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            Friday, January 14, 2011, Vol. 12, No. 10

                            Headlines




B U L G A R I A

* BULGARIA: New Wave of Hotel Bankruptcies Seen in Black Sea Cost


C Z E C H   R E P U B L I C

SAZKA AS: Czech Sports Minister Wants Chief Dismissed


D E N M A R K

ADSERVINGINTERNATIONAL A/S: Files for Bankruptcy Protection


F R A N C E

GROUPE LABCO: S&P Assigns 'B+' Rating on Proposed EUR500MM Notes
LABCO SAS: Moody's Puts '(P)B3' Rating on Proposed EUR500MM Notes
LABCO SAS: Fitch Rates Planned Sr. Secured Notes at 'BB-(exp)'
* MOLDOVA: Corporate Liquidations Down in 2010


G E R M A N Y

HARLES AND JENTZSCH: Collapses Amid Probe on Dioxin Scare


I R E L A N D

ANGLO IRISH: Intimidation Claims Have No Basis, High Court Opines
LYRATH ESTATE: 2009 Losses Prompt Going Concern Doubt
QUINN INSURANCE: Owner May Challenge Group's Administration Order
* IRELAND: Over 1,500 Companies 'Failed' in 2010


N E T H E R L A N D S

NIELSEN COMPANY: Moody's Puts 'B2' Corporate Family Under Review


R U S S I A

RUSSNEFT OAO: Creditors Agree to Cut Rate US$6.2 Billion Debt


S P A I N

GRIFOLS INC: S&P Assigns Prelim. B Rating to US$1BB Unsecured Bond
* SPAIN: Prime Minister Vows to Accelerate Clean-Up of Cajas


U N I T E D   K I N G D O M

EROS LABORATORIES: Goes Into Liquidation; 90 Jobs At Risk
GARTMORE INVESTMENT: Enters into Merger Deal with Henderson Global
KELSO CLO: S&P Withdraws 'B' Ratings on Two Classes of Notes
MALBERN WINDOWS & DOORS: Brought Out of Administration
R&L PROPERTIES: 207 Pubs Go Into Administration

ROYAL BANK: US Court Dismisses Shareholder Class Action
SKYKON CAMPBELTOWN: Enters Deal to Keep Turbine Factory Open
THE MALT: Goes Into Administration
WTA GLOBAL: Brought Out of Administration, 85 Jobs Saved
* UK: Corporate Insolvencies Drop 19% in Q4 of 2010, PwC Says


X X X X X X X X


* BOOK REVIEW: Megamergers - Corporate America's Billion-Dollar

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* BULGARIA: New Wave of Hotel Bankruptcies Seen in Black Sea Cost
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Elena Dimitrova at Standart reports that a new wave of hotel
bankruptcies is about to sweep the Bulgarian southern Black Sea
coast before the start of the new summer season.

According to Standart, the bankruptcies are mostly due to bad
mortgages and unpaid debts to contractors.

Standart notes that real estate agents said there was not a single
sold hotel along southern Black Sea coast in 2010.  Standart says
most of the hotel tenders fail at the end as there are few
investors who may pay cash immediately.


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C Z E C H   R E P U B L I C
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SAZKA AS: Czech Sports Minister Wants Chief Dismissed
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Ladka Bauerova at Bloomberg News, citing Hospodarske Noviny,
reports that Czech Sports and Education Minister Josef Dobes
called for the dismissal of Sazka AS Chief Ales Husak.

Bloomberg relates that Mr. Dobes, as cited by the newspaper, said
the management of the Czech Sports Association, Sazka's majority
shareholder, should also step down.

According to Bloomberg, the newspaper noted that saddled with a
crippling debt, Sazka may face bankruptcy proceedings.

                        Insolvency Threat

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on Jan. 6,
2011, Bloomberg News said Czech financier Radovan Vitek threatened
to file an insolvency case against Sazka if the company doesn't
pay the CZK830 million (US$44 million) it owes him by Jan. 17.
The newspaper said Mr. Vitek is also asking the current Sazka
management to step down, according to Bloomberg.

                   Debt Restructuring Proposal

On Dec. 27, 2010, The Troubled Company Reporter-Europe reported
that Penta Investments Ltd, a Czech and Slovak private equity
company, approached Sazkas shareholders with a proposal to buy
out the lottery maker and restructure its debt.  Penta said in a
press release handed out at a press conference in Prague on
Dec. 22 that the new investor will have to provide about CZK2
billion (US$103 billion) to CZK3 billion of financial means to
Sazka in 2011 to cover its needs and further guarantees to
creditors, according to Bloomberg.  Penta, as cited by Bloomberg,
said its plan to restructure the company would also include asset
sales, possibly including the O2 Arena in Prague, the largest
sport facility in the country.

Sazka AS is a provider of lotteries and sport betting games in the
Czech Republic.


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ADSERVINGINTERNATIONAL A/S: Files for Bankruptcy Protection
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Christian Wienberg at Bloomberg News reports that
adServingInternational A/S said it has sought bankruptcy
protection from its creditors after it failed to obtain
refinancing of its bank debt.

adServing International A/S is a Denmark-based company engaged in
the provision of electronic advertising services.  The Company
supplies state-of-the-art hosted tools for effective tracking,
distribution and management of electronic inventory through an
Internet Protocol (IP) carrier.  Its offering comprises Traffic
management, Outsourcing of sales activities, ROI optimization
through business consulting, Graphic services, Support, Backup and
Education.  The Company's flag product is Proadmin, a software
solution for advertisers, publishers and webmasters.  As of
June 30, 2010, the Company offered its services through local
agents in 44 counties, primarily in Denmark, Sweden, Holland and
the United Kingdom.  During the fiscal year 2009/2010 adServing
International A/S divested three subsidiaries, including adServing
Danmark A/S, adServing Sverige AB and adServing UK Ltd.


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GROUPE LABCO: S&P Assigns 'B+' Rating on Proposed EUR500MM Notes
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Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned its 'B+' long-term
corporate credit rating to France-based European clinical
laboratory operator Groupe Labco S.A.S. (Labco).  The outlook is
stable.

At the same time, S&P assigned its 'B+' issue rating to Labco's
proposed EUR500 million senior secured notes maturing in 2018.
S&P assigned a recovery rating of '4' to this debt to reflect its
expectation of average recovery (30%-50%) in the event of a
payment default.  The issue and recovery ratings are subject
to S&P's review of the final bond documentation.

"The ratings reflect our assessment of Labco's financial risk
profile as highly leveraged after a series of partly debt-funded,
predominantly small-sized, acquisitions since the Company was
founded in 2003," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Olaf
Toelke.  "They also reflect our view of Labco's fair business risk
profile, supported by an expanding underlying market and the
Company's increasing presence as one of the industry's
consolidators."

After the refinancing, Labco's debt is expected to mainly consist
of the EUR500 million proposed notes.

Labco's highly-leveraged financial risk profile is reflective of
management's aggressive acquisition policy, in S&P's view.  Owing
to about 70 mainly bolt-on acquisitions since 2003, Labco's fully-
adjusted leverage is expected to have been about 5.5x at year-end
2010, as expressed by the ratio of pension- and lease-adjusted
debt to EBITDA.  Furthermore, S&P expects this ratio to only
gradually decline over subsequent years, reflecting management's
continued preference for external growth.

Labco is among the leading operators of laboratories, offering
clinical diagnostic services on a pan-European basis.  The Company
is represented in seven countries and has built market leading
positions in Portugal and Spain, and it is number two in France.
Labco is currently entering the U.K. in a joint venture with
Sodexo.  Its market shares are, however, still relatively
modest at about 12%-13% in the Iberian countries and about 5% in
France, reflecting the largely fragmented supply structure.

The ratings are supported by S&P's assessment of Labco's fair
business risk profile, which is mainly supported by good
underlying market conditions, the Company's strong and improving
market position, and its relatively high profitability.

The group's EBITDA margin, at about 20% for the first nine months
of 2010, shows the business model's ability to yield competitive
results.  This margin compares well with that of much larger U.S.-
based peers Quest Diagnostics Inc. (BBB+/Stable/--) and Laboratory
Corp. of America Holdings (BBB+/Stable/--).

"The outlook is stable because of what we regard as Labco's sound
positioning in an expanding underlying market," said Mr. Toelke.
"It also reflects our belief that leverage is unlikely to improve
significantly over the next two years."

S&P considers coverage of gross cash interest charges by EBITDA of
2.5x and a leverage ratio of about 5.5x to be commensurate with
the present ratings.


LABCO SAS: Moody's Puts '(P)B3' Rating on Proposed EUR500MM Notes
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Moody's Investors Service assigned a provisional (P)B2 Corporate
Family Rating and a provisional (P)B2 Probability of Default
Rating to Labco S.A.S.  Moody's has also assigned a provisional
(P)B3 rating to the company's proposed EUR500 million senior
secured notes.  The outlook is stable.  This is the first time
that Moody's has rated Labco.

Moody's issues provisional ratings in advance of the final sale of
securities and these reflect Moody's credit opinion regarding the
transaction only.  Upon closing of the refinancing and a
conclusive review of the final documentation, Moody's will
endeavor to assign definitive ratings to Labco.  A definitive
rating may differ from a provisional rating.  The ratings assigned
to Labco assume a successful refinancing of the company's current
financing package.

Although the company's high leverage constrains the (P)B2 CFR
assigned to Labco, the CFR reflects (i) its position as one of
Europe's largest players in the highly fragmented European
clinical laboratory services market and more particularly its
leading positions in France and Iberia; (ii) the company's good
profitability and business model which allows for the benefits of
scale and derivation of synergies; (iii) relatively favorable
growth prospects in terms of volume; and (iv) resilience to
economic downturns.

The positives are, in addition to high leverage, balanced by (i)
an overall limited size; (ii) regulatory risks, in particular
relating to potential tariff-cuts as governments seek to contain
healthcare expenditures; and (iii) a complex organizational
structure in France.

The stable outlook reflects (i) a business-profile which, despite
the risk of price cuts, demonstrates relatively good visibility;
and (ii) Moody's expectation of continued positive free cash flow
generation.

Through its solid positioning as one of Europe's largest private
clinical laboratory operators, Labco has established a regional
business model that allows it to reap benefits of scale by acting
as a consolidator and exploit synergy-potential particularly
present in fragmented markets such as France and Italy.  The
company's strong positioning in France has allowed for the
development of regional platforms that have enhanced profit
margins and contributed to an overall good profitability-profile.
Labco's markets are expected to benefit from favorable trends in
demographics and the diagnostics sector, both of which should
continue underpinning volume growth going forward as an aging
population may require more tests and patients are treated at an
earlier stage.

In most countries where Labco is present, the industry is subject
to regulatory constraints, in terms of issues directly affecting
tariffs, but also through the legal framework in which companies
have to operate.  In particular, the regulatory environment in
France has led to Labco establishing a complex structure to deal
with the imposed constraints so that it can maintain economic
control over its subsidiaries allowing it to consolidate the
French operations and upstream cash flows despite not being in
control of the majority of voting rights.  In this context,
Moody's notes that the company's ability to pool or dividend-up
cash flow generated by its French laboratories could be impacted
in case of regulatory challenges or changes in the regulatory
framework requiring modifications of the company's French
structure.  Moody's recognizes, however, that the industry may be
moving more towards liberalization, which at some point could
alleviate the regulatory constraints related to ownership.
Moody's notes that Labco did not fully consolidate its French
franchise until mid 2008 and that the statutory accounts of the
company therefore offer only a limited track-record of the
company's historical performance.

While Moody's views the visibility of patient-flow as being
relatively high in Europe, the expected continued pressure on
healthcare reforms throughout the continent represents a downside
risk as tariffs may come under further pressure, although Moody's
notes that clinical laboratory services only represent a small
share of overall healthcare-costs.  The agency also views the
company's significant exposure to the French market -- which
benefits from overall higher tariffs -- as a risk factor, because
changes to the regulatory environment could significantly impact
the company's performance.  Moody's considers the expected pricing
pressure to be mitigated by continued volume-growth.

An important element to Labco's business model has been to
undertake bolt-on acquisitions that enable it to derive important
synergies, because it can then implement regional technical
platforms that provide clinical diagnostics for several
laboratories at the same time.  While acknowledging that Labco has
successfully implemented this model in the past, Moody's
nevertheless considers that Labco's acquisitive nature represents
a potential risk-factor, if the company faces unexpected obstacles
in the process of integration.

Moody's would expect Labco's leverage to remain high over the
intermediate term as the company is expected to continue to invest
both its free cash flow and proceeds from its EUR125 million
revolving credit facility into small accretive acquisitions in
order to drive company growth.  An eventual improvement in credit
metrics will therefore most likely depend on the company's ability
to derive expected synergies, allowing cash flows to increase.
The company's Debt/EBITDA, as per Moody's definition, is expected
to slightly decline to around 5.5x over the next two years, from
around 6.0x.

Labco's liquidity profile is expected to remain adequate after the
refinancing as it will continue generating free cash flow and has
no upcoming debt maturities.  Moreover, Labco's solid cash balance
of approximately EUR90 million as at 30 September 2010 and its
undrawn revolver should provide a further cushion, if necessary.
Moody's nevertheless notes that Labco's headroom under its
financial covenants is restrictive.  While deviations in operating
performance may lead to a further tightening of covenant headroom,
Moody's takes comfort from the company's flexibility to adjust its
acquisition activity, and thus limit increases in net debt levels,
if needed.

The (P)B3 rating (LGD 4, 58%) assigned to the EUR500 million
senior secured notes is one notch below the (P)B2 CFR.  The rating
of the notes reflects its ranking behind the sizeable EUR125
million super senior revolving credit facility, which is signed
and guaranteed by Labco S.A.S.  While both instruments benefit
from the same guarantee and security package, the latter
consisting of pledges over shares of certain group entities and
certain intercompany loans, the revolving credit facility will
benefit from an intercreditor agreement with enforcement action
relating to the guarantees or security which result in the RCF
being ahead of the notes in the defined Moody's waterfall.  As
seen in other transactions, Moody's notes that -- depending on the
insolvency regime -- certain limitations exist regarding the
enforceability of the guarantees and the security interest, e.g.
in France, where guarantees by French guarantors are limited to an
amount equal to the proceeds from the offering of the notes that
the issuer has applied for the direct or indirect benefit of
French guarantors.  Further limitations include for example
restrictions on the ownership of French laboratory companies,
which might limit the full enforceability of the corresponding
share pledges.

Rating assignments:

Labco S.A.S.:

-- Corporate Family Rating: (P) B2
-- Probability of Default Rating: (P) B2
-- Senior Secured Regular Bond/Debenture: (P) B3 (LGD 4 - 58%)

An upgrade of the corporate family rating to B1 could be
considered if the company's leverage ratios improve, as
exemplified by a ratio of Debt/EBITDA improving to around 5x.
Negative rating pressure could arise if (i) the leverage remains
above 6.0x for an extended period of time, (ii) the company's
liquidity profile or leeway under financial covenants weakens or
(iii) if profitability weakens, e.g. as a result of changes in
regulation or tariff cuts.

The principal methodologies used in rating Labco were "Global
Business and Consumer Service Industry" published in October 2010
and "Loss Given Default for Speculative-Grade Non-Financial
Companies in the U.S., Canada and EMEA" published in June 2009.
Other methodologies and factors that may have been considered in
the process of rating this issuer can also be found on Moody's
website.

Labco is a pan-European clinical laboratory services provider.
The company operates more than 230 laboratories across six
different European countries and mainly performs routine-tests.
The company generated revenue of EUR424 million in 2009.


LABCO SAS: Fitch Rates Planned Sr. Secured Notes at 'BB-(exp)'
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Fitch Ratings assigned France-based clinical laboratory services
company Labco SAS a Long-term Issuer Default rating of 'B+'.  The
Outlook on the Long-term IDR is Stable.

Fitch has also assigned Labco's planned senior secured notes an
expected rating of 'BB-(exp)' and an expected Recovery Rating of
'RR3(exp)'.  It further assigned Labco's planned super senior
revolving credit facility an expected rating of 'BB(exp)' and an
expected Recovery Rating of 'RR2(exp)'.

The final ratings on the notes and facility are contingent upon
receipt of final documents conforming to information already
received by Fitch.  Potential failure to reduce existing bank debt
below levels expected by Fitch could lead to debt amounts of prior
ranking or maturing debt remaining in place, which could adversely
affect the rating on the planned instruments.  In addition, the
instrument rating would be affected by any adverse IDR movement
arising from a materially higher-than-expected interest rate on
the planned notes.

The ratings reflect Labco's leading position in European clinical
laboratory servicing, a market that is stable, non-cyclical and
underpinned by favorable underlying demographic and socio-economic
conditions.  Labco's geographical diversification also makes it
less reliant on a single country's health care system.  Labco
benefits from high EBITDA group margins.  The ratings also reflect
the industry's moderate barriers to entry, Labco's weak free cash
flow given its high interest burden, its low organic growth as a
result of reimbursement pressures from payers and a potential
increase in competition for acquisition targets leading to higher
purchase prices.

Labco plans to continue debt-funded acquisitions as the fragmented
laboratory testing industry consolidates.  Its experience to date
in executing multiple acquisitions and improving margins on new
acquisitions help underpin the ratings.  This should also help
counteract the estimated dilutive margin impact of organic UK
expansion and acquisitions in lower-margin geographies.

Labco's business model is capable of delivering strong cash flow
generation given low capital expenditure and working capital
requirements, combined with high EBITDA margins.  However, free
cash flow is weak due to the level of interest expense.  Fitch
expects interest/EBITDA cover to be at the outer limits of the
'B+' rating level.  The ratings are further constrained by slow
deleveraging on the opening net debt/EBITDA (adjusted for
acquisitions) approaching 5x.

The expected 'RR3(exp)' rating on the planned senior secured notes
reflects higher-than- average recovery expectations (51%-70%) in
the event of a default.  Debt at Labco benefits from guarantees
from the majority of cash-generating companies (expected to
represent more than 70% of EBITDA).  Labco is expected to retain
only a small amount of existing debt in its subsidiary companies,
although any material increase from this level could lead to lower
recovery estimates on the senior secured notes.


* MOLDOVA: Corporate Liquidations Down in 2010
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INFOTAG reports that State Registration Chamber representative
Sergiu Oleinic stated that about 3,200 Moldovan companies went
into liquidation in 2010, which is about 100 entities less than in
2009.

Specialists noted, according to INFOTAG, "the decision of owners
to close down their businesses proves that they face financial
difficulties."


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HARLES AND JENTZSCH: Collapses Amid Probe on Dioxin Scare
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Deutsche Welle reports that Harles and Jentzsch GmbH, the company
accused of supplying dioxin-laced fat to the animal-feed industry
in Germany, filed in court for insolvency on Wednesday.

According to Deutsche Welle, the company is under investigation by
prosecutors and could also potentially face vast civil claims from
5,000 German farms that were closed down during the dioxin scare.

Harles and Jentzsch has been accused of supplying around 3,000
tons of cheap fat intended for industrial use as an ingredient for
feed intended for chickens and pigs, Deutsche Welle relates.

Deutsche Welle says some 400 farms are still closed.

Harles and Jentzsch GmbH is an animal feed producer based in
Uetersen, north-west of Hamburg.


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ANGLO IRISH: Intimidation Claims Have No Basis, High Court Opines
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The Irish Times reports that the High Court's Mr. Justice Peter
Kelly has found no basis for claims that a senior Anglo Irish Bank
official intimidated a financial expert to prevent him from giving
evidence for a businessman in an action over alleged fraudulent
misrepresentation by the bank and another company relating to an
investment fund for two hotels in New York.

The bank and Michael O'Sullivan, lending director of Anglo Irish
Bank Ireland, strongly rejected the claims, The Irish Times
recounts.

Mary Carolan at The Irish Times relates that the Commercial Court
was told last month of claims of intimidation by Mr. O'Sullivan of
expert Tom Barry, a former head of corporate banking with Allied
Irish Banks, who initially agreed to provide a witness statement
for businessman Gerard McCaughey over the New York investment fund
but who withdrew his intention in late November 2010.

Thomas Norris, solicitor for Mr. McCaughey, said Mr. Barry had
told the solicitor that Anglo had obtained a substantial judgment
against him (Mr. Barry) over property dealings in London, The
Irish Times relates.  Having made inquiries informally with
"people" in Anglo, Mr. Barry had said he was told submitting a
witness statement and attending court would have "dire
consequences" for him, Mr. Norris said, as cited by The Irish
Times.

In a December 20 affidavit, Mr. Norris said he was informed by
another man that Mr. Barry had named Mr. O'Sullivan as the Anglo
official with whom he had the relevant conversation, The Irish
Times discloses.

Mr. Justice Kelly said that based on the evidence, the claims had
no basis, The Irish Times notes.  In effect, Mr. O'Sullivan has
been vindicated.

                      About Anglo Irish Bank

Anglo Irish Bank Corp PLC -- http://www.angloirishbank.com/--
operates in three core areas: business lending, treasury and
private banking.  The Bank's non-retail business is made up of
more than 11,000 commercial depositors spanning commercial
entities, charities, public sector bodies, pension funds, credit
unions and other non-bank financial institutions.  The Company's
retail deposits comprise demand, notice and fixed term deposit
accounts from personal savers with maturities of up to two years.
Non-retail deposits are sourced from commercial entities,
charities, public sector bodies, pension funds, credit unions and
other non-bank financial institutions.  In addition, at Sept. 30,
2008, its non-retail deposits included deposits from Irish
Life Assurance plc.  The Private Bank offers tailored products and
solutions for high net worth clients and operates the Bank's
lending business in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on Dec. 1,
2010, DBRS downgraded the ratings of the Euro Dated Subordinated
Notes (specifically the EUR325.2 million Floating Rate
Subordinated Notes due 2014, EUR500 million Callable Subordinated
Floating Rate Notes due 2016 and the EUR750 million Dated
Subordinated Floating Rate Notes due 2017) (collectively referred
to as the 2017 Notes) issued by Anglo Irish Bank Corporation
Limited (Anglo Irish or the Bank) to 'D' from 'C'.  DBRS said the
downgrade follows the execution of the Bank's note exchange offer.
The default status for the exchanged and now-extinguished 2017
Notes reflects DBRS's view that bondholders were offered limited
options, which, as discussed in DBRS's press release dated
October 25, 2010, is considered a default per DBRS policy.

On Oct. 29, 2010, the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe reported
that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its rating on
Anglo Irish Bank Corp. Ltd.'s non-deferrable dated subordinated
debt (lower Tier 2) securities to 'D' from 'CCC'.  The downgrade
of the lower Tier 2 debt rating reflects S&P's opinion that the
bank's exchange offer is a "distressed exchange" and tantamount to
default in accordance with its criteria.


LYRATH ESTATE: 2009 Losses Prompt Going Concern Doubt
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The Irish Times relates that Lyrath Estate Hotel's reported losses
for the year 2009 "may cast significant doubt about the company's
ability to continue as a going concern."

Lyrath Hotel incurred more than million in losses in 2009,
according to Gordon Deegan at The Irish Times, citing documents
filed by the company's auditor.  Net losses before tax of
EUR1,063,244 are confirmed by the company's Tralee-based auditors,
Kelly Foley Co, in a two-page report, The Irish Times relates.

Patrick Joyce, the hotel's general manager, on Tuesday disclosed
the hotel had also recorded a loss last year, but said losses for
the first five years of operation had always been anticipated, The
Irish Times notes.

Lyrath Estate Hotel is a private unlimited company based in
Kilkenny, Ireland.


QUINN INSURANCE: Owner May Challenge Group's Administration Order
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Laura Noonan at Independent.ie reports that Quinn Insurance owner
Sean Quinn may challenge the company's descent into administration
if Anglo Irish Bank insists on excluding the businessman's family
from a bid for the stricken insurer.  This development comes ahead
of a crunch meeting between Anglo executives and Mr. Quinn's
lieutenants, where the Quinn contingent is expected to urge Anglo
to reconsider a joint proposal to take over Quinn Insurance
Limited, according to the report.

As reported in the Troubled Company reporter-Europe on January 5,
2011, The Sunday Business Post Online said Anglo Irish Bank
excluded businessman Sean Quinn from taking control of Quinn
Insurance.  Mr. Quinn believed he was part of a joint bid for the
insurance business alongside Anglo and U.S. insurance firm Liberty
Mutual, according to The Sunday Business Post Online.  The final
bid submitted for Quinn Insurance in recent weeks, however, did
not include Mr. Quinn, leading to a significant disagreement
between him and the bank, the report noted.  Anglo Irish is owed
EUR2.8 billion by the Quinn Group and the Quinn family, and is
keen on protecting its interests by having some ownership of Quinn
Insurance, according to The Sunday Business Post Online.  The
report noted Mr. Quinn had argued he could repay all his debts
within eight years if he was left in control of the insurance
firm, but the bank rejected that view.

Independent.ie discloses that Anglo Irish subsequently decided to
pursue a bid with U.S. insurance giant Liberty Mutual.

Kevin Lunney, a key lieutenant of Mr. Quinn and a former general
manager of QIL, has said the Quinns are urging Anglo to reconsider
the bid decision, according to Independent.ie.  If the Quinn
family is unable to convince Anglo Irish to revive the joint bid,
the family would "have to give consideration to" using a legal
opinion to challenge QIL's original descent into administration,
Independent.ie quotes Mr. Lunney as saying.

Independent.ie discloses that a legal opinion from a UK firm
revealed that the Financial Regulator should not have concluded
that the EUR1.2 billion in guarantees offered by QIL subsidiaries
impinged on the insurer's solvency.  The report relates that the
impact of those guarantees on QIL's solvency was a key reason for
the Financial Regulator's decision to put the insurer into
administration last April.

Mr. Lunney, Independent.ie states, said that the Quinn family's
position might change if it was given a "satisfactory explanation"
for why its bid was jettisoned in favor of a bid with Liberty
Mutual.

The Quinns believe their joint Anglo bid would have secured full
repayment of the EUR2.8 billion debt within seven years, by giving
Anglo 100pc of QIL's earnings and then selling the company as well
as other Quinn assets, Independent.ie adds.

                      About Anglo Irish Bank

Anglo Irish Bank Corp PLC -- http://www.angloirishbank.com/--
operates in three core areas: business lending, treasury and
private banking.  The Bank's non-retail business is made up of
more than 11,000 commercial depositors spanning commercial
entities, charities, public sector bodies, pension funds, credit
unions and other non-bank financial institutions.  The Company's
retail deposits comprise demand, notice and fixed term deposit
accounts from personal savers with maturities of up to two years.
Non-retail deposits are sourced from commercial entities,
charities, public sector bodies, pension funds, credit unions and
other non-bank financial institutions.  In addition, at Sept. 30,
2008, its non-retail deposits included deposits from Irish
Life Assurance plc.  The Private Bank offers tailored products and
solutions for high net worth clients and operates the Bank's
lending business in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

                      About Quinn Insurance

Quinn Insurance is owned by Sean Quinn, Ireland's richest man, and
his family.  The company has more than 20% of the motor and health
insurance market in Ireland.  Employing almost 2,800 people in
Britain and Ireland, it was founded in 1996 and entered the UK
market in 2004.

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe, The Irish
Times said the Financial Regulator put Quinn Insurance into
administration in March 2010 after his office discovered
guarantees had been provided by the insurer's subsidiaries as far
back as 2005 on Quinn Group debts of more than EUR1.2 billion.
The regulator said the guarantees reduced the amount the firm had
in reserve to protect policyholders against possible claims,
putting 1.3 million customers at risk, according to The Irish
Times.


* IRELAND: Over 1,500 Companies 'Failed' in 2010
------------------------------------------------
Michael O'Regan at Irish Times reports that Minister for Finance
Brian Lenihan told the Dail that more than 1,500 Irish firms went
into liquidation, receivership, or examinership in 2010.

Mr. O'Regan said a large number of the 'failed' companies were in
the construction and other related sectors, according to Irish
Times.  "This is in part due to the rebalancing of the Irish
economy away from unsustainable growth dominated by construction
in recent years," Irish Times quoted Mr. O'Regan as saying.

Irish Times notes that Labor spokeswoman Joan Burton said there
was fear and despair in towns, cities and villages all over
Ireland for businesses that were in very serious trouble,
particularly in the retail sector, the hotel and license trade and
tourism.  Ms. Burton said the rents businesses were paying were
such that they were not capable of being met under the current
deterioration in trade, according to the report.

For the past two and a half years, Ms. Burton added, Labor had
asked the Government to change the upward-only rent review rule on
existing leases so that businesses could negotiate lower rents,
Irish Times notes.

Mr. Lenihan said that the national recovery plan provided a
blueprint for Ireland's return to sustainable economic growth,
identifying areas of activity which would provide increased
employment opportunities, according to Irish Times.

Irish Times adds that Mr. Lenihan said that after experiencing two
years of significant falling output, it was now clear that growth
had returned during the latter part of last year.


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NIELSEN COMPANY: Moody's Puts 'B2' Corporate Family Under Review
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Moody's Investors Service had put the B2 Corporate Family and PD
ratings of The Nielsen Company B.V.'s as well as bank loan and
bond ratings at Nielsen and its subsidiaries, Nielsen Finance LLC
and Nielsen Finance Co under review for possible upgrade.  This is
prompted by the fact that Nielsen's indirect holding company
Nielsen Holdings B.V. has started a road show for an initial
public offering following an updated S-1 filing with the SEC.

The updated S-1 filing indicates that Nielsen Holdings intends to
use most of the anticipated net proceeds from the issue of common
equity in the IPO to repay certain of the group's existing
indebtedness.  Moody's expects debt to be sustained at the reduced
level.  Should the IPO proceed as currently described and debt be
reduced as outlined in the filing, Nielsen's CFR and PDR could be
upgraded by up to two notches.  Following a successful IPO, CFR
and PDR for the Nielsen group will be moved to Nielsen Holdings.
Existing bond ratings could also be upgraded by up to two notches
while the senior secured bank facilities would be upgraded by no
more than one notch, depending on the CFR.  Moody's would expect
to close the review following the conclusion of the IPO process,
which is currently expected for late January.

The last rating action was on October 25, 2010, when a definitive
Caa1 rating was assigned to the issue of senior notes due 2018 via
Nielsen's subsidiaries, Nielsen Finance LLC and Nielsen Finance
Co.  Nielsen's ratings were assigned by evaluating factors S&P
believes are relevant to the credit profile of the issuer, such as
i) the business risk and competitive position of the company
versus others within its industry, ii) the capital structure and
financial risk of the company, iii) the projected performance of
the company over the near to intermediate term, and iv)
management's track record and tolerance for risk.  These
attributes were compared against other issuers both within and
outside of Nielsen's core industry and Nielsen's ratings are
believed to be comparable to those of other issuers of similar
credit risk.  Moody's Loss Given Default for Speculative-Grade
Non-Financial Companies in the U.S., Canada and EMEA published in
June 2009.

Active in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in
Diemen, The Netherlands and New York, USA, The Nielsen Company
B.V. is a global information and measurement company.


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RUSSNEFT OAO: Creditors Agree to Cut Rate US$6.2 Billion Debt
-------------------------------------------------------------
Torrey Clark at Bloomberg News reports that OAO Russneft said in
an e-mailed statement on Wednesday that the company agreed with
its largest creditors, Glencore International AG and OAO Sberbank,
on lowering the rate on US$6.2 billion of debt to 9% and extending
the maturity to 2020.

RussNeft' NK OAO -- http://www.russneft.ru/-- is a Russia-based
vertically integrated oil company.  Its main area of activity is
crude oil extraction.  The Company is comprised of 30 productive
assets, three refineries and a petrol stations network located in
17 regions of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
RussNeft' NK OAO covers Western Siberia, Tomsk, Novosibirsk,
Ulyanovsk, Penza, Volgograd, Bryansk, Smolensk, Vologda, Kirovsk,
Saratov, Orenburg Region, Krasnodar Region, Udmurtiya, Komi and
Belarus.  The Company is developing more than 170 oil fields.  The
total extractable reserves of RussNeft'NK OAO exceed 630 million
tons, and the annual extraction reaches 17 million tons of crude
oil.  The Company has launched its own oil loading terminal in
Bryansk Region.  It is headquartered in Moscow, Russian
Federation.


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GRIFOLS INC: S&P Assigns Prelim. B Rating to US$1BB Unsecured Bond
------------------------------------------------------------------
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned its preliminary 'B'
long-term issue rating to the proposed US$1.1 billion unsecured
bond due 2018 to be issued by Grifols Inc. upon closing of the
acquisition of U.S.-based biopharmaceuticals Company Talecris
Biotherapeutics Inc.  Grifols Inc. is the fully owned U.S.
subsidiary of Spanish health care group Grifols S.A. (Grifols;
preliminary BB-/Positive/--).  The preliminary issue rating is two
notches lower than the preliminary corporate credit rating on the
parent.  At the same time, Standard & Poor's assigned its
preliminary recovery rating of '6' to the bond, reflecting its
expectations of negligible (0%-10%) recovery for bondholders in
the event of a payment default.

The preliminary issue and recovery ratings on the US$1.1 billion
unsecured bond are the same as those S&P assigned to Grifols'
US$1.1 billion unsecured bridge-to-bond facility on July 20, 2010.
S&P will withdraw the rating on the bridge facility upon
successful completion of the bond issuance.

S&P's existing preliminary 'BB' long-term issue rating on Grifols'
proposed senior secured credit facilities is unchanged, as is its
preliminary recovery rating of '2' on these facilities, indicating
its expectation of substantial (70%-90%) recovery for lenders in
the event of a payment default.

The ratings on the unsecured bond and secured credit facilities
are based on preliminary information and are subject to S&P's
review of the final documentation.  In the event of any changes to
the amount and terms of the unsecured bond or senior secured
facilities, the issue and recovery ratings on all instruments may
be subject to further review.

The US$1.1 billion bond issue is part of the financing that
Grifols has put in place to finance its acquisition of Talecris.
The full financing consists of US$3.4 billion in senior secured
credit facilities--comprising a US$1.5 billion term loan A, a
US$1.6 billion term loan B, and a US$300 million revolving credit
facility (RCF)--and the US$1.1 billion unsecured bond.

All of the credit facilities--taken on by both Grifols and Grifols
Inc.--are secured by fixed and floating charges over most of
Grifols' assets and guaranteed on a senior secured basis by
Grifols and its material subsidiaries.

The bond is unsecured and guaranteed on an unsecured basis by the
same guarantors as those of the credit facilities.  Since the
acquisition of Talecris is still awaiting regulatory approval and,
therefore, has yet to be completed, the bond, according to S&P's
understanding, will initially be issued by a Company outside the
Grifols group, and the issuance proceeds will be placed in an
escrow account.  S&P understands that if the acquisition is
successfully completed, Grifols Inc. will then assume the
obligations under the bond.  If the acquisition is unsuccessful,
which S&P views as unlikely, the bond will be redeemed at 101%.

S&P understands that the process of obtaining regulatory approval
from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for Grifols' acquisition of
Talecris is in advanced stages.  The final ratings will be subject
to the successful closing of the proposed transaction and, in
particular, to the Company's receipt of regulatory approval for
the acquisition.

Recovery Analysis

The preliminary issue rating on the proposed US$1.1 billion
unsecured bond is 'B', two notches below the proposed corporate
credit rating on Grifols.  The preliminary recovery rating on this
instrument is '6', reflecting S&P's expectation of negligible (0%-
10%) recovery for bondholders in the event of a payment default.
The preliminary issue rating on the proposed senior secured
bank facilities is 'BB', one notch above the corporate credit
rating on Grifols.  The preliminary recovery rating on this
instrument is '2', reflecting its expectation of substantial (70%-
90%) recovery for lenders in the event of a payment default.

Recovery prospects for all of the above debt are supported by
S&P's valuation of Grifols as a going concern, by its view of the
comprehensive security and guarantee package provided to the
senior secured lenders, and by the amortizing debt structure.

In S&P's opinion, recovery prospects are constrained by Grifols'
post-default exposure to the Spanish insolvency regime, which the
rating agency views as relatively unfavorable for creditors.
However, in S&P's opinion, this exposure is partially mitigated by
Grifols' significant operations and assets in the U.S., where most
of the debt is located.  S&P believes that an insolvency filing,
if required, could occur in the U.S. rather than in Spain.  S&P
views the U.S. insolvency regime as rather favorable for
creditors.

The recovery rating on the unsecured bond further reflects its
subordinated position within the capital structure.

In order to determine recoveries, S&P simulates a default
scenario.  S&P's hypothetical default scenario comprises a
significant decline in revenues and margins stemming from a
simulated decline in selling prices and hypothetical product
contamination that would damage Grifols' reputation.  Under this
scenario, Grifols defaults in 2014, with EBITDA having declined by
about 36% to US$495 million.

S&P's valuation of Grifols as a going concern is supported by the
rating agency's view of the group's strong market position in an
industry where the number of players is limited and the barriers
to entry are fairly high.  S&P has calculated a gross stressed
enterprise value of about US$3,210 million at its simulated point
of default.

From S&P's gross enterprise value of US$3,210 million, the ratinge
agency deducts about US$225 million of priority enforcements
costs, leading to a net stressed enterprise value of about
US$2,985 million.  S&P then subtracts about US$105 million of
priority liabilities (nonrecourse factoring).  This leaves about
US$2,880 million of residual value available to the senior secured
lenders.  S&P estimates that there will be about US$3,180 million
of senior secured debt outstanding at the time of default,
comprising the amortized term loans A and B, the fully drawn RCF,
and prepetition interest.  This results in coverage in the 70%-90%
range for the senior secured lenders, hence S&P's recovery rating
of '2' on the secured credit facilities, which takes into account
Grifols' exposure to what it deems to be a relatively unfavorable
insolvency regime.  Consequently, S&P estimates that there will be
negligible (0%-10%) value left for the subordinated bondholders
(totaling US$1,150 million, including prepetition interest), hence
its recovery rating of '6' on the unsecured bond.


* SPAIN: Prime Minister Vows to Accelerate Clean-Up of Cajas
------------------------------------------------------------
Jonathan House and Sara Schaefer Munoz at Dow Jones Newswires
report that as neighboring Portugal seems to move inexorably
toward requesting a bailout, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis
Rodriguez Zapatero pledged to accelerate the cleanup of his
country's network of savings banks known as cajas.

According to Dow Jones, this means the cajas for the first time
will disclose the extent of their exposure to troubled real-estate
and construction loans, a move that could trigger injections of
government funds into some of the banks.

The cleanup effort is part of Spain's attempt to convince
investors it isn't another Portugal or Ireland, Dow Jones says.

The disclosures will include collateral on loans, loan-to-value
ratios, repayment histories and provisioning levels, Dow Jones
discloses.  The cajas must also reveal detailed information on
their financing needs, Dow Jones notes.  This will be the first
step in determining if the banks need more capital, according to
Dow Jones.

Spain has injected around EUR11 billion (US$14.25 billion) into
its banking sector, equal to around 1% of gross domestic product
and much less than in most other developed countries during the
crisis, Dow Jones relates.  But investors believe losses are being
hidden, especially at the unlisted cajas, which control half of
the country's lending business but have complex ownership
structures and disclose less financial data than their listed
peers, Dow Jones states.

Spanish authorities have sought to limit the cost of the banking-
sector cleanup by forcing ailing institutions into mergers with
stronger ones, Dow Jones notes.  The number of institutions in the
bloated cajas sector has been cut to 17 from 45, with the FROB
providing funds to cover capital shortfalls, Dow Jones discloses.
Furthermore, the government overhauled regulations to allow the
cajas -- controlled by employees, depositors and local governments
-- to become joint stock companies and list on the stock market,
Dow Jones recounts.


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EROS LABORATORIES: Goes Into Liquidation; 90 Jobs At Risk
---------------------------------------------------------
Lincolnshire Echo reports that Eros Laboratories Ltd has gone into
liquidation with 90 jobs at risk.  The company's employees were
told earlier this week the future of their jobs was uncertain,
according to the report.

The Echo relates that the company's green gates are now closed and
a sign has been put up which states that the business is in
liquidation and offers alternative arrangements for pending
deliveries and collections.

According to the Echo, representatives from Job Centre Plus have
been on site to offer advice and information on how to claim
benefits.

But the leader of North Kesteven District Council, Marion
Brighton, said the authority would be on-hand to help employees
take the next step, the Echo adds.

"We are committed to creating a resilient and diverse economy and
therefore, where appropriate, we will work with our partners and
Job Centre Plus to support the business, its employees and all
those potentially affected," Ms. Brighton told the Echo.  "In the
immediate term, the authority is keen to work with the company and
the administrator to see how it can help mitigate the effects of
the closure."

Michael Self, Lincolnshire's regional organizer for the Federation
of Small Businesses, told the Echo that if the Metheringham
company were to leave it would leave a big gap in the area's
economy.

Based in Metheringham, near Lincoln, Eros Laboratories Ltd
specialises in alcohol-based products such as body sprays, cream,
lotions and aftershave.  Eros Laboratories Ltd is a subsidiary of
Rochmills Group.


GARTMORE INVESTMENT: Enters into Merger Deal with Henderson Global
------------------------------------------------------------------
Miles Johnson and Lina Saigol at The Financial Times report that
Henderson Global Investors has agreed to buy Gartmore for GBP366
million in a rescue merger that ends the independence of the
crisis-hit fund manager a little more than a year after it listed
on the London stock market.

According to the FT, the combined group will create one of the
UK's largest retail asset managers, with assets of GBP78.1
billion, and will see the Gartmore name phased out by the summer.

The FT relates that Henderson and Gartmore's boards said they had
unanimously recommended the deal to shareholders, with Gartmore
fund managers representing 84% of its assets under management
agreeing to stay with the group, allaying fears of key staff
defecting.

Andrew Formica, Henderson's chief executive, said that no decision
had been made on how many of Gartmore's 300 staff would lose their
jobs in the merger, the FT notes.

Under the deal, Gartmore shareholders will receive two Henderson
shares for every three Gartmore shares, the FT discloses.
Henderson is also taking on Gartmore's net debt of GBP49.5
million, the FT states.  The offer values Gartmore's equity at
100p a share, based on Henderson's closing share price of 151p on
Wednesday, up 9.2% on the day.

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe, the FT said
Gartmore has been rocked by a series of high-profile staff
departures amid which its shares collapsed by more than 50% from a
listing price of 220p.  That made it one of the worst-performing
stock market listings in Europe since the onset of the financial
crisis, according to the FT.  Guillaume Rambourg, who co-managed
Gartmore's hedge fund business with Roger Guy, was suspended in
March for breaching internal trading rules, later resigning from
the company to concentrate on fighting a Financial Services
Authority investigation into the incident, the FT disclosed.

Gartmore is an independent fund manager, offering a wide range of
investment products and services, tailored to meet the varying
needs of both retail and institutional clients.  It has offices
located in London, Tokyo, Boston, Madrid and Frankfurt.


KELSO CLO: S&P Withdraws 'B' Ratings on Two Classes of Notes
------------------------------------------------------------
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services withdrew its ratings on five
classes of notes issued by Kelso CLO 2008 Ltd.

The rating action follows confirmation from the collateral
administrator that the issuer fully repaid all rated notes on
Jan. 7, 2011.  Kelso CLO 2008's legal final maturity date falls in
January 2016.  However, the transaction may redeem early under
certain circumstances.

Kelso CLO 2008 is a collateralized debt obligation (CDO)
incorporating both synthetic and cash flow features.  Payments on
each class of notes are primarily supported by collateral
deposited in the transaction's deposit account and class-specific
credit default swaps (CDSs), all referencing the same underlying
portfolio of corporate loan obligors.  The issuer paid the net
proceeds of note issuance into the deposit account when the
transaction closed in December 2008.

The early redemption of the notes follows notification sent in
December 2010 by Kelso CLO 2008's swap counterparty that it would
exercise its option to terminate each class-specific CDS on the
transaction's payment date in January 2011.  Under the terms and
conditions of the notes, the termination of the swaps triggers
early repayment of the notes.

                            Ratings List

                   Rating
Class       To               From

Kelso CLO 2008 Ltd.
GBP186 Million Floating-Rate Notes and Subordinated Notes

Ratings Withdrawn

A           NR               AA (sf)
B           NR               BBB (sf)
C           NR               BB (sf)
D           NR               B (sf)
E           NR               B- (sf)

NR--Not rated.


MALBERN WINDOWS & DOORS: Brought Out of Administration
------------------------------------------------------
Manchester Evening News reports that Malbern Windows and Doors was
been bought out of administration, saving 70 jobs.

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on January 6,
2011, Business Sale related that Malbern Windows & Doors has been
placed in administration for the second time in under two years.
The report noted that Malbern Windows & Doors has called in Sarah
Bell and David Whitehouse from the Manchester office of insolvency
firm MCR to act as administrators.

Manchester Evening News notes that Malbern Windows and Doors has
sites in Denton, Tameside, and Heysham, Lancashire, which have now
been split into two divisions.  The report relates that the Denton
arm has been sold as a going concern to Plastic Window Systems and
its 18 staff has been retained.  It will continue under the
Malbern name and all outstanding orders will be honored, according
to Manchester Evening News.

Manchester Evening News cites that the Heysham-based Conservatory
Coloured Glass division, which specializes in tinted windows, has
been bought by Preston-based Lancashire Double Glazing, saving
another 53 jobs.

Sarah Bell, of administrators MCR, said that the agreed deal would
result in the greatest return to creditors and maximize repayments
to debtors, Manchester Evening News adds.

Tameside-based Malbern Windows & Doors is a home improvement
business, which operated from the 80,000 sq. ft. Malbern
Industrial Estate and employed 160 people under the leadership of
Chairman Stuart Kenyon.  The firm supplies uPVC windows and doors.


R&L PROPERTIES: 207 Pubs Go Into Administration
-----------------------------------------------
Hamish Champ at the Publican reports that accountancy firm
Deloitte has been appointed administrator to 207 pubs previously
owned by Robert Tchenguiz's R20 property group.  The pubs, all
tenanted, are held by a number of companies under the R&L
Properties banner and are spread across the UK, although the
majority is in Scotland, the report cites.

The pubs were once managed by Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company on
behalf of Mr. Tchenguiz.  They were then moved over to be managed
on a day-to-day basis by LT Management Services and recovery
outfit Licensed Solutions three months ago, according to the
Publican.

Neville Kahn, a partner in the Reorganization Services practice at
Deloitte and one of the joint administrators to the package of
pubs, said that the businesses will continue to trade as usual
while a buyer is sought, according to the Publican.  The report
relates that the pubs will be managed in the meantime by LT Pub
Management, headed by Billy Buchanan, and Licensed Solutions.

The Publican notes that the two firms will run the sites until a
buyer is found or an alternate exit strategy is decided upon.

The pubs' bank is believed to be Barclays Capital, although other
divisions of the bank may have been involved in lending to R&L,
the report says.

The Publican adds that the level of gearing at the company, plus
the trading environment, is said to have contributed to the move
into administration.

R&L Properties manages pubs across United Kingdom.


ROYAL BANK: US Court Dismisses Shareholder Class Action
-------------------------------------------------------
Sharlene Goff at The Financial Times reports that a U.S. court has
dismissed claims from hundreds of Royal Bank of Scotland's
shareholders who lost money following the UK government's bail-out
of the bank in 2008.

The FT relates that Manhattan District Judge Deborah Batts threw
out claims against RBS after ruling that investors were not
permitted to use US courts to file charges as they had purchased
the securities in the UK.

British investors in particular have tried to piggyback on the US
class action system, which allows one lawsuit to be filed on
behalf of a large group of claimants, the FT points out.

The court based its judgment on a previous ruling, which blocked
an Australian investor from seeking damages against National
Australia Bank as the shares in the company were listed outside
the US, the FT says.

The dismissal of the claims will block UK shareholders from
pursuing further action through the US courts and reduces RBS's
potential liability under US law, the FT states.

However, the bank still faces claims relating to US$5 billion of
preference shares it issued in the US, the FT notes.

The claims against RBS were filed by investors who lost billions
of pounds when shares they had bought in the bank plummeted in
value in the months leading up to its part nationalization, the FT
recounts.  Their claims center around the information provided to
them by the bank ahead of its GBP12 billion (US$19 billion) rights
issue in 2007, the FT says.

                           About RBS

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (NYSE:RBS) --
http://www.rbs.com/-- is a holding company of The Royal Bank of
Scotland plc (Royal Bank) and National Westminster Bank Plc
(NatWest), which are United Kingdom-based clearing banks.  The
company's activities are organized in six business divisions:
Corporate Markets (comprising Global Banking and Markets and
United Kingdom Corporate Banking), Retail Markets (comprising
Retail and Wealth Management), Ulster Bank, Citizens, RBS
Insurance and Manufacturing.  On October 17, 2007, RFS Holdings
B.V. (RFS Holdings), a company jointly owned by RBS, Fortis N.V.,
Fortis SA/NV and Banco Santander S.A. (the Consortium Banks) and
controlled by RBS, completed the acquisition of ABN AMRO Holding
N.V. (ABN AMRO).  In July 2008, the company disposed of its entire
interest in Global Voice Group Ltd.


SKYKON CAMPBELTOWN: Enters Deal to Keep Turbine Factory Open
------------------------------------------------------------
BBC News reports that a deal has been struck to keep open Skykon
Campbeltown factory while efforts continue to safeguard its
future.

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
January 7, 2011, Skykon Campbeltown went into administration.  The
Press Association said that Skykon Campbeltown suffered when its
Denmark-based parent company Skykon suspended payments to
creditors in October.  Around 130 people work at Skykon's factory
in Machrihanish, Argyll, the report related.

BBC News discloses that administrators Ernst and Young have now
agreed a deal with engineering firm Siemens to resume production.
The report relates that Siemens will provide funding for an
outstanding order of 30 wind turbine towers for a wind farm near
Abington in South Lanarkshire.

BBC News states that staff at the company was informed of the
breakthrough at a meeting with the administrators.  The report
relates that all 130 employees will return to work and wage
arrears will be met.

"We were mindful of the uncertainty facing staff at the
Campbeltown facility and are therefore pleased to have concluded
this arrangement in such a short timescale," BBC News quoted
Andrew Davison, joint administrator, as saying.

The administrators are continuing to work through expressions of
interest in the site and are currently providing further
information to interested parties, BBC News adds.

Skykon Campbeltown makes wind turbine parts.


THE MALT: Goes Into Administration
----------------------------------
Jim Jack at Ilkley Gazette reports that The Malt went into
administration.  The company's staff are still waiting for their
final pay slips after the bar and restaurant closed suddenly on
Sunday, January 2, 2011.

Director Adam Lewis blamed the closure on poor trading conditions
and low customer numbers, but insists it will have no impact on
The Yard pub in Ilkley, which he also manages, according to Ilkley
Gazette.  The report relates Mr. Lewis said he has been working
with local businesses to try to make alternative arrangements for
anyone who had paid a deposit to host a function at The Malt this
year.

"We've had to put The Malt into administration, which happened
just after the New Year," Ilkley Gazette quoted Mr. Lewis as
saying.  "It was just down to lack of trade and the economic
climate. Low patronage was the main cause.  The staff will be paid
in full for every hour they've worked for us and I've had meetings
with 90% of them and they've all been assured we're filling the
forms in for them and trying to do the best possible to ease the
stress and disruption that's been caused," Mr. Lewis added.

The Malt is a bar and restaurant in Burley-in-Wharfedale, England.


WTA GLOBAL: Brought Out of Administration, 85 Jobs Saved
--------------------------------------------------------
Insider Media Limited reports that WTA Global Holdings was bought
out of administration saving 85 jobs in the process.  The report
relates that John Kelly and Nigel Price, partners in Begbies
Traynor Birmingham office, were appointed joint administrators on
December 23, 2010, to WTA Global Holdings, which traded as World
Tourist Attractions.

Mr. Kelly confirmed that the business has now been sold to Elliot
Hall, the sole director of WTA Global Holdings, according to
Insider Media Limited.

"WTA Global Holdings was formed in 2002 to install and operate
large entertainment wheels in key locations," Insider Media
Limited quoted Mr. Kelly as saying.  "Based on the original Ferris
wheel but closer to the London Eye in terms of construction,
significant investments were made and further funds rose from a
number of financial institutions and individuals.  The company
would appear to have suffered as a result of some of the locations
for the wheels not providing the income that had been forecast due
to a downturn in visitor numbers because of the current financial
global crisis, but mainly during 2009.   While the wheels can be
moved, a considerable cost is involved.  The company sought
further financial investment but due to the current economic
climate it was not forthcoming," Mr. Kelly added.

The report notes Mr. Kelly also said: "As the wheels were all
subject to finance the remaining business and assets were sold to
Elliot Hall shortly after the administration giving the
opportunity of saving more than 85 jobs."

Headquartered in Sutton Coldfield, WTA Global Holdings is the
failed business behind Birmingham's Big Wheel.  WTA Global
Holdings also operated five other observation wheels across the
country.


* UK: Corporate Insolvencies Drop 19% in Q4 of 2010, PwC Says
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The latest PwC analysis into corporate insolvency numbers
demonstrates that the level of insolvencies significantly declined
during 2010.  In total, 15,894 companies became insolvent in 2010
compared to 19,512 in 2009.  Some 3,605 companies became insolvent
in the fourth quarter of 2010 -- a 6% decrease on the previous
quarter and a 19% decrease in comparison to the same quarter of
2009.

Mike Jervis, partner in the business recovery services practice at
PwC, commented:

"Overall insolvency numbers are back to those seen in 2008.  But
2008 was a year of contrasts- pre and post September 15, when
Lehmans filed for bankruptcy.  2010 has seen insolvency volumes
stabilize as businesses are proactively managed in intensive care
and options other than insolvency are pursued with vigor.
However, UK businesses are certainly not out of the woods yet, as
we expect looming public sector cuts to hit the bottom line of
many public sector suppliers.

"The demise of Rok in November 2010 exemplifies that companies
within the construction and service industries are still
vulnerable.  It is telling that overall construction insolvencies
during 2010 were still 15% above those experienced in 2008.  A
modest increase in interest rates would also put additional
pressure on many struggling companies.

"These actual and potential economic challenges need to be
factored into company cashflow forecasts and scenario planning
should be a key discipline.  Key risks are loss of demand or
increases in uncontrollable costs.  Cashflow management needs to
be obsessive in companies facing these issues. "

The worst affected sectors continue to include construction (565
companies), manufacturing (410), retail (399), hospitality &
leisure (237) and real estate (131).  However, all these sectors
show a marked improvement when compared to the same quarter of
2009.

PwC's analysis shows that London continues to have the highest
number of insolvencies with 875 but compared to the same quarter
in 2009, shows a marked improvement with a 24% decline.  The East,
South and West have seen rises in the number of insolvencies,
while the most improvement has been recorded in the East Midlands
where the number of insolvencies has dropped by 40% since the last
quarter.


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* BOOK REVIEW: Megamergers - Corporate America's Billion-Dollar
               Takeovers
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Author: Kenneth M. Davidson
Publisher: Beard Books
Hardcover: 427 pages
Listprice: US$34.95
Review by Henry Berry

Megamergers are nothing new to the business world. One of the
first occurred in 1901, when Carnegie Steel merged with several
rival steel corporations, resulting in the billion-dollar United
States Steel. Since then, megamergers have been a part of American
business.  However, the author notes that megamergers have
historically "occurred sporadically and been understandable" on
face value.  By contrast, in recent decades there has been a
"current wave of large mergers [that] is unprecedented."

In Megamergers - Corporate America's Billion-Dollar Takeovers,
Davidson looks at the unprecedented number of megamergers
occurring today and considers whether this signals a change in
the thinking of U.S. business leaders.  Legislators, corporate
executives, mergers specialists, and anyone else involved in,
or affected by, megamergers will find this book enlightening.
An announcement of a merger is usually accompanied with the
pronouncements that it will result in greater synergies,
operational efficiencies, and improved servicing of markets.
Mr. Davidson questions whether this has, in fact, been the case.
He analyzes the subsequent financial performance of the corporate
behemoths produced by these megamergers and concludes that the
majority of them were not justifiable nor, ultimately, productive.
Mr. Davidson is an admitted skeptic about the value of mergers to
the overall economy and to employees, stockholders, and consumers.
He is critical of the overly optimistic rationales prevalent in
today's business climate that lead many businesspersons into
mergers.  For the most part, though, he keeps his biases in check.
He rejects many of the common criticisms of mergers.  For example,
he finds unpersuasive the argument that mergers should be rejected
on the ground that they undermine market competitiveness.  Nor,
does he say, is it worthwhile to revisit the ongoing debate over
whether "'risk arbitrageurs are good guys or bad guys."

The author states that his "first intention [is] to paint a
picture of what is happening [to] clarify the issues involved and
areas of dispute."  He offers a balanced examination of the
megamerger phenomenon, particularly as it pertains to the energy
and financial services industries.  He goes beyond seeing
megamergers only as phenomena of contemporary corporate culture,
and his analyses go beyond mere statistics.  Megamergers have
their roots not only in business ambitions and current trends, but
also in human nature.  Recognizing this, the author also addresses
the psychology underlying megamergers.  As noted in the section
"The Acquisition Imperative," mergers present a temptation to the
decision-making executives of successful companies "look[ing]
beyond their product and consider[ing] the disposal of excess
profits."  Mr. Davidson explains why a merger appears to many
executives to be a better option than distributing profits to
shareholders, starting new businesses, or investing in securities.
The informed perspective Mr. Davidson offers in this book, first
published in 2003, is just as relevant today.  It is a book that
brings new wisdom to old ways of thinking about megamergers.

An attorney for the U. S. Federal Trade Commission for 25 years,
Kenneth M. Davidson has also been a corporate attorney and a
visiting law professor.


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