(Adds Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Citic)
July 20 The following bids, mergers,
acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S., Canadian
and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:
** Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Sinclair Broadcast
Group Inc and Cox Media Group entered into
separate deals to buy 22 television stations from privately held
Newport Television for about $1 billion.
** CITIC Securities has agreed to pay $310.3 million for a
near-20 percent stake in French bank Credit Agricole's
CLSA brokerage unit, with an option to buy the rest,
underscoring the global ambitions of China's biggest listed
** China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the country's
biggest oil producer, is in talks with Ecuador's government over
a potential investment in the OPEC-member's $12.5 billion
Pacifico refinery project, an Ecuadorean minister said on
** The London Stock Exchange Group is in talks with
the Singapore Exchange about a potential 7.2 billion
pound ($11.3 billion) merger, the Daily Telegraph reported, a
deal that would create the world's third-largest exchange
** Heineken NV launched a S$5.1 billion ($4.1 billion)
counter-bid for Asia Pacific Breweries, trumping a surprise
offer for the beer maker by a Thai billionaire and his family.
** Private equity firm TPG has emerged as a
potential bidder for debt-laden Australian media company Nine
Entertainment Co in what could be a A$3 billion ($3.1 billion)
buyout, a newspaper reported.
** Goals Soccer Centres Plc, which runs 5-a-side
football centres across the United Kingdom, accepted a 73.1
million pound ($115 million) buyout offer from one of Canada's
largest pension funds.
(Compiled by Aurindom Mukherjee and Prateek Kumar in Bangalore)