UPDATE 1-Market Chatter-Corporate finance press digest - Sept 19

Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:50am EDT
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Sept 19 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:

* Canada, which has seen a fair share of U.S. activist investors cross the border in the last years, may soon have more of them knocking on its door. Calgary-based TransCanada Corp is emerging as a possible target, with several U.S. activist hedge funds reviewing the nearly $38 billion pipeline operator as a break-up candidate, people close to the matter said.

* A handful of large shareholders are calling on nutritional supplement retailer Vitamin Shoppe Inc to consider a sale to private equity or larger rival GNC Holdings Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.

* London-based Mako Global Investors is backing former Marble Bar Asset Management portfolio manager Christian Thum to launch a European equities-focused hedge fund in the fourth quarter, sources familiar with the matter said.