UPDATE 2-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

jueves 10 de enero de 2008 22:03 CET

(Adds Scottish & Newcastle, Pope & Talbot and others)

Jan 10 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday.

(For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK/])

** Private equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX.N: Cotización) said it would buy hedge fund GSO Capital Partners LP for up to $930 million in cash and stock, scooping up a mid-sized lender at a time when Wall Street banks' loan operations remain pressured by the credit crunch.

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** Invitrogen Corp IVGN.O said it would buy privately held CellzDirect Inc for $57 million. [nWNAS6137]

** Israeli real estate investment firm Gazit-Globe Ltd GLOB.TA said it bought a shopping centre in Sao Paulo for $31.3 million, its first entry into the Brazilian market. [nL10525572]

** The Trinidad and Tobago government sold its 80 percent shareholding in a state energy firm to U.S. independent energy company EOG Resources (EOG.N: Cotización) for $20 million, Energy Minister Conrad Enill said. [nN10212186]

** Britain's biggest brewer, Scottish & Newcastle Plc SCTN.L, rejected a raised bid from Carlsberg and Heineken at 780 pence a share, or 7.6 billion pounds ($14.9 billion), and said it would talk only if the offer was at least 800p, heightening the prospect of the bid failing. [nL10390058]   Continuación...