June 7, 2011 / 4:44 AM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 2-Market Chatter -- Corporate finance press digest

(Adds Sberbank)

BANGALORE, June 7 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported on Tuesday:

* Russian lender Sberbank SBER03.MM plans to bid up to 750 million euros ($1.1 billion) for Volksbanken International, Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported, citing two Russian sources close to Sberbank. [ID:nLDE7560EM]

* BP (BP.L) is preparing to sell half its 50 percent stake in Russia’s third-largest oil producer TNK-BP TNBP.MM to state-controlled Rosneft (ROSN.MM), the Wall Street Journal reported. [ID:nLDE756084]

* General Electric (GE.N) and Capital One Financial Corp (COF.N) have submitted bids for ING’s ING.AS U.S. online banking operations in a deal worth about $9 billion, Bloomberg reported. [ID:nLDE75607J]

* Irish Life & Permanent IPM.I has received expressions of interest in its life business from trade buyers in North America, The Irish Times reported without citing any sources. [ID:nLDE75607R]

* Shares of medical diagnostics test maker Gen-Probe (GPRO.O) were down 12 percent after a report said Swiss drugmaker Novartis NOVN.VX appeared to be the last bidder for the company and suggested a deal might not go through at all. [ID:nN06300690]

* French retailer and luxury goods giant PPR (PRTP.PA) is in talks to make a large acquisition in the luxury sector, La Tribune reported, citing an unnamed internal source. [ID:nLDE7552GR]

* Maple Group Acquisition Corp, which has gone hostile with its $3.7 billion offer for Toronto Stock Exchange operator TMX Group (X.TO), is in talks to add at least three other financial-services companies to its consortium, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. [ID:nL3E7H703A]

* Tata Global Beverages (TAGL.NS), the world’s second-biggest tea group, is in talks to sell about 20 percent in its international operations to a strategic investor and expects to close a deal in the next few months, the Financial Times reported. [ID:nL3E7H70BP]

* Canadian oil sands firm Sunshine Oilsands Ltd aims to raise $1 billion in an initial public offering in Hong Kong, Ming Pao daily reported citing market sources. [ID:nL3E7H708T]

Deals of the day: [DEALS/]

Compiled by Anne Pallivathuckal in Bangalore; Editing by David Holmes and Dan Lalor

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