RPT-Market Chatter-Corporate finance press digest

Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:05am EDT
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March 28 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media on Thursday:

* Bain Capital LLC, Carlyle Group LP and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP are among the private equity firms competing for Carestream Health Inc, a medical imaging systems provider that its owner Onex Corp hopes to sell for as much as $3.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

* Italian oil and gas group Eni SpA is considering opening its business in Iraq to investment by China National Petroleum Corp after offering it a stake in its bumper Mozambique gas field earlier this month, two sources said.

* Cyprus is to become the first euro zone country to apply capital controls - with limits on credit card transactions, daily withdrawals, money transfers abroad and the cashing of cheques - intended to prevent a vast outflow of euros when its banks open on Thursday, the financial times reported. ()

* Spanish banking group La Caixa has hired Morgan Stanley to sell a stake in its property management company, two people familiar with the matter said, capitalising on rising interest from investors in the clean-up of banks' soured real estate assets.   Continued...