August 9, 2017 / 10:07 AM / in 10 months

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds HNA Group, Teva Pharma and Volkswagen)

Aug 9 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1330 GMT on Wednesday:

** U.S. credit card processing company Vantiv moved closer to creating a $29 billion global payments powerhouse with a formal offer to buy Britain’s Worldpay for 8 billion pounds ($10 billion).

** Goldman Sachs has sold its remaining stake in British pensions insurance business Rothesay Life to a trio of existing investors including Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund a decade after setting up the company.

** Hedge fund Senrigan Capital Management has asked Australian regulators to intervene in Yancoal Australia’s efforts to fund its $2.69 billion purchase of the Coal & Allied division of Rio Tinto, saying it is unfair to minority shareholders.

** Bahrain-based Investcorp is aiming to make 10 investments across its private equity and real estate businesses in the current financial year, Co-Chief Executive Rishi Kapoor said on a media call.

** Brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and Anadolu Efes have agreed to merge their businesses in Russia and Ukraine, following years of decline in the Russian beer market due to tighter regulation.

** Unilever has agreed to buy certain of its Dutch preference shares and to launch a public offer for the rest that would value them at 450 million euros, as the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company seeks to simplify its capital structure.

** Spanish bank Santander has sold control of property worth 10 billion euros ($12 billion) to U.S. investor Blackstone Group, following its rescue of Banco Popular.

** Dish Network Corp has joined forces with conservative media, trade and liberal advocacy groups in urging U.S. authorities to reject Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.

** SoftBank Group Corp is investing $1 billion in Fanatics Inc as a part of a funding round that values the sports e-commerce company at $4.5 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter.

** French power company Engie SA is in talks to buy a wind power project in Brazil from local firm Renova Energia SA, according to a document from Brazil’s power sector watchdog Aneel seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

** Hitachi Ltd said U.S. buyout firm KKR has put on hold a planned tender offer for its chip-making equipment and video solution unit, Hitachi Kokusai Electric , that had been scheduled for early August.

** HNA Group is preparing its bid for a concession to operate Belgrade’s airport, a company executive said, undeterred by Beijing’s sharpened scrutiny of overseas acquisitions, which has clouded some of the Chinese conglomerate’s other pending deals.

** Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world’s largest generic drugmaker, said it would seek to divest its Medis business that it acquired with its purchase of Actavis.

** Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) urged the state of Lower Saxony to sell its stake in Volkswagen, citing the risk of conflicts of interest weakening the region’s oversight of the scandal-hit carmaker. (Compiled by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru)

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