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MOVES-F&C appoints two directors to global rates and money markets team

Aug 28 - F&C Investments, a unit of Bank of Montreal (BMO) Global Asset Management, appointed Sujay Shah and Paul Robinson as directors to its global rates and money markets team.

UPDATE 1-Japan restaurant operator Skylark to raise up to $1.1 bln in Tokyo IPO

* Pricings eyed after poor Japan market debuts this year (Adds details of offering, background on Japan IPOs)

MOVES-Eastspring Investments appoints new CEO for Japan business

Aug 28 - Eastspring Investments, the asset management arm of Prudential Corporation Asia, appointed Tsukasa Sekizaki as president and chief executive of Eastspring Investments Japan.

KKR gains control of more than 90 pct of WMF stock

FRANKFURT, Aug 28 - Buyout group KKR said it has obtained more than 90 percent of WMF's share capital, putting it on track to gain full control of the German cutlery and coffee-machine maker and delist it.

BRIEF-CSR rejects Microchip approach; says is considering options

* Notes recent press speculation and confirms that it has received an approach regarding a possible offer for company from Microchip

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China Huarong says Goldman, Warburg, others to buy $2.4 bln stake

HONG KONG, Aug 28 - China Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd, the country's biggest bad-debt manager, said on Thursday regulators have approved a deal for it to sell a 20.98 percent stake to a consortium of eight investors for 14.5 billion yuan ($2.4 billion).

RPT-Market Chatter-Corporate finance press digest

Aug 28 - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:

Spain's Telefonica raises bid for Vivendi's GVT in Brazil

MADRID, Aug 28 - Spain's Telefonica said on Thursday it had launched a new bid for Vivendi's Brazilian unit GVT worth 7.45 billion euros ($9.84 billion) to be paid in cash and shares.

Vivendi receives GVT bids from Telecom Italia, Telefonica

PARIS, Aug 28 - Vivendi said it received bids for its GVT Brazilian broadband unit from Telecom Italia and Telefonica, and that its supervisory board would examine the offers at a meeting on Thursday.

Peabody Energy pulls plug on Tinkler's coal comeback

SYDNEY, Aug 28 - U.S. coal producer Peabody Energy has pulled the $130 million sale of its Australian Wilkie Creek mine to former billionaire Nathan Tinkler, appearing to dash the young entrepreneur's hopes of a coal comeback.

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Is U.S. economic patriotism hurting?

Any Americans believing that their country is being bought up by the Chinese might want to think again, according to the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment.

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