock will continue OTC or otherwise. Approximately 56% of the outstanding shares of GFI common stock are held by BGC Partners or its affiliates (BGCP).
11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
07:27 EDTGS, BCSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:20 EDTBCSU.S. considers 'tearing up' non-prosecution deals with banks, Bloomberg says
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
March 17, 2015
15:13 EDTGFIGGFI Group in talks to sell tech assets to CME Group, Bloomberg reports
CME Group (CME) has held preliminary talks with BGC Partners (BGCP) about buying trading-software units Trayport and Fenics from GFI Group (GFIG), reported Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The assets may be valued at more than $600M, the report noted. GFI Group shares move into positive ground and are now up 0.5% in afternoon trading following the Bloomberg report. Reference Link
15:01 EDTGFIGCME Group in talks to buy tech assets from GFI Group, Bloomberg says
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14:37 EDTBCSCiti, Barclays near $800M settelement of forex suit, WSJ says
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March 16, 2015
14:08 EDTBCSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
March 13, 2015
15:40 EDTBCSDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTBCSDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
07:18 EDTBCSBarclays new chairman expected to change investment bank unit, WSJ says
John McFarlane, a former restructuring professional, will become chairman of Barclays next month and may accelerate the bank's move away from investment banking, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing analysts including Chirantan Barua of Bernstein Research. However, it is not clear whether McFarlane will attempt to turn the investment bank unit profitable, or simply cut it down, notes Barua. The Journal notes that McFarlane has told friends that his goal will be to boost shareholder returns rather than changing the bank's culture. Reference Link

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