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

jueves 17 de enero de 2008 21:55 CET

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Jan 17 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Wednesday.

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

** Shares of Asiana Airlines 020560.KQ jumped as much as 10.5 percent as its parent group looked set to be named top bidder for Korea Express (000120.KS: Cotización), South Korea's top logistics company.

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** Brazilian mining company MMX Mineracao (MMXM3.SA: Cotización) (XMM.TO: Cotización), controlled by billionaire Eike Batista, said it is in exclusive talks to sell part of the company to mining group Anglo American (AAL.L: Cotización) for $5.5 billion. [nN17195830]

** Mining group Anglo American Plc (AAL.L: Cotización) is in talks to buy control of two Brazilian iron ore projects owned by MMX Mineracao (MMXM3.SA: Cotización) (XMM.TO: Cotización) for around $5.5 billion to boost exposure by fivefold to a commodity with buoyant prospects, Anglo said. [nL17808297]

** AMP New Zealand Office Trust Ltd APT.NZ said a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority would take a 19.9 percent stake in the company at a cost of NZ$178.2 million ($137.1 million). [nWLF000702]

** Allegiance Mining Ltd AGM.AX has rejected a takeover bid of up to $654 million from fellow Australian miner Zinifex Ltd ZFX.AX, saying the offer was inadequate. [nSYD273641]   Continuación...