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U.S. shoemaker Rockport explores options including sale -sources

NEW YORK, Dec 13 The Rockport Group is exploring its options, including a possible sale, after one of the U.S. footwear maker's major debtholders took ownership of the company, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

CORRECTED-MOVES-UBS hires Bank of America's Cormier to head up TMT equity capital markets -memo

NEW YORK, Dec 13 Swiss bank UBS has hired Chris Cormier to head up its technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) equity capital markets business in the Americas, according to a memo seen by Reuters.

BRIEF-Point72 Asset Management LP reports 5.6 pct passive stake in First Bancorp - SEC Filing

* POINT72 ASSET MANAGEMENT LP REPORTS 5.6 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN FIRST BANCORP AS OF DECEMBER 12 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2Amj8PW) Further company coverage:

LPC: Banks provide US$650m of loans for SMG buyout

NEW YORK, Dec 13 US venue management firm SMG's leveraged buyout by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp will be backed by a US$650m loan package, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

UPDATE 2-Activist investor Primestone urges Tennant to merge with Nilfisk

COPENHAGEN/LONDON, Dec 13 Activist hedge fund Primestone Capital on Wednesday urged U.S. cleaning equipment company Tennant and Danish peer Nilfisk to consider merging after building up minority stakes in both firms.

CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 3-Brazil Burger King operator may price IPO near top of range -sources

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 The operator of the Burger King fast-food chain in Brazil, BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes SA, is expected to price its initial public offering near the top of the suggested price range, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 3-Finnish power grid company Elenia sold to Allianz, Macquarie

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 13 Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners, London-listed 3i Infrastructure and Finnish pensions insurance company Ilmarinen are selling Finnish power grid company Elenia Oy to Allianz Capital Partners , Australian infrastructure investor Macquarie and the State Pension Fund of Finland.

Seadrill confirms receiving rival bids for its debt restructuring

OSLO, Dec 13 Drilling rig firm Seadrill confirmed on Wednesday it had received two rival bids for its debt restructuring from unsecured bondholders.

Marcato likely to pull off win in proxy war with Deckers

Dec 13 Deckers Outdoor Corp shareholders looked set to hand three board seats to Marcato Capital Management at the UGG boots maker's annual meeting on Thursday, capping a months-long bitter proxy contest.

UPDATE 1-Sweden's Pandox to buy Jurys Inn hotels in Lone Star deal

Dec 13 Swedish hotelier Pandox has agreed to buy Britain's Jurys Inn hotel chain as part of an 800 million pound ($1.1 billion) deal with private equity investor Lone Star.

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