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

jueves 30 de octubre de 2008 20:53 CET

(Updates Alitalia, adds Porshe, ICE and others)

Oct 30 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday.

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

** Top miner BHP Billiton Ltd's (BHP.AX: Cotización) chief executive ruled out adding a cash sweetener to its all-share $69 billion offer for rival Rio Tinto Ltd (RIO.AX: Cotización), saying financial turmoil hitting commodity markets was no reason to change.

To read more, please double-click on [ID:nSYD147970]

** The 2 billion pound purchase of UK train leasing company Porterbrook by a consortium of investors is being backed by a financing package of around 1.5 billion pounds ($2.4 billion), banking sources said.

The consortium that has acquired Porterbrook from Abbey comprises Antin Infrastructure Partners -- an infrastructure fund sponsored by BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA: Cotización) -- Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE: Cotización) and Lloyds TSB (LLOY.L: Cotización). [ID:nLU689672]

** Norway's biggest banking group DnB NOR DNBNOR.OL is not interested in acquiring Swedish investment bank Carnegie CAR.ST or remnants of Icelandic bank Kaupthing in Sweden, DnB's chief financial officer said. [ID:nOSN001681]

** Spanish savings bank BBK and Kutxa, another regional bank based in the Basque Country have agreed to merge, BBK said on Thursday in a deal that had been expected. [ID:nMDT005747]   Continuación...