Investindustrial confirms Aston Martin stake buy
Italian private equity fund Investindustrial has signed a deal to buy 37.5% of Aston Martin Lagonda from its Kuwaiti owner Investment Dar. Investindustrial is investing 150 million pounds ($241 million) in Aston Martin in the form of a capital increase, said the British car-maker on Friday. Aston Martin, whose cars became famed for their starring role in James Bond films, said the deal would enable it to “invest more than half a billion pounds in new products and a technology programme over the next five years”. The British company said the deal gave the group an enterprise value of 780 million pounds, compared to a value of 630 million pounds prior to the agreement. It added that no agreement had been made on a technical partnership for Aston Martin with Daimler AG's Mercedes, as some analysts had expected. Investindustrial said in a statement its stake would come with proportional voting rights and that it expected to receive clearance from competition bodies in the first quarter of 2013. The Italian group beat Indian tractor maker Mahindra and Mahindra in a two-way battle to invest in the British sportscar maker. Sources told Reuters on Thursday night that Investindustrial was close to sealing a deal.
US court to hear Gupta’s plea on ‘expedited’ basis
India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta’s appeal against his conviction on insider trading charges will be taken up on an “expedited” basis by a US court, which said it will hear arguments in the case as early as April next year. The US Court of ppeals for the Second Circuit here said that briefs by Gupta on his appeal should be filed by January 18 next year while the government’s motion should be submitted in court by March 15. Gupta, 64, would then have time till March 29 to reply to the government's motion after which a two-judge panel of Jose Cabranes and Reena Raggi in the appeals court would hear oral arguments in the case “on or after the week of April 1”.
Facebook in talks to buy Microsoft ad technology
Facebook Inc is in negotiations with Microsoft Corp about acquiring advertising technology that could allow the social network displays ads on other websites, broadly expanding its advertising business, according to media reports on Thursday. Facebook is in “serious” discussions with Microsoft about a deal to purchase Atlas Solutions, an ad-serving product that