German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he hoped early elections called by Britain's prime minister would bring more "clarity and accountability" in its negotiations to leave the European Union.
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Austrian energy and petrol station group OMV (OMVV.VI) is to buy a 40-percent stake in Smatrics, a company that provides charging points for electric cars, owned by hydropower firm Verbund (VERB.VI) and Germany's Siemens (SIEGn.DE), the Austrian companies said on Thursday.
"Smatrics manages around 400 charging points in Austria, which Verbund supplies with green power. It also handles the construction and management of charging points at petrol stations, for private households and companies such as retailers Ikea and Rewe, hotels and transport companies."
Exiger, a firm that helps businesses monitor compliances such as money laundering regulations, has agreed to buy OutsideIQ, a Canadian startup that specializes in technology that helps businesses assess and manage risk.
"New York-based Exiger, which has used OutsideIQ's cloud-based software since 2014, sells technology and services to help businesses comply with complex global regulations in areas such as money laundering and financial crimes."
Uncertainty is growing over a $9 billion offer for aircraft seats maker Zodiac Aerospace (ZODC.PA) by French aerospace firm Safran (SAF.PA) as the embattled target company puts finishing touches to delayed first-half earnings now due on Friday.
"Shares in Zodiac fell sharply on Thursday after French radio station BFM Business reported that Zodiac could change its mind about accepting a merger offer from Safran (SAF.PA), following previous falls in its share price."
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Canadian alternative lender Home Capital Group Inc (HCG.TO) said on Thursday that it has hired bankers to help it secure additional funding and size up its strategic options, as it reported a further sharp decline in its assets.
"The company said that it had liquid assets of C$1.3 billion ($955 million) as of April 25, compared with C$1.5 billion the day before, as investors pulled out of both high-interest savings accounts and the less-liquid guaranteed investment certificates."
Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) said it was not interested in buying Italian rival Alitalia, whose future is unclear after workers this week ruled out a rescue plan.
"Italian media has repeatedly speculated that Lufthansa could take over Alitalia."
Didi Chuxing, China's top ride-hailing firm, is set to become the country's second-most valuable privately owned company, with a valuation of more than $50 billion, through a fund raising round of up to $6 billion, sources said on Thursday.
"The valuation represents a jump from Didi's $34 billion price tag in August, when it agreed to acquire Uber Technology Inc's China business, and also puts it closer to the U.S. firm's $68 billion."
Two weeks after Elliott Management's surprise assault on BHP Billiton, the fund manager's three-point demand for change is gaining little traction with investors, prompting expectations a second strike is imminent.
"While Elliott is struggling to push through a $46 billion overhaul of the Anglo-Australian miner, investors said it could point to BHP's plans for further sales of marginal assets and increasing shareholder returns as, potentially, some incremental victories."
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President Donald Trump's tax plan, due to be unveiled on Wednesday and proposing to sharply cut rates for businesses and on overseas corporate profits returned to the United States, was likely to be treated by Congress as just an opening gambit.
"The Trump administration touted the blueprint, which also calls for raising standard deductions for individuals, as a landmark tax cut just days before the president marks his 100th day in office on Saturday."
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is preparing a proposal for a pilot plan to test how lowering stock exchange fees would affect market quality and the behavior of market participants, a senior official at the regulator said on Wednesday.
"Acting SEC Chairman Michael Piwowar has asked the staff of the regulator to come up with a proposal, said David Shillman associate director of the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets."
JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) is not liable to a group of former customers of Bernard Madoff who blamed the bank for being actively involved in his Ponzi scheme and ignoring red flags of fraud, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
"JPMorgan had been sued by roughly 2,500 so-called "net winners" who withdrew more money from their accounts at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC than they invested."
Airbus was plunged deeper into legal wrangling over past business dealings on Wednesday when Vienna prosecutors announced a fraud investigation into its chief executive in connection with a $2 billion fighter order over a decade ago.
"Airbus called the accusations against CEO Tom Enders "completely unsubstantiated" after Reuters exclusively revealed the investigation, which came to light in correspondence seen by the news agency and confirmed by Vienna prosecutors."
Luxury electric carmaker Tesla has offered more sweeteners to try to quell unrest at a key German supplier, whose founder and chief executive has not been seen at work for weeks, German labor officials said on Wednesday.
"Grohmann Engineering, a maker of automated manufacturing systems which Tesla agreed to buy in November, is key to the Silicon Valley carmaker's bid to succeed in the mass market by massively ramping up its output."