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* Hardinge engages Jefferies & Co as financial adviser
* Shares rise as much as 15 pct after market
Hardinge, which makes precision metal-cutting tools, said it has engaged Jefferies & Co as its financial adviser, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as its legal adviser, to assist in evaluating and responding to Romi's proposal.
On Thursday, Romi said it submitted an $8-a-share all-cash offer to Hardinge after the latter refused to engage in talks for about two months. [ID:SGE6130JO]
Shares of Hardinge rose as much as 15 percent to $9.31 after the bell. They closed at $8.07 Friday on Nasdaq. (Reporting by A.Ananthalakshmi in Bangalore; Editing by Anne Pallivathuckal)