Dec 31 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 1430 GMT on Monday:
** A group of private equity firms, including the Carlyle
Group, struck a deal to buy financial advisory and
investment banking firm Duff & Phelps Corp for about $665.5
** Taiwan's Chinatrust Commercial Bank is in
talks with U.S. investment fund Lone Star Funds and other
shareholders of Tokyo Star Bank to take over the Japanese lender
for some 50 billion yen ($580.8 million), Japanese media
** Spanish utility Iberdrola is selling its French
wind park unit to a consortium including General Electric
for about 400 million euros ($529 million) in its drive to cut
debt and keep an investment grade credit rating.
** The German government is close to completing a 100
million-euro ($132.2 million) arms deal with Saudi Arabia to
sell 30 armored vehicles, and Berlin's national security council
has already signaled its backing, Bild am Sonntag newspaper
** China Merchants Holdings (International) Co Ltd
said it will buy a 23.5 percent stake in Port de Djibouti S.A.
for $185 million, its third port investment in Africa after
Lagos in Nigeria and Lome in Togo.
** Carlo Tassara Group, former majority owner of Polish bank
Alior, is expected to name advisors this week to sell
its remaining stake in the company, Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper