* Czech group has expressed interest, German peers declined
FRANKFURT, Nov 24 - Sweden's Vattenfall has mandated Citi to organise the sale of its lignite power plants and mines in Germany as it retrenches from past large-scale acquisitions that have sent it deep into the red, two people familiar with the situation said.
LONDON, Nov 24 - The secondary price of struggling French retailer Vivarte's loans have plunged to distressed levels and the company will meet lenders and shareholders before the end of the year to discuss its options, banking sources said on Monday.
(Adds American Tower, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Hulamin, BM&FBovespa, RenaissanceRe Holdings; updates BT Group, World Duty Free)
FRANKFURT, Nov 24 - Morgan Stanley has hired Oliver Behrens as country head for Germany, several people familiar with the situation said.
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Nov 24 - Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP is looking to raise about $5 billion for a fund that can hold stakes in companies for as long as 20 years, Bloomberg reported.
CAIRO, Nov 24 - Egypt's Beltone Financial Holding's unveiled a one-for-two stock dividend plan as part of a two-stage capital increase programme of up to 242 million Egyptian pounds ($33.9 million) to fund growth in its financial services business.
HELSINKI, Nov 24 - Finnish packaging company Huhtamaki, known for making paper cups for McDonald's , has agreed to sell its films business in a deal led by German private equity company Deutsche Beteiligungs AG for 141 million euros ($175 million).
(Corrects paragraph 6 to say SIG backed by Reynolds Group Holdings Limited not Reynolds American Inc)
MUMBAI - Kotak Mahindra Bank has agreed to buy ING Vysya in an all-share deal valuing its smaller rival at $2.4 billion, bulking up as analysts predict the start of long-awaited consolidation in a crowded banking sector.
NEW DELHI - The main opposition Congress party signalled on Monday it could support government legislation to liberalise the insurance industry, a long-delayed reform expected to help improve investor confidence.