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Racing Point, a consortium led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, paid 90 million pounds ($117 million) to take over Formula One racing team Force India in August, an administrators report shows. The report also revealed the parlous finances of the Vijay Mallya-owned team at the time they were taken into administration last July, Reuters reported. The Silverstone-based team had only 240,000 pounds in its account on July 27 while outstanding gross wages due to be paid at the end of that month totalled 2.2 million pounds.
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Toshiba has entered talks with Canadian asset manager Brookfield over the potential sale of its UK nuclear unit NuGen, which was slated to build the Moorside nuclear plant in Cumbria. The talks, which are at an early stage according to two people directly familiar with the matter, come after Toshiba’s negotiations with Korea’s state-owned Korean Electric Power Corp have dragged on, with an exclusivity period ending in July, the Financial Times reported.
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Two of the most storied names in German department stores are combining in a deal orchestrated by an Austrian real estate billionaire, highlighting the pressures facing traditional retailers amid the rise of Amazon.com Inc. Karstadt, controlled by Rene Benko’s Signa Holding GmbH, agreed to take over Galeria Kaufhof, owned by Saks Fifth Avenue parent Hudson’s Bay Co., creating a retail company with 5.4 billion euros ($6.3 billion) in revenue, Bloomberg News reported. Benko has long wanted to merge the brands, having had an overture rejected as recently as February.
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Aimia Inc. soared Tuesday after a group led by Air Canada agreed to buy its Aeroplan business for C$450 million ($345 million) in cash, ending a takeover battle for one of Canada’s most popular loyalty programs, Bloomberg News reported. Air Canada and its banking partners sweetened their bid for Aeroplan, winning over Aimia’s board and an activist shareholder that was seeking a higher price. Air Canada initially made a C$250 million unsolicited offer, and later boosted that to C$325 million.
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Burry’s Shipyard has filed for protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The Clarenville business filed a notice of intention (NOI) to make a proposal under subsection 50.4(1) of the BIA on July 10, The Telegram reported. Deloitte Restructuring Inc. were appointed as the licensed insolvency trustee. According to a statement on Deloitte's website to the creditors of the shipyard, the effect of the NOI filing is an automatic stay of proceedings against all creditors from commencing any actions against Burry’s.
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Canada’s top securities regulator ordered the founder and four former executives of bankrupt Chinese timber company Sino-Forest to pay 76.3 million Canadian dollars (US $58 million) in penalties and forfeited compensation for their role in what regulators say is one of the largest frauds in Canadian history, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Ontario Securities Commission ordered Allen Chan, the company’s founder and former CEO, to repay C$60.3 million of salary and bonuses earned before the company filed for bankruptcy in 2012.
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Stephen Poloz can’t hold off raising interest rates any longer. Economists are predicting the Bank of Canada governor will resume tightening policy this Wednesday in what would be the first increase in borrowing costs since January, Bloomberg News reported. More hikes are set to follow as businesses warn of wage pressures and inflation remains above the central bank’s target. Poloz, however, is still unlikely to be in a hurry. There remains a long list of reasons for prudence, starting with the real possibility Canada gets into a trade war with its biggest trading partner.
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Barbados' creditors are gearing up for debt restructuring talks as the government advances discussions with the IMF over a potential financing package, LatinFinance reported. Newly-elected Prime Minister Mia Mottley and her administration, along with financial advisors White Oak, are expected to continue meetings with domestic creditors and their advisors over the next few weeks, a source familiar with the proceedings has said.
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Consolidation among smaller offshore oil rig companies would help to boost a recovery in the drilling market, the CEO of offshore rig firm Seadrill said on Tuesday, a day after it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Reuters reported. Seadrill started trading new shares on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday and plans to list new shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange by end of July or beginning of August. Shares of Seadrill, controlled by Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen, opened at $25 a share, but slid to $18 a share by 1508 GMT.
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