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Market Chatter- Corporate finance press digest March 17

  • 17 March, 2015

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March 17 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:

* Buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC APO.N is in advanced talks to acquire most of the assets of Digital First Media, publisher of the Denver Post and San Jose Mercury News, for around $400 million, according to people familiar with the matter. ID:nL2N0WI1BJ

* Trading house Trafigura is set to become the largest exporter of oil from Russian state-owned energy major Rosneft ROSN.MM under a deal it is negotiating with the sanctions-hit company, industry sources told Reuters. ID:nL6N0WI2AH

* Masraf Al Rayan MARK.QA , Qatar's second-largest bank by market value, is eyeing a debut in the debt capital markets this year after inviting bankers to pitch for arranger roles on a potential U.S. dollar-denominated benchmark sukuk issue, sources said on Monday. ID:nL6N0WI0L6

* European private equity fund Permira PERM.UL is selling off its remaining shares in luxury clothing retailer Hugo Boss BOSSn.DE , worth 1 billion euros ($1.06 billion), a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. ID:nL6N0WI45C

* British insurer RSA Insurance Group Plc RSA.L is considering selling its business in Latin America as part of a broad restructuring plan, the Financial Times reported. ID:nL3N0WI5SV

* Apple Inc's AAPL.O much-hinted-at TV service may soon become a reality as the iPhone maker is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. ID:nL3N0WJ1H1

* U.S. arms maker Raytheon Co RTN.N is in talks to buy network-security company Websense Inc, owned by private-equity firm Vista Equity Partners LLC, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. ID:nL3N0WI5KR

* Dataminr Inc, which analyzes tweets and other information streams to create alerts for traders, reporters and government agencies, has raised $130 million from banks and institutions in a new private round, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (

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