(Adds Hong Kong Holdings, Abbott Laboratories, Armonia and
Dec 22 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday:
** Oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp said
it would sell certain natural gas assets in the Marcellus shale
for about $1.24 billion to a unit of Alta Resources Development
** Private equity firm Berkshire Partners LLC said on
Wednesday it would acquire a significant minority stake in
Kendra Scott Design Inc, in a deal that sources said values the
Austin, Texas-based jewelry company at more than $1 billion.
** Altice, the parent of French telecoms firm SFR
Group, said it agreed to sell its businesses in
Belgium and Luxembourg to Telenet Group for an
enterprise value of 400 million euros ($418 million).
** Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co said it has
agreed to sell a part of its stake in the Marcellus shale gas
project in the United States to Alta Resources Development for
** Belgium's Ontex Group NV is in advanced talks
to buy the diapers business of Hypermarcas SA,
Brazil's most diversified pharmaceutical firm, the companies
** UBS France is to buy the local private banking
arm of Italy's Banca Leonardo, the latest instance of
consolidation in the private banking industry, which is having
to contend with rising regulatory costs and a pressure on fees.
** The Thai unit of Standard Chartered has agreed
to transfer its retail banking business to TISCO Bank PCL and
All-Ways Co, as the UK lender's chief executive, Bill Winters,
continues with restructuring to boost earnings.
** Zain Saudi is in talks to sell its mobile
transmitter towers to a consortium comprised of TASC SAL and
ACWA Holding IPO-ACWA.SE, Saudi Arabia's No. 3 telecom by
revenue said in a bourse statement.
** A consortium led by three Chinese exchanges has offered
28 rupees ($0.27) per share to buy a 40 percent stake in the
Pakistan Stock Exchange, according to a statement and the
bourse's top official.
** BOC Hong Kong Holdings Ltd, a unit of Bank of
China Ltd, has agreed to sell a majority stake in
Chiyu Bank for HK$7.7 billion ($992 million), as part of its
plan to invest in new markets mainly in Southeast Asia.
** U.S. antitrust enforcers are poised to approve health
care company Abbott Laboratories' purchase of medical
device maker St. Jude Medical Inc, two sources with
knowledge of the deal said.
** Italian private equity firm Armonia has bought a majority
stake in high-end clothing brand Aspesi and appointed as
Aspesi's chief executive, Fabio Gnocchi, the former commercial
head at rival Brunello Cucinelli.
** Private-equity firm Blackstone Group LP is in
talks to buy a stake in assets owned by Energy Transfer Partners
LP, the company building the controversial Dakota Access
pipeline, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday.
(Compiled by Komal Khettry and Divya Grover in Bengaluru)