Asahi bids $4bn for Peroni, Grolsch

by AAP
Japanese brewer in talks with Anheuser-Busch InBev over European lager brands.

Macquarie bulks up on mortgages in $1bn ING deal

Macquarie Group has agreed to buy the remaining rump of ING Direct’s unbranded mortgages portfolio in a $1 billion deal that marks its fourth acquisition from the Dutch lender.

Break fee as a bone of contention

As the clock ticks on a $9 billion-plus race for ports and rail company Asciano an argument has erupted over whether the board should agree to grant yet another break fee.

Melb port deal caught in 'riddles': Oppn

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Legislation to sell 50-year lease remains stalled, as govt refuses to budge on compensation clauses.

StatePlus on track for $1bn IPO

StatePlus, the renamed financial planning business controlled by NSW’s SAS Trustee Corporation, remains on track for a prospective $1bn IPO within a few months.

Chinese GLAM trumps cattle bid

Chinese investment company Genius Link Asset Management has trumped rival Shanghai Pengxin’s bid for the S. Kidman & Co pastoral empire.

Playing with blocks

For the past two years bankers have reeled in lucrative fees from a string of large block trades but the recent turmoil across global stockmarkets has muted expectations for 2016.

WiseTech’s IPO gathers support

Momentum is building in the $1 billion initial public offering of Australian software provider Wise­Tech Global, with analyst research expected to be published shortly.

Serco seeks detention contracts

Global outsourcing business Serco is tipped to go head to head with Broadspectrum in the contest for the five-year contract to run the country’s offshore processing camps.

Power sale an option: Barnett

WA Premier concedes he may need to consider the potential $15bn privatisation of the state's electricity poles and wires.

Speculation over Glencore’s Cobar copper offers

Glencore could be about to withdraw its Cobar copper mine from the market.

NSW grid value powers up

NSW electricity distribution network Ausgrid is shaping up to ­attract offers that will value the business at almost $18 billion, ­according to sources, as suitors get ready to submit indicative bids ahead of the February 29 deadline.

Macau tarnishes Crown plans

Attention surrounding James Packer’s privatisation plans for Crown are now believed to be centred on Macau.

PEP sells Xtralis for $US480m

by AAP
Pacific Equity Partners sells global commercial security form Xtralis to Honeywell for $US480m.

Mattel, Hasbro talk merging: report

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US toymakers have reportedly discussed a deal, would have combined market cap of $US20bn.

Citi looks good as AGL reviews assets

Investment bank Citi is emerging as a frontrunner to be appointed by AGL Energy.

Right at home

Goldman Sachs and Macquarie hope to bank a profit on the debt they snapped up for retirement homes.

McAleese may go on road again

The fate of McAleese Transport is expected to be known within days.

Global bidders lining up for Collins Square

Lang Walker’s $2.5bn Collins Square project has attracted close to 24 prospective bidders.

Investa imbroglio

The long-running battle for the Morgan Stanley-controlled Investa Office Fund is intensifying.