UPDATE 3-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

viernes 25 de enero de 2008 22:01 CET

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Jan 25 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Friday.

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

** Beer giants Carlsberg and Heineken finally agreed to buy rival Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) for 7.8 billion pounds ($15.3 billion) to carve up Britain's biggest brewer after a three-month takeover saga.

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** Citing pressure in the home-furnishings retail sector, Restoration Hardware Inc RSTO.O said it accepted a lower price for its management-led buyout and got a loan for working capital. [nWNAS7755]

** Hedge fund Elliott Management has bought 6.23 percent of Austria's SEZ SEZN.S, the target of a 641 million Swiss franc ($588.6 million) takeover bid by chip equipment maker Lam Research Corp (LRCX.O: Cotización). [nL2590833]

** Billionaire Wilbur Ross is in serious talks to take over Ambac Financial Group Inc ABK.N, according to a media report, but broader efforts to rescue the sector will take some time, a New York state regulator said. [nN25352763]

** Ukrainian billionaire Kostyantin Zhevago is in talks to buy a majority stake in Bulgaria's largest steelmaker Kremikovtzi KMKV.BB, its chief executive Alexander Tomov said. [nL25497206]   Continuación...