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Dawson Geophysical And TGC Industries Announce Filing Of Definitive Proxy Materials And Commencement Of Mailing Definitive Proxy Materials To Their Respective Shareholders

Dawson Geophysical Company (Dawson) (DWSN) and TGC Industries, Inc. (TGC) (TGE) today announced that TGC has filed a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and that Dawson and TGC have commenced mailing of definitive proxy materials in connection with the proposed strategic business combination between Dawson and TGC.

In connection with the proposed merger, Dawson and TGC will each hold special meetings of their respective shareholders on Monday, February 9, 2015.  The special meeting of Dawson shareholders will be held at 3:00 p.m. central time at the offices of Baker Botts L.L.P. at 2001 Ross Avenue, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas and the special meeting of TGC’s shareholders will be held at 2:00 p.m. central time at the offices of Haynes and Boone, LLP at 2323 Victory Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas.  Shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 29, 2014, will be entitled to vote at the special meetings.

Stephen Jumper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dawson, said: “We believe the strategic business combination of these two companies, with over 100 years of existence in the seismic data acquisition industry between them, is in the best interest of the combined shareholders, clients and employees. The combined company puts together two management teams, each with a history of navigating the cyclical nature of the industry, maintaining a strong, conservative balance sheet, and having industry leading technology and talented expertise in various areas of operation.”

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Quindell in talks over possible sale of division

Quindell is exploring the sale of parts of its business, as the UK insurance claim processor attempts to focus on generating cash.

The company has been a target for short sellers that have raised doubts about its business model and have pointed specifically to cash flow as an issue. Quindell said on Friday it had “entered into exclusivity arrangements with a third party in respect of the possible disposal of an operating division of the group”.

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It declined to give details on what part of the company was up for sale, but its main operating divisions include professional services, which contains the main insurance claims business, and digital solutions, which develops products such as telematics for cars that report on vehicle performance.

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KKR sells remaining stake in Alliance Boots

According to Yahoo Finance, KKR today announced the sale of its remaining stake in Alliance Boots to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the new holding company of Walgreen & Co., following the exercise by Walgreens of the call option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots as the second step of the overall transaction. In August 2012, Walgreens acquired 45% of Alliance Boots in the first step of the overall transaction.

Dominic Murphy, Member, Head of KKR operations in the United Kingdom commented: “The investment in Alliance Boots adds to our track record of partnering with European entrepreneurs to build global companies and industry leaders. Since Alliance Boots was taken private in 2007, a strong investment program has led to a transformation of the company, both at the retail and distribution side, and to a strong international expansion across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 2012, we created, together with Walgreens, the world’s largest pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise. Since then, Alliance Boots and Walgreens have made strong progress in executing on all synergies and plans, allowing the announcement today of the full combination.””

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Eastern Property Holdings announces acquisition of 100% of the A-Class office building Hermitage Plaza in Moscow

Eastern Property Holdings (“EPH” or the “Company”) would like to announce that it has acquired ownership of the A-Class office complex Hermitage Plaza located in Tverskoy central district of Moscow, in the center of Moscow`s business life. The cash payment for the acquisition of the property amounts to US$ 195 million, subject to possible post-completion adjustments.

Hermitage Plaza is a multi-storey A-Class business center fronting on Garden Ring, one of Moscow`s most important transport routes, and located in proximity to the Kremlin area and close to Mayakovskaya and Novoslobodskaya metro stations. The business center was fully renovated and opened in 2006. Hermitage Plaza with a total leasable area of above 30,000 sqm is fully rented out to mainly one tenant, Russian Telecommunication Company Vimpelcom.

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Acquisition of Securities of Caza Gold Corp.

Polygon Mining Opportunity Master Fund (the “Fund“), today announced that it has completed the acquisition of 88,160,000 units of Caza Gold Corp. (the “Company“), each unit consisting of one common share of the Company and one common share purchase warrant entitling the holder to purchase one common share at a price of $0.05 per share until December 30, 2019, for an aggregate purchase price of CAD$4,408,000 (the “Investment“) by way of private placement pursuant to a definitive investment agreement (the “Investment Agreement“) entered into on December 18, 2014 between the Fund and the Company. A copy of the Investment Agreement can be found on the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com. The Fund is a Cayman Islands exempted company that operates as a private investment fund which invests primarily in mining companies and other mineral related businesses and opportunities.

Pursuant to the Investment and the acquisition of the common shares and warrants thereto, the Fund acquired 88,160,000 common shares and 88,160,000 warrants. Immediately prior to the completion of the Investment, the Fund beneficially owned or exercised control over 21,342,499 common shares and 20,833,333 warrants entitling the holder to purchase one common share. Accordingly, the Fund beneficially owned or exercised control over approximately 49.0% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company on a non-diluted basis and approximately 65.5% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company on a partially-diluted basis (assuming the exercise of its warrants). The Fund now beneficially owns or exercises control over approximately 78.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company on a non-diluted basis and, upon exercise of all of its warrants, approximately 88.2% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company on a partially-diluted basis.

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Thomson Reuters Introduces New Merger Arbitrage Dataset to Support Event-Driven Hedge Fund Managers

Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the launch of a new mergers and acquisitions (M&A) dataset to support event-driven hedge fund managers. Thomson Reuters M&A data provides the global asset management and alternative investment management industries with comprehensive coverage of M&A activity worldwide.

Thomson Reuters M&A data incorporates over 900,000 M&A events announced since the late 1970s, currently available to clients through a flexible suite of datafeed offerings. This comprehensive M&A transaction coverage is now accompanied by a new event history companion dataset that features time series data through the evolution of the deal. The multidimensional view of the dates, valuations and events, from announcement to completion, empowers advanced quantitative modeling of completion probability, timeframes and risks over time while delivering competitive insight to asset managers and alternative asset managers worldwide.

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Shake Shack IPO filing comes amid a hunger for premium burgers

According to Reuter, Shake Shack Inc’s filing this week for an initial public offering underscores a question for investors and foodies alike: How hungry are U.S. consumers for another burger chain?

A key part of Shake Shack’s growth strategy involves expanding its locations beyond its New York base, and investors and analysts are bullish on its prospects.

Passersby walk in front of the Shake Shack restaurant in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 29, 2014. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

They say there is room for more “fast casual” restaurants that offer higher quality burgers, a variety of toppings and in some cases, beer and wine. Shake Shack’s burgers are described in its preliminary prospectus as all-natural and hormone- and antibiotic-free.

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