(Adds CK Hutchison, Sage Group; Updates Air France-KLM)
Sept 9 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:
** CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd is weighing a combination of its Indonesian telecommunications business with that of Malaysia’s Axiata Group Bhd, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
** British software company Sage Group Plc said it is evaluating a possible sale of Sage Pay, the company’s payment processing unit.
** Air France-KLM shares fell sharply as it emerged as a bidder for bankrupt French-based budget carrier Aigle Azur, which left 19,000 passengers stranded when it abruptly halted operations.
** Billionaire investor John Paulson’s hedge fund opposed Callon Petroleum Co’s proposed $3.2 billion acquisition of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc, and urged the company to instead consider selling itself.
** Qatar has shortlisted international oil firms for a stake in its expanded North Field megaproject, Qatar Petroleum’s chief executive told Reuters, but may still choose to go it alone unless majors offer it significant value.
** Italy’s Snam is working on a bid for a stake in a $6 billion natural gas pipeline in the United States in what would be the gas group’s first foray outside Europe, four sources told Reuters.
** Adevinta’s French unit Leboncoin has agreed to buy Argus Group for an undisclosed amount, boosting its position as an online market place for second-hand cars in France, the Norwegian company said.
** Eddie Stobart Logistics Plc said its third largest shareholder DBAY Advisors Limited has made a preliminary expression of interest to buy the firm, which has been grappling with issues that have led to a shake-up of the top level management.
** Shares in Britain’s Intu Properties surged as much as 22% on speculation a private equity group could buy out the shopping centre operator, which has been hit by high-profile retail failures and a hefty debt burden.
** Tokyo Century Corp said it would will turn U.S. aircraft leasing firm Aviation Capital Group into a wholly owned subsidiary by buying the 75.5% stake it does not already own for about $3 billion from Pacific Life Insurance Co.
** Finland’s Kone has hired German law firm Hengeler Mueller ahead of a planned takeover bid for Thyssenkrupp’s elevator division, two people familiar with the matter said.
** Kenyan lender Equity Group said it was in talks with some of Banqué Commerciale du Congo’s (BCDC) shareholders to buy a controlling stake for cash, stepping up its expansion in Africa.
** Russian state lender VTB denied a report it was in talks with Chinese companies about a possible investment in EN+, which manages the energy and aluminium assets previously controlled by tycoon Oleg Deripaska.
** Czech utility CEZ kicked off the sale of its Romanian assets, calling for potential bidders to state their interest for a tender by Sept. 25.
** British carrier easyJet has expressed an interest in collapsed airline Aigle Azur’s operations at Paris Orly airport, a spokesman said. (Compiled by Manojna Maddipatla and Bharath Manjesh in Bengaluru)
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