(Adds Hong Yuan, Carillion, Infinite Rewards, Liberty Media, GSG, Sanoma; updates BSkyB, Colonial)
July 25 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1330 GMT on Friday:
** Britain’s BSkyB has agreed to pay $9 billion to buy Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, taking its hunt for growth into Europe by creating a media powerhouse with 20 million customers.
** The management of Hong Yuan Securities Co Ltd has agreed to be bought by Shenyin & Wanguo Securities Co Ltd for 39.6 billion yuan ($6.4 billion), creating China’s third-biggest brokerage.
** British support services and construction company Carillion made a bold move to capitalise on its successes with a possible 3 billion pound ($5 billion) merger with infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty.
** Spanish property company Colonial said it had made a 650 million euros ($874 million) offer for Realia Patrimonio, a unit of Realia which develops and rents commercial property.
** John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp started the process of spinning off its cable assets through a stock dividend to its shareholders to form a new listed company called Liberty Broadband.
** Malaysia’s Infinite Rewards Inc and Singapore-listed Albedo Ltd have scrapped plans for a reverse takeover, a deal that would have let Albedo join the foray of international property developers buying up land in Malaysia’s Iskandar region.
** China’s Bank of Communications Co Ltd (BoCom) plans to sell stakes to private investors under a government reform aimed at letting private capital play a bigger role in the economy, two people familiar with the matter said.
** Shareholders of Thailand’s True Corp Pcl approved a plan to sell new shares to China Mobile Ltd . China Mobile has agreed to buy an 18 percent stake in True for $881 million in Thailand’s first major corporate deal since the military coup in May.
** India’s new government plans to sell a 5 percent stake in state-run Steel Authority of India Ltd this fiscal year ending March, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. The government also approved the sale of its residual stakes in Hindustan Zinc Ltd and Bharat Aluminium Co.
The government also plans a public listing of steel company Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd IPO-RASH.NS and will sell a 10 percent stake this fiscal year. It also plans to sell a 10 percent stake in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd IPO-HIAE.NS.
** Finland’s top media house Sanoma’s chief executive said its Russian unit, including a stake in Vedomosti newspaper and around 50 magazine titles such as Cosmopolitan and Esquire, was attracting interest from potential buyers.
** Czech billionaire property developer Radovan Vitek has launched a mandatory buyout offer for shares in German real estate group GSG. Vitek holds 94 percent of GSG and is offering to buy remaining shares at a price of 0.53 per share.
** The chief executive of Anglo American Plc dismissed reports that the group is in talks to sell its stake in the Samancor manganese joint venture with BHP Billiton and said it may be too optimistic to expect a sale of its South African platinum assets by 2015.
** PetroChina is reconsidering a plan to auction off its multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline unit, and could instead sell it to an affiliate, three people who were briefed on the matter by the Chinese energy giant told Reuters.
** Venezuela’s state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) is considering offers to buy its U.S. downstream subsidiary Citgo, industry research group Argus Media reported on its website on Thursday.
** The chief executive of South African platinum producer Lonmin said it was considering buying out the rest of the joint venture in the Pandora mine that it operates with bigger rival Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).
** Alitalia Chief Executive Gabriele Del Torchio denied a newspaper report on Friday that Etihad Airways had set a deadline of July 28 to agree its planned merger with the troubled Italian carrier.
** Banca Carige has entered exclusive talks with U.S. investment fund Apollo Management Holdings LP for the sale of its two insurance units, the Italian mid-sized lender said in a statement on Thursday.
** U.S. real estate website operator Zillow Inc is in advanced talks to buy smaller rival Trulia Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.
** Vodafone on Thursday extended its voluntary tender offer to buy all the share capital of Italian car electronics maker Cobra Automotive Technologies by five trading days to Aug. 1. ($1 = 0.59 British Pounds) ($1 = 0.74 Euros) ($1 = 6.1913 Chinese Yuan) (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera in Bangalore)