1. Akzo Nobel, Axalta Confirm in Talks for Merger

    Akzo Nobel, Axalta Confirm in Talks for Merger

    Akzo Nobel NV and U.S. rival Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. confirmed Monday they are in talks to join forces in a merger of equals that would create a multibillion-dollar coating and paints giant. The deal would involve the Dutch paint company first proceeding with its existing plan to spin off its specialty chemicals business and distribute the bulk of the proceeds to shareholders. Akzo said that plan, which is unaffected by the Axalta talks, remains on track for April 2018...

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