Sept 13 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,
acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:
** Occidental Petroleum Corp is looking to sell 40
percent of its Middle East operations for $8 billion, Bloomberg
reported on Friday, as Oxy seeks investment in the unit as part
of a broader plan to split up the company.
** Germany's Rhoen-Klinikum AG is to sell most of
its hospitals to rival Fresenius SE for 3.07 billion
euros ($4.1 billion), in an attempt by Rhoen's founder, Eugen
Muench, to outflank opponents to an outright sale of the
** Fiat SpA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said
he did not think the Italian carmaker was getting any closer to
an agreement to buy the remaining stake in its U.S. unit
** Repurchasing L'Oreal's 9 percent stake in
Sanofi SA might make sense for the French drugmaker if
the $12 billion holding is put up for sale, Sanofi's chief
executive said on Friday.
** Russian tycoon Suleiman Kerimov is selling his stake in
potash producer Uralkali to investor Vladimir Kogan
for $3.7 billion, a prominent Russian lawyer and news agencies
said on Friday.
** ViroPharma Inc, a drug maker that specializes in
rare diseases, has attracted interest from Sanofi SA
and Shire PLC, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
** Royal Dutch Shell and India's ONGC
plan to exercise their pre-emption rights to buy a 35 percent
stake in a Brazilian oil block that Brazil's Petrobras had
planned to sell to China's Sinochem Group, two sources said.
* Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR)
has sold its 11 percent stake in Danish telecoms firm
TDC for $744 million, taking advantage of a recent
surge in telecoms stocks to make a long-expected exit from the
** China's largest technology outsourcing company, Pactera
Technology International Ltd, said it received a lower
offer to be taken private by Blackstone Group LP and the
** Austria's Uniqa Insurance said it agreed to
sell a portfolio of private equity funds with a total volume of
around 400 million euros ($532 million) to a number of
** Brazilian private education network Estacio Participacoes
is buying Uniseb for 615.3 million reais ($227.89
million), the latest takeover in Brazil's thriving education
sector, according to a filing on Thursday.
** Fixed income trading platform Tradeweb Markets said on
Thursday that it has signed an agreement to acquire BondDesk
Group LLC, a provider of retail fixed income wealth management
and trading technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
** Private equity firm Advent International and an Asian
partner CDIB Capital said they have agreed to take a large stake
in The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a coffee and tea retailer and
cafe chain. Boston-based Advent declined to disclose the size of
the investment it had made in the privately held chain along
with CDIB Capital.
** German group M+W Group said it did not intend to make an
offer for British oil and gas construction firm Kentz Corp
on Friday, a day after rival bidder Amec
pulled out of the competition.
** Italy's stock market regulator Consob said it has started
a procedure that is likely to force bidders for Camfin
, the holding company that controls tire maker Pirelli
, to increase their bid price.
** Austria's Voestalpine has agreed to sell its stake in
commodity trader VA Intertrading for a low double-digit
million-euro price to a company owned by Ukrainian billionaire
Kostyantin Zhevago. Voestalpine said it would immediately sell
30 percent of VA Intertrading to Zhevago's Falexco, with its
remaining 8 percent stake to follow in the next three years.
** Financial management software maker Censof Holdings Bhd
announced it won the bid to buy Malaysia state
investor Khazanah Nasional Bhd's entire stake in Time
Engineering Bhd for 69.8 million ringgit ($21.30
** Dixons Retail, Europe's second-biggest
electrical goods retailer, said on Friday it wanted to merge its
loss-making UniEuro business in Italy in a deal similar in
structure to one completed by rival Darty in March.