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March 15, 2013
08:09 EDTDTV, KKR, VIVHYDirecTV withdraws from bidding for Vivendi Brazilian unit, Reuters says
DirecTV (DTV) confirmed that it will not move forward in its pursuit of Vivendi's (VIVHY) GVT unit in Brazil and has withdrawn from the sale process, reported Reuters. Vivendi has put the sale on hold after DirecTV pulled out, the report added, citing people familiar with the matter. Reuters noted that a consortium of private equity groups led by KKR (KKR) had offered a lower price than DirecTV, as previously reported. Reference Link
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March 23, 2015
15:31 EDTVIVHYPSAM calls for EUR9B distribution to Vivendi shareholders
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08:13 EDTDTVPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
07:56 EDTVIVHYVivendi rejects calls from hedge fund to sell Universal Music Group, FT reports
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06:06 EDTKKRAres Management, GE Capital invests in package supporting KKR acquisition
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March 19, 2015
15:46 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near deal for majority of Philips lighting unit, Bloomberg says
Private equity firms KKR (KKR) and CVC Capital Partners are nearing a deal that could be announced as soon as next week to buy 80% of Philips' (PHG) lighting components unit, with Philips retaining the remaining stake, reported Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The firms' bid values the whole of the business at about $2.7B, the sources told Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:19 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near bid for 80% of Philips lighting components unit, Bloomberg says
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March 18, 2015
08:25 EDTKKRSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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08:10 EDTKKRAres Management names Michael McFerran as CFO
Ares Management, L.P. (ARES) announced that it has appointed Michael R. McFerran as Executive VP, CFO and Treasurer, effective March 23. McFerran will assume firm-wide CFO and Treasurer responsibilities. McFerran was previously a Managing Director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) where he served as the CFO of KKR’s credit business and was the COO and CFO of KKR Financial Holdings LLC (KFN). Daniel F. Nguyen, Ares Management’s current CFO and Treasurer, will remain with Ares as CFO of the Ares Private Equity and Tradable Credit Groups and will continue his involvement with firm M&A activities. The CFO roles for each of the other two Ares investment groups, Direct Lending and Real Estate, will continue to be filled by Penni Roll and Tae-Sik Yoon, respectively. In addition, Roll will continue as CFO of Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) and Yoon will continue as CFO of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE).
07:30 EDTDTVAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTKKRUxin raises $170M from KKR, Baidu, others, WSJ says
Chinese used car auctioneer Uxin has raised $170M from backers including KKR (KKR) and Baidu (BIDU), reports the Wall Street Journal. Uxin will primarily use the fund to expand its business-to-consumer operations to complete with rivals Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM). Reference Link
March 17, 2015
07:53 EDTKKRMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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March 16, 2015
09:30 EDTKKRConsortium wants to securitize $5.3B of debt from GE Capital, Reuters says
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07:25 EDTKKRChinese consortium enters Philips auction, Reuters says
A consortium consisting of Lattice Power, GSR Ventures, and Temasek has placed a last-minute bid in the auction for Philips' (PHG) lighting components business, reports Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. The sources also said the CVC and KKR (KKR) consortium tabled their potentially leading bid. Philips will enter exclusive talks with the winner early next week. Reference Link
March 15, 2015
12:41 EDTKKRGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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March 13, 2015
15:01 EDTDTVFCC stops 180-day clock in Comcast, AT&T deal proceedings
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