(Adds GTCR, Holcim, Banco Bradesco, Bouygues, Carillion,
Aug 4 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:
** Roche said on Monday it will buy Santaris
Pharma, a privately held Danish biotech company that has
developed a new designer molecule, for up to $450 million in
** Private equity firm GTCR LLC is looking to sell home
security company Protection 1 for more than $1.5 billion and has
tapped Morgan Stanley to assist with the effort,
according to people familiar with the matter.
** Bouygues said on Monday that no third party had
made an offer for its telecoms business, days after rival Iliad
revealed a surprise $15 billion bid for T-Mobile US.
Bouygues said it issued the comments in response to what it
said were "recent statements in the press".
** British construction company Carillion is
planning to approach investors who also have stakes in Balfour
Beatty in the hopes of reviving merger talks to buy the
company, the Times reported on Monday.
** Deutsche Telekom has serious doubts about the
overall attractiveness of a bid by French telecom group Iliad
for its U.S. mobile unit, despite lower regulatory
hurdles than a rival offer, said two people close to the
** Private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC said on Monday it
had agreed to invest up to $600 million in equity in Zenith
Energy, a developer and operator of terminals that store and
distribute petroleum, natural gas liquids and petrochemicals.
** The European Commission has cleared Siemens AG's
acquisition of Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc's
aero-derivative gas turbine business, compressor activities and
aftermarket services, as well as Rolls Royce's 50 percent stake
in Rolls Wood Group.
** Holcim Ltd and Lafarge <SA LAFP.PA> gave
details on Monday of the activities they plan to offload in
Brazil in order to gain antitrust approval for their merger to
create the world's largest cement maker.
** Banco Bradesco SA plans to write down its 356
million-reais ($158 million) stake in Portugal's Banco Espírito
Santo SA BES.LS, which the Portuguese government rescued over
the weekend, the Brazilian bank said on Monday.
** Activist investor Marcato Capital Management has hired an
investment bank to advise it on strategy at InterContinental
Hotels Group Plc, three months after reports the firm
had rebuffed a 6 billion pounds ($10 billion) takeover bid.
** Global Logistic Properties Ltd is to buy a 15.3
percent stake in China's largest state-owned warehouse logistics
company for 2 billion yuan ($324 million), and the two firms
will form a joint venture, aiming to tap the warehouse industry
in China amid an online shopping boom.
** Medical device maker Symmetry Medical Inc said it
would sell its orthopedic device components business to
privately held Tecomet Inc for $450 million. Symmetry will then
transfer ownership of its remaining surgical instruments
business to its shareholders as a new company.
** Australia's Treasury Wine Estates Ltd is opening
its books to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co LP after the
private equity giant hiked its takeover offer to $3.15 billion,
raising the prospect of a bidding war for the world's No.2
** Oman National Investment Corp Holding said it
would discuss a possible merger with Oman International
Development and Investment Co at its next board
** German airport operator Fraport AG has bought a
U.S.-based manager of retail space at four U.S. airports as it
looks to expand its profitable retail operations and gain a
foothold in the United States.
** U.S. software firm Hyland Co raised its bid for peer
ReadSoft AB for a second time, valuing the Swedish
firm at 1.69 billion Swedish crowns ($245.5 million) and heating
up a bidding war with U.S. printer maker Lexmark International
** The chairman of Swedish software firm Readsoft AB
said on Monday both Hyland and Lexmark would make
good owners following a raised offer from Hyland, adding that it
was a matter of price.
** The Co-operative Group said it had agreed to
sell its farm business to charitable body the Wellcome Trust for
249 million pounds ($418.7 million).
** Billionaire Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd
is considering a bid for aircraft being sold by
private equity firm Terra Firma-owned lessor AWAS Aviation
Capital Ltd, a deal which sources said could be worth about $5
** Spanish bank Popular said it had agreed to a
preliminary deal to sell 51 percent of its stake in its credit
card business to U.S. investment management firm Varde Partners
** Shares in Australia's Horizon Oil Ltd slumped
after its merger with Roc Oil Co Ltd was trumped by
Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd, which
offered 69 Australian cents per share, a 10 percent premium to
Roc's close last Friday.
** Boutique investment bank Evercore Partners Inc
said on Sunday that it planned to buy the operating business of
ISI International Strategy & Investment, an independent
research-driven equity sales and agency trading firm.
** Trustees involved in JPMorgan Chase & Co's
proposed $4.5 billion settlement with investors in money-losing
mortgage bonds accepted the bank's offer on Friday for the vast
majority of the trusts holding the securities.
(Compiled by Amrutha Penumudi and Lehar Maan in Bangalore)