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

viernes 3 de octubre de 2008 22:07 CEST

(Updates Wachovia, UST; adds Cleveland-Cliffs and others)

Oct 3 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday. (For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK\] )

** Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N: Cotización) said it would buy Wachovia Corp WB.N for about $16 billion, apparently besting a government-backed Citigroup Inc (C.N: Cotización) bid for some of the bank's assets, in a deal that would catapult Wells Fargo into the ranks of the leading national consumer banks.

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** The Dutch government nationalised the banking and insurance activities of Fortis FOR.BR FOR.AS in the Netherlands after the troubled financial services company hit an acute cash crunch. [ID:nL3713090]

** Ukraine-focused oil and gas explorer Regal Petroleum (RPT.L: Cotización) denied newspaper reports that it had received a $1.2 billion takeover approach from oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Cotización). [ID:nL3553726]

** Altria Group Inc (MO.N: Cotización) said it may hold off on closing its $10.4 billion purchase of UST Inc (UST.N: Cotización) until early January because its lenders advised that it would be better to close the deal in 2009. [ID:nN03327058]

** Billionaire Oleg Deripaska has divested his 20 percent stake in Canadian auto parts maker Magna MGa.TO as the global financial crisis deals its first major blow to the business empire of Russia's richest man. [ID:nL3629815]

** Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (8306.T: Cotización) will consider merging its securities arm with Morgan Stanley's (MS.N: Cotización) Japan business, as Tokyo's biggest lender looks to capitalize on its $9 billion Wall Street investment. [ID:nT342492]   Continuación...