Market Chatter-Corporate finance press digest

Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:15am EDT

Oct 30 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related
stories were reported by media on Tuesday: 
    
    * Vivendi SA's SFR is in discussions about a tie-up
with Iliad SA, which shook up France's mobile market
when it launched its low-cost Free Mobile offering earlier this
year, Les Echos reported on its website. 
    
   * Hitachi Ltd agreed to buy the Horizon nuclear
project for 700 million pounds ($1.12 billion) from its German
owners, beating a rival bid from Westinghouse Electric Co and
leaving the project's owners "turning cartwheels" at the price,
the Financial Times reported.* Large buyout funds such as Carlyle Group LP, Bain
Capital and Blackstone group LP have been approached to
buy Alliance Tire Group, a specialised tyre company, with
leading private equity investor Warburg Pincus LLC 
deciding to exit its five year-old investment, the Economic
Times reported.