(Adds Audi, Casino)
March 14 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1330 GMT on Thursday:
** Volkswagen’s premium brand Audi is reviewing whether to raise its stake in its Chinese joint venture partner companies, the premium brand’s China chief Alexander Seitz said.
** French retailer Casino, battling investor concerns over its high debt, vowed to boost profits and cash flow in its core French market and sell off more assets under a three-year strategy plan.
** E.ON’s planned acquisition of the retail and network activities of RWE unit Innogy could take longer should Britain leave the European Union without a deal, RWE’s chief executive officer said.
** Australian property developer Villa World Ltd said it had received a A$279.1 million ($197.02 million) conditional takeover offer from U.S.-based AVID Property Group Australia Pty Ltd.
** Russia’s state bank VTB has reached an agreement to transfer its 25 percent stake in Russian-Venezuelan lender Evrofinance Mosnarbank, that is under U.S. sanctions, to the Russian state for free, VTB Chief Executive Officer Andrei Kostin said.
** Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s company Crispian has no plans at the moment to sell a further stake in mining giant Norilsk Nickel, Interfax news agency cited Crispian co-owner Vladimir Abramov as saying.
** Charter Court Financial and OneSavings are set to create one of Britain’s biggest specialist lenders in a merger that will bolster their defences in the face of uncertainty brought on by Brexit.
** Equitrans Midstream Corp said its unit will buy a stake in two pipeline systems in Ohio and West Virginia from a fund managed by Morgan Stanley, in a deal worth $1.03 billion. (Compiled by Aakash Jagadeesh Babu in Bengaluru)