September 15, 2017 / 10:15 AM / a year ago

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Thyssenkrupp, easyJet, Horizon Pharma, Intrum Justitia; Updates PPC, Mandarin Oriental)

Sept 15 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:

** Specialty drugmaker Horizon Pharma PLC is working with investment bank Morgan Stanley to review strategic options for its primary care drugs business, including a potential sale of the unit, people familiar with the matter said.

** Lindorff/Intrum Justitia would be interested in buying an Italian bank’s debt collection business to expand in the country, the head of the Scandinavian group’s Italian unit said.

** British budget airline easyJet has bid for parts of Air Berlin’s short haul business, the company said, joining Lufthansa and others in pursuit of the insolvent airline’s assets.

** Labour representatives warned of the dangers of a break-up of Thyssenkrupp, one of the alternatives to a merger of the German group’s European steel operations with those of Tata Steel.

** PPC, South Africa’s biggest cement producer, said it expected Canada’s Fairfax Africa Investments to raise its 9.2 billion-rand ($700 million) takeover offer.

** Specialty chemicals maker Clariant’s proposed merger with U.S.-based Huntsman may catapult the combined company into Switzerland’s blue-chip Swiss Market Index, lifting its appeal for funds focusing on the largest Swiss companies.

** Singapore’s Mandarin Oriental International Ltd said it had received bids for The Excelsior hotel in Hong Kong, with a media report suggesting that the iconic property could be valued at up to HK$34.2 billion ($4.38 billion).

** Hong Kong-based insurance giant AIA Group Ltd has shown interest in buying Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s insurance business, which is likely to be valued at about $4 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.

** Insolvent German airline Air Berlin has received several offers for its assets which will now be assessed, a spokesman for the carrier told Reuters TV.

** Lufthansa and several other parties have bid for parts of insolvent Air Berlin by a Friday deadline as administrators look for investors for Germany’s second largest airline.

** German online pharmacy Shop Apotheke said it is currently not in talks to be bought by Inc, denying an earlier report by trade publication Apotheke Adhoc.

** German family-owned logistics company Zeitfracht said it was submitting an offer for Air Berlin assets that it expects would secure around 1,000 jobs at the insolvent German airline.

** Media scion Lachlan Murdoch made a revised offer for Ten Network Holdings Ltd, a day after Australia’s senate voted to lift a ban on the ownership of multiple types of media assets, allowing him to challenge U.S. suitor CBS Corp.

** Inc is interested in buying German online pharmacy Shop Apotheke, trade publication Apotheke Adhoc reported.

** Russian lenders Promsvyazbank and Vozrozhdenie plan to merge next month, Vozrozhdenie said in a regulatory filing.

** Nestle has bought a majority stake in California-based Blue Bottle Coffee, marking a first step by the packaged coffee leader into the hipster world of speciality bars that serve high-end, single-origin and cold brewed coffees.

** British sportswear retailer JD Sports Fashion said it had continued its global expansion with a joint venture deal to enter the South Korean market.

** Eurobank is in talks with Banca Transilvania to sell its subsidiaries in Romania as part of a restructuring plan agreed by Greece’s third largest lender with European Union authorities.

** JD Finance, a unit of China’s No.2 e-commerce firm , is in talks to buy a 24 percent stake worth about $1.5 billion in domestic brokerage First Capital Securities Co Ltd , people with knowledge of the matter said.

** Bain Capital, now in the lead to buy Toshiba Corp’s prized memory chip unit, said it has brought in Dell Inc and other tech firms as new members of its consortium to bolster its bid.

** France’s Engie SA has received final bids from Chinese-owned Alinta Energy and private Australian firm Delta Electricity for its Loy Yang B coal-fired power plant in Australia, two people familiar with the process said.

** “Moneyball” baseball executive Billy Beane is joining a consortium, including Chinese businessman Chien Lee and American investor Paul Conway, to acquire English soccer club Barnsley, a source close to the matter told Reuters. (Compiled by Laharee Chatterjee and Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru)

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