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

jueves 19 de febrero de 2009 16:11 CET

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Feb 19 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 1430 GMT on Thursday.

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** Thai broker BFIT Securities BSEC.BK said it received a merger proposal from a Thai unit of Singapore's UOB Kay Hian Holdings Ltd (UOKH.SI: Cotización).

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** Consultancy firm Accenture Ltd (ACN.N: Cotización) has hired Duff & Phelps to advise on its possible acquisition of the Asia business of BearingPoint Inc BGPT.OB, two sources familiar with the matter said. [ID:nHKG237768]

** Swiss drugmaker Roche <ROG.VX sold a record $16 billion in debt to help finance a $42 billion hostile offer for Genentech DNA.N, drawing strong demand from investors hungry for high-quality bonds. [ID:nN18277908]

Spanish construction and energy group Acciona (ANA.MC: Cotización) is still in talks with Enel (ENEI.MI: Cotización) over the sale of its 25 percent stake in Endesa (ELE.MC: Cotización) to the Italian utility, an Acciona spokesman said. [ID:nMDT006100]

** RiskMetrics Group Inc RMG.N said it agreed to buy Innovest Strategic Value Advisors for about $16 million in cash to expand in environmental, social and governance research business. It sees the acquisition closing on March 2, and adding revenue of about $6.0 million in 2009. [ID:nBNG193109]   Continuación...