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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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May 17 2018

China approves Toshiba's sale of $18 billion chip unit to Bain consortium

TOKYO Toshiba Corp said on Thursday that China regulators have approved the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a consortium led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital, marking the end to a year-long saga surrounding its most prized asset.

Apr 12 2018

Takeda sounds out banks for loans as it moves towards Shire bid: sources

TOKYO Takeda Pharmaceutical has sounded out its major creditors for loans, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, as it moves closer to a bid for London-listed rare disease specialist Shire that could hit $50 billion.

Apr 06 2018

Activist fund says Toshiba chip unit worth as much as $40 billion

TOKYO A Hong Kong-based activist investment fund said Toshiba Corp's chip unit was worth as much as $40 billion, double the sale price agreed with a Bain-led consortium, as it escalated its opposition to the deal.

Mar 23 2018

As Toshiba's $18 billion chip unit sale faces tight deadline, IPO looms

TOKYO Japan's Toshiba Corp faces a Friday deadline to win Chinese antitrust approval to sell its prized $18 billion memory-chip business by end-March, raising the possibility the deadline may be missed and that it will seek alternatives such as an IPO.

Feb 18 2018

Japan's Mizuho sees pickup in U.S. M&A lending after tax cut

TOKYO Japan's Mizuho Financial Group Inc sees a pickup in overseas lending after a slowdown last year in the United States, where a recently enacted corporate tax cut is widely expected to spur mergers and acquisitions (M&As).

Dec 11 2017

Exclusive: Hong Kong fund tells Toshiba that chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Dec 11 2017

Exclusive: Hong Kong fund tells Toshiba that chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Nov 17 2017

Exclusive: Toshiba set to OK $5 billion injection Monday to stay listed-sources

TOKYO Toshiba Corp will decide on Monday to raise some $5 billion from overseas investors, allowing the troubled conglomerate to remain a publicly traded company even if the sale of a key business is delayed, two people with direct knowledge of the process said.

Nov 09 2017

Toshiba considering $5.3 billion capital injection: source

TOKYO Toshiba Corp, desperate for cash to avoid a possible delisting, is considering raising about 600 billion yen ($5.3 billion) by offering new shares in a third-party allotment, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday.

Nov 09 2017

Japan's MUFG seeks $1.8 billion Bank Danamon stake in southeast Asia push: sources

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is in talks to buy a 40 percent stake in Bank Danamon Indonesia for around 200 billion yen ($1.75 billion), a person with direct knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Thursday.

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