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

lunes 8 de septiembre de 2008 22:45 CEST

(Recasts, adds Lehman, Alberto-Culver, Talisman Energy and others)

Sept 8 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2030 GMT on Monday.

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

** Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc LEH.N shares tumbled as much as 19.6 percent after a report it is meeting with potential buyers of its Neuberger Berman asset management unit, and a widely-followed analyst said the investment bank's quarterly loss might grow.

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** Altria Group Inc (MO.N: Cotización) will buy UST Inc (UST.N: Cotización), the largest U.S. smokeless tobacco maker, for $10.4 billion to expand in a growing market as domestic cigarette sales steadily decline. [ID:nBNG239302]

** Australia's Origin Energy Ltd (ORG.AX: Cotización) struck a joint venture deal with U.S.-based ConocoPhillips (COP.N: Cotización) and promised an extra shareholder payout, a move that could either defeat an $11 billion bid from Britain's BG Group Plc BG.L or force a higher offer. [ID:nSYD297290]

** South Korea may give the go-ahead to HSBC's (HSBA.L: Cotización) $6.3 billion offer to buy control of Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) in the near future if it finds no faults with documents submitted by the companies involved, a regulator said. [ID:nSEO257493]

** French company Manitou (MANP.PA: Cotización) said it had agreed to take over U.S. construction equipment maker Gehl GEHL.O in a $331 million deal to raise Manitou's presence in American market. [ID:nL8277921]   Continuación...