— ICAP, the biggest broker of transactions between banks, handled more than $12.8 billion of interest rate swaps during the first week of its new electronic market. The exchange, launched on Sept. 6, is seeking to capitalize on demands from regulators for more transparency in the $615 trillion market for over-the-counter derivatives.
— Deutsche Bank (DS) plans to raise at least $12.5 billion in its biggest-ever share sale. It will use proceeds to fund its takeover of Deutsche Postbank and meet stricter capital requirements.
— Liberty Mutual Agency, a writer of property and casualty insurance, hopes to raise as much as $1.4 billion in what would be the biggest U.S. initial public offering so far in 2010.
— Genzyme (GENZ)agreed to sell its diagnostic testing unit to Laboratory Corp. of America (LH)for $925 million. Genzyme is divesting some of its units to boost its stock price, a move that may force Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) to raise its outstanding takeover bid for the biotech company.
— Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is acquiring Van Houtte, Canada's largest coffee roaster, for $891 million.
— The palatial Monaco penthouse of the late billionaire banker Edmond Safra has been sold for $312 million. The 17,500-square-foot duplex—which has 30 rooms, including a panic room—underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation following the 1999 fire that killed Safra.
— New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got a four-year contract extension worth $72 million.
— A recently discovered share certificate for the Dutch East India Company dating from 1606 may be worth up to $764,000, according to appraisers, who say it may be the world's oldest.
— A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe sold for $534,373, an auction record for the model. Vintage sports cars are fetching record prices as jittery investors turn to hard assets.