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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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Dec 15 2017

Japan approves merger in struggling regional bank sector after lengthy review

TOKYO Japan's antitrust regulator has approved a merger of Daishi Bank Ltd and Hokuetsu Bank Ltd , in a decision that pit considerations of competition against regional lenders' struggle to survive.

Dec 13 2017

Blackstone hires Bain dealmaker in Japan corporate buyout push: sources

TOKYO/HONG KONG Blackstone Group has hired seasoned dealmaker Atsuhiko Sakamoto from Bain Capital to build a corporate buyout team in Japan in a bid to broaden its focus beyond property deals in the country, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Dec 08 2017

KKR's tender offer for Hitachi Kokusai succeeds by slight margin

TOKYO U.S. buyout fund KKR & Co LP managed a successful tender offer for Japanese semiconductor equipment maker Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc by a razor-thin margin, winning 24.9 percent of the company, statements from the companies showed on Saturday.

Dec 06 2017

Bain wins WPP support for $1.4 billion Asatsu-DK buy

TOKYO U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital has won enough shareholder support to complete its tender offer of Asatsu-DK Inc (ADK) , allowing the Japanese advertising agency to end a bitter two-decade partnership with top shareholder WPP .

Nov 24 2017

KKR sweetens Hitachi Kokusai bid a second time but under market price

TOKYO KKR & Co LP has boosted its bid price for Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc for a second time, seeking to appease U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management which has bought into the Japanese semiconductor equipment manufacturer.

Nov 21 2017

WPP accepts Bain's offer for Japan's ADK, drops legal threat

TOKYO/LONDON Britain's WPP agreed on Tuesday to accept Bain Capital's offer for its stake in Japan's Asatsu-DK Inc (ADK) , dropping its threat of litigation after agreeing plans to reinvest in the advertising group at a later date.

Nov 05 2017

Japan’s smaller banks, desperate for new revenue, turn to dealmaking

TOKYO The grim outlook for Japan's smaller regional banks, who are suffering as Japan’s rural population shrinks rapidly, is prompting some to dive into a new, potentially lucrative line of business that until now was largely taboo: mergers and acquisitions.

Nov 02 2017

WPP takes legal action in row with Asatsu-DK over Bain's $1.3 billion offer

TOKYO Advertising giant WPP said on Thursday it was taking legal action against partner Asatsu-DK Inc , deepening a row over the Japanese firm's backing for a $1.3 billion buyout offer from Bain Capital.

Oct 26 2017

Deutsche Bank to relaunch property lending in Japan

TOKYO Deutsche Bank AG is relaunching its real estate lending business in Japan, after scaling it down post the 2008 financial crisis, as it looks to tap into the nation's tourism boom that could grow even bigger if casinos are built.

Oct 26 2017

Deutsche Bank to relaunch property lending in Japan

TOKYO, Oct 26 Deutsche Bank AG is relaunching its real estate lending business in Japan, after scaling it down post the 2008 financial crisis, as it looks to tap into the nation's tourism boom that could grow even bigger if casinos are built. The bank, which also underwrites, sells and trades stocks and bonds in Japan, was one of the most active arrangers for commercial mortgage-backed securities in Japan at the top of the property bubble before the global market crash nine years ago.

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