Jan 28 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Friday:
** Chinese property developer Shimao Group (0813.HK) said it would sell a hotel in Shanghai to state-owned Shanghai Land Group for 4.5 billion yuan ($707.83 million), as it seeks to reduce its debt amid a crisis in the country's property sector. read more
** Flour Mills of Nigeria said it expects regulatory approval for its acquisition of a majority stake in rival Honeywell Flour Mills in the next few days.
** Illumina (ILMN.O) has offered to cut prices and continue to allow rivals access to its technologies in a bid to allay EU antitrust concerns about its proposed takeover of cancer detection test maker Grail (GRAL.O), a European Commission filing showed. read more
** ETAO International Group said it will go public through a merger with a blank-check company, in a deal that values the digital healthcare company at $2.5 billion. read more
** German chemicals maker Lanxess (LXSG.DE) is preparing a joint bid for Dutch rival DSM's (DSMN.AS) plastics business with investor Advent, Handelsblatt newspaper reported , citing sources familiar with the matter.
** Crystal Amber Fund, one of De La Rue's (DLAR.L) largest investors, has called on the British banknote printer to consider a sale or break-up after its profit warning, the Financial Times reported.
** UniCredit (CRDI.MI) will continue to study potential mergers and acquisitions after deciding against a Russian deal due to geopolitical risks but won't stray from plans to return billions in capital to shareholders, Chief Executive Andrea Orcel said. read more
** Capita Plc (CPI.L) said it would sell its IT services and solutions firm Trustmarque to private equity firm One Equity Partners for 111 million pounds ($148.64 million) as the British outsourcer shifts focus to its core businesses. read more
** Cineworld Group (CINE.L) said Canada's Cineplex Inc (CGX.TO) filed an appeal against its plea challenging an order the British cinema operator pay C$1.23 billion ($965.92 million) in damages to Cineplex for abandoning a planned takeover. read more
** DBS Group (DBSM.SI) has agreed to pay S$956 million ($706.6 million) for Citigroup's (C.N) consumer business in Taiwan, making the Singapore lender the largest foreign bank in Taiwan by assets as it shores up regional acquisitions to power growth. read more
** London-based online luxury fashion retailer Farfetch (FTCH.N) said it plans to purchase U.S.-based beauty retailer Violet Grey, marking its expansion into the cosmetics business with an eye to reaching younger consumers. read more
** Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) plans to take DouYu International Holdings Ltd private amid disagreements over strategy among executives at the Chinese videogame streaming firm, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said. read more
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