Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
Feb 19 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1000 GMT on Friday:
** The best way to privatise Russia's state-controlled oil company Bashneft would be to sell a controlling stake in it, Deputy Energy Minister Alexey Texler told reporters on the sidelines of an economic forum in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.
** Dell Inc, the world's third-biggest maker of computers, is set to gain unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $67 billion bid for data storage company EMC Corp , two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
** Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp is open to buying the Techint Group's stake in Brazilian flat steel maker Usiminas, a source with direct knowledge of the subject said on Thursday.
** Mexican restaurant operator Alsea on Thursday said it had acquired the Colombia restaurant chain "Archie's" for $15.2 million.