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

viernes 28 de noviembre de 2008 19:41 CET

(Adds Calyon, Belgacom and others)

Nov 28 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, North American and Asian companies were reported by 1830 GMT on Friday.

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

** Britain bought a 58 percent stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L: Cotización) as the state picked up 15 billion pounds ($23 billion) of shares in the lender after investors shunned a rescue plan.

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** Britain's government bought a majority stake in one of the country's biggest banks and Germany's Commerzbank (CBKG.DE: Cotización) accelerated its takeover of a rival as the shake-up of European banks gathered pace with help from taxpayers and shareholders. [ID:nLS291061]

** Australian wheat exporter AWB Ltd AWB.AX said it is in merger talks with rival ABB Grain Ltd ABB.AX, with a deal likely to create the nation's largest wheat and barley exporter with a market value of over $1.4 billion. [ID:nSYD126535]

** Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme said that a serious candidate had emerged to buy the Luxembourg arm of troubled Icelandic bank Kaupthing KAUP.IC, with a decision due in a week. [ID:nLS698573]

** Aurum Mining Plc AURU.L said it rejected proposals from potential business partners and buyers and was seeking authority to cancel its share premium account, which would enable a future return of cash to shareholders, sending its shares up 6 percent in early trade. [ID:nBNG366464]   Continuación...