January 29, 2010 / 5:37 AM / 10 years ago

Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

Jan 29 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 0530 GMT on Friday.

(For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK/])

** OCBC (OCBC.SI), Singapore’s second-biggest lender, said it has completed a deal to buy Dutch-based ING Group’s ING.AS Asian private banking unit. To read more, please double click on [ID:nSGE60S068]

** Brazilian mining giant Vale VALE5.SA (VALE.N) said it entered into an option contract with Yara Brasil Fertilizantes, giving it the right to buy Yara’s shares in two other firms, Fosfertil FFTL4.SA and Fertifos. [ID:nN29130110]

** Global mining giant BHP Billiton (BHP.AX) BLT.L said it has agreed to buy Canadian potash explorer Athabasca Potash API.TO for C$341 million ($323 million) in cash, expanding its asset base in the potash-rich Canadian province of Saskatchewan. [ID:nLDE60R1SH] (Compiled by Tina Kwan in Singapore)

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