Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
(Adds Glencore, Brait, United Launch, Sycamore, Tauron, Hellman & Friedman, Hutchison)
Oct 2 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:
** South African investment firm Brait SE sold its stake in Steinhoff International for about 16 billion rand ($1 billion) and will use most of the proceeds to pay off debt, it said.
** Britain's competition authority has asked EU antitrust regulators to let it examine Hutchison Whampoa's 10.25-billion-pound ($15.6 billion) bid for Telefonica's British mobile unit O2 because the deal would impact the UK most.
** France's Vivendi has taken steps to raise its stake in Telecom Italia to around 19 percent of the ordinary share capital, said four people familiar with the matter, in a bid to increase its influence at the group.
** Glencore is in talks with a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund and China's state-backed grain trader COFCO, along with Canadian pension funds, to sell a stake in its agricultural assets, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Continuación...