Midweek M&A Madness

Here are some potential target ideas, rumored or official, to jumpstart your deal pipeline.

Our sources are various news reports and the Buyouts “Seeking Buyers” list.

For prior lists, see below, and send any additions my way.

Saxon Oil Company, based in Dallas, has engaged SMH Capital to advise is on evaluating strategic alternatives. (Read More)

Essentially Group Ltd, a sports market group based in London, said it was in preliminary talks with a third part over a possible sale of the company.

Dow Jones is in the early stages of selling its stock market index business. Goldman Sachs is running the process.

Morgan Stanley is considering selling its Van Kampen Investments unit. The company has been approached about a deal. (Read more)

Uno Restaurant Holding is looking at a debt restructuring deal, according to The Deal Pipeline. The company is owned by Centre Partners. (Read more)

Canadian Royalties, a Toronto mining coming, has rejected a hostile offer from from a company jointly owned by China’s Jilin Jien Nickel and Canadian junior Goldbrook Ventures and will review strategic alternatives with third parties.

Encorium Group, Inc., based in Wayne, Penn., continues to negotiate with potential buyers for the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Encorium Oy, to a U.S. based clinical research organization.

Bayou Bend Petroleum, based in TK, continues to explore strategic alternatives.

Cortex Pharmaceuticals, based in Irving Calif., is actively engaged in on-going discussions related to strategic alternatives, including licensing, partnering and M&A opportunities. At some time in the future, Cortex may also seek to raise additional capital through the sale of debt or equity, the firm said.

Chariot Resources Limited, a Toronto-based company in the middle of a proxy battle, is also in the middle of an advanced strategic review process and would prefer to launch a formal sales process “when the confidence of the potential acquirers in economy recovery, and their access to financing, improve. (Read more)

Pegasus Hotels, based in Jamaica, is selling a controlling interest in itself.

Prada, the Italian fashion house, has denied reports that the company is in talks to sell a stake in itself.

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