Market Chatter- Corporate finance press digest


Oct 21 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-relatedstories were reported by media:

* JPMorgan Chase & Co has reached a tentative $13billion deal with the U.S. Justice Department and othergovernment agencies to settle investigations into bad mortgageloans the bank sold to investors before the financial crisis, asource familiar with the talks said on Saturday.

* Paylocity, an online payroll and human resources softwarecompany, has picked banks for an initial public offering thatcould come next year, according to two sources familiar with thematter.

* Office Depot and OfficeMax Inc are set toreceive regulatory approval for their planned merger as theFederal Trade Commission has concluded the deal is not likely tosubstantially lessen competition, the Wall Street Journalreported.

* A co-operative of smallholders plans to buy a 10 percentstake in Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV), the world's third-largest palm plantation operator,according to a report by The Edge Malaysia over the weekend.

* British private equity group Charterhouse Capital Partners is mulling making a 1 billion pound ($1.6 billion)offer for G4S's cash-solutions business, according to Bloomberg.G4S, the world's biggest security firm, declined to comment andCharterhouse was not immediately available to comment on thereport.

* U.S. housing regulators are looking to fine Bank ofAmerica more than $6 billion for its role in misleadingmortgage agencies during the housing boom, compared with the $4billion to be paid by JPMorgan Chase & Co, the Financial Timesreported on its website, citing people familiar with the matter.

* HTC Corp's chief executive has handed someduties to the company's chairwoman as the smartphone makerstruggles to claw back market share from Apple Inc andSamsung Electronics Co Ltd, the Financial Timesreported.

* BlackBerry Ltd, the struggling smartphone makerseeking a buyer, should be wary of any deals that would raisenational-security concerns, Canadian Prime Minister StephenHarper said on Friday, according to Bloomberg.

* Monte dei Paschi di Siena's leading shareholdercould consider selling all its 33.5 percent stake in thetroubled Italian lender, the head of the bank's foundation wasquoted as saying on Sunday.

* Deutsche Bank has started talks with some 50employees as part of its investigation into possiblemanipulation of the Libor benchmark interest rate, a Germannewspaper reported.

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