July 13, 2018 / 10:10 AM / 10 months ago

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Siemens, Nova Ljubljanska Banka, Boeing Co, Comcast, AT&T, Lazard Ltd, Eversource Energy, Xerox, French oil and gas major Total)

July 13 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2030 GMT on Friday:

** French oil and gas major Total said that it has completed a $1.5 billion deal to acquire Engie’s ENGIE upstream Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business to become the second-largest player in the global LNG market.

** Xerox Corp is considering the sale of a leasing unit that lends money to customers to rent printers and equipment, to make itself more attractive to potential acquirers following the termination of its $6.1 billion sale to Fujifilm Holdings Corp, people familiar with the matter said.

** Siemens and Alstom’s plan to create a Franco-German rail champion could reduce competition and lead to higher fares for travellers, EU antitrust regulators said as they opened a full-scale investigation into the deal.

** The Slovenian government plans to sell at least 50 percent of its largest bank Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB) via a stock market listing this year and sell another 25 percent in 2019, Finance Minister Mateja Vranicar Erman said.

** Embraer SA’s unions did not succeed in getting a job protection commitment in a meeting with the planemaker’s chief executive after a deal with Boeing Co, the unions said in a statement.

** Comcast expects to pay the banks, law firms and other advisers on its 25.9 billion pound ($34.23 billion) bid for Sky as much as 243 million pounds if it wins the battle for the British broadcaster, the U.S. cable giant said.

** The U.S. Justice Department has only a remote chance of overturning AT&T Inc’s takeover of Time Warner, Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said, while warning the case could affect bidding for Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

** Bankrupt fashion company Nine West Holdings Inc has asked investment bank Lazard Ltd to help it explore a sale, people familiar with the matter said, a month after its namesake brand known for its footwear and handbags fetched $340 million in an auction.

** Connecticut Water Service Inc rejected a revised takeover offer from Eversource Energy, according to regulatory filings from both companies, insisting it would consider abandoning its planned merger with another utility only for a much higher offer.

** Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare Bhd is set to take control of India’s Fortis Healthcare after its bid of up to $1.1 billion was chosen over a rival’s, giving it ownership of over 30 hospitals amid a private healthcare boom in India.

** Swedish healthcare company Capio rejected a bid worth 661 million euros ($771 million) from the French subsidiary of Australian hospital group Ramsay Health Care , saying it undervalued its business.

** Late HNA Group Co Ltd co-chairman Wang Jian’s 14.98 percent stake in the conglomerate will be donated to a China-based charity foundation that is already among its top shareholders, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

** Greece’s state-controlled DEPA gas company will buy out Shell’s 49 percent stake in a domestic gas supplier, Attiki Gas Supply Co, and a gas distributor in Athens and become the sole stakeholder in the two companies, it said.

** U.S. retailer Walmart Inc said it has not decided to sell its Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu and would continue to develop its business in Japan.

** Chilean copper producer Antofagasta Plc has sold its electricity transmission business Centinela Transmisión for $117 million, the company said.

** French oil and gas major Total said that it has completed a $1.5 billion deal to acquire Engie’s ENGIE upstream Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business to become the second-largest player in the global LNG market.

** Britain’s takeover regulator has decided that Disney must offer 14 pounds a share for Sky if it succeeds in buying Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox , in a key ruling in the takeover battle for the broadcaster.

** Retailer Metro has no plans to sell its German hypermarket chain Real, Chief Executive Officer Olaf Koch told a magazine in an interview.

** Brazil’s central bank will approve the sale of a minority stake in financial services firm XP Investimentos SA to lender Itaú Unibanco Holding SA but will not sign off on a change of control, newspaper Estado de S.Paulo reported. (Compiled by Arunima Banerjee and Aakash Jagadeesh Babu in Bengaluru)

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