Deals of the day Mergers and acquisitions

Dec 16 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday:

** Canada's Bank of Montreal has expressed interest in buying the U.S. arm of French bank BNP Paribas SA (BNPP.PA), Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter. read more

** Media company Warner Music Group (WMG.O) said it had acquired 300 Entertainment, the music label behind artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, Fetty Wap and Mary J. Blige. read more

** Britain's competition watchdog said a UK telecom tower deal between Spain's Cellnex (CLNX.MC) and Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison (0001.HK) may raise "significant competition concerns" and risked higher mobile charges. read more

** Italian banks that own ailing peer Carige (CRGI.MI) rejected a costly takeover proposal by BPER Banca (EMII.MI), two people with knowledge of the matter said. read more

** Leonardo DiCaprio-backed Rubicon Technologies, a software maker for waste and recycling solutions, agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check firm Founder SPAC (FOUN.O) in a deal valuing the combined company at about $2 billion. read more

** Earthstone Energy Inc (ESTE.N) said it would buy the assets of Warburg Pincus-backed Chisholm Energy Holdings LLC located in the northern Delaware Basin of New Mexico in a $604 million cash-and-stock deal, as the oil and gas producer beefs up its presence in the Permian. read more

** Brazilian car rental provider Movida Participacoes SA (MOVI3.SA) announced it had acquired fleet management company Marbor Frotas Corporativas for 130 million reais ($22.91 million).

** Russian retailer Lenta will issue new shares worth around 25.6 billion roubles ($349 million), it said, as it plans to buy online peer Utkonos in an expansion push focused on internet users. read more

** Facebook is set to gain EU antitrust approval for its acquisition of Kustomer after offering remedies that allow rival products to function with those of the U.S. customer service startup, people familiar with the matter said. read more

** Tiger Global-backed Byju's is in talks for a U.S. listing through a deal with veteran dealmaker Michael Klein's blank-check firm that could value the Indian edtech firm at $48 billion, a source told Reuters. read more

** Embracer (EMBRACb.ST) said late on Wednesday it was buying French board games publisher Asmodee from private equity firm PAI Partners in a deal valued at 2.75 billion euros ($3.11 billion) to cement its position as the largest European gaming group. read more

** British fund manager Schroders (SDR.L) said it was in advanced talks to buy a significant stake in renewables investment firm Greencoat Capital. read more

** Swiss bank Vontobel said it signed an agreement to purchase UBS Swiss Financial Advisers AG (SFA), a Zurich-based subsidiary of UBS AG (UBSG.S), to boost its wealth management business for U.S. clients. read more

** Private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC has approached MoneyGram International Inc (MGI.O), one of the world's largest money transfer companies, with an acquisition offer, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. read more

** Australian nickel and lithium miner IGO Ltd (IGO.AX) will acquire nickel producer Western Areas (WSA.AX) in an all-cash deal valued at A$1.10 billion ($785.17 million), the companies said.

Compiled by Rajarshi Roy, Amruta Khandekard and Niket Nishant in Bengaluru

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