Will the S.E.C.’s treatment of Bank of America, Peter J. Henning asks in the White Collar Watch column, become the norm for other banks seeking waivers from rules on “bad actors”?

Novo Banco, the “good” bank created after the bailout of the Portuguese lender Banco Espírito Santo, will sell its investment banking arm to Haitong Securities of China for about $465.5 million.

The private equity firm’s latest sale of real estate, consisting of buildings in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, represents a major slice of the Equity Office Properties portfolio, which Blackstone acquired for $39 billion in 2007.

The French company plans to acquire the stake in Sika from the Burkard family, which controls its voting rights, despite opposition from Sika’s board and management.

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties of China is attempting to raise as much as $3.8 billion, just days after CGN Power, China’s biggest nuclear electricity producer, successfully sold $3.2 billion in new shares.

After a Dry Spell, a Boom in Big Deals

Monday, 08 December 2014 by

Low interest rates, strong stock prices and healthy capital balances set the scene for a flurry of large acquisitions, most of them traditional and relatively safe bets.