UPDATE 1-Market Chatter-Corporate finance press digest

Wed Mar 6, 2013 1:00am EST
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March 6 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media on Wednesday:

* Private equity firms including Blackstone Group LP and Carlyle Group are exploring a joint offer for Life Technologies Corp, a biomedical laboratory equipment maker with a $10 billion market value, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

* Britain has lost its campaign to stop a strict European Union cap on bankers' bonuses after its 11th-hour fightback secured no more than minor potential tweaks to a pay clampdown dreaded by the City of London, the Financial Times reported.

* The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined securities regulators to tackle the potential threat of market manipulation posed by sophisticated computer trading strategies that have taken markets beyond the scope of traditional policing, the Financial Times reported.