Market Chatter- Corporate finance press digest

July 31 Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:53am EDT

July 31 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:

* AMC Networks Inc, a U.S. media company that owns cable channels, is in talks to buy a stake in BBC America, BBC Worldwide's U.S. channel, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

* European private equity firm Charterhouse is readying the sale of UK skincare company Deb Group this year in a deal worth about 500 million pounds ($845 million) including debt, four sources with knowledge of the talks said on Wednesday.

* Troubled life insurer and annuity provider The Phoenix Companies Inc has hired investment banks Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Sandler O'Neill and Partners to explore a sale, according to people familiar with the matter.

* Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen AG is in advanced talks to acquire U.S.-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp for nearly $12 billion, in a deal that would create an automotive supply powerhouse, people familiar with the matter said.

* Italy's UniCredit SpA will receive three binding offers on Wednesday to buy up to 50 percent of its asset management unit Pioneer, two sources close to the matter told Reuters.

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