UPDATE 1-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

lunes 18 de febrero de 2008 11:23 CET

(Adds Dalkia, 3i Infrastructure, Ericsson and others)

Feb 18 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 1000 GMT on Monday.

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

** Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI: Cotización) said that its offer to buy a stake in China Eastern Airlines was still valid, but said it had no plans to revise its existing bid for the mainland carrier.

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** South Korea's Hana Financial Group said it may buy shares in Merrill Lynch MER.N from Singapore fund Temasek, in a move which would raise Hana's global profile and spread Temasek's risks from overseas deals. [nSIN18796]

** France's Dalkia, a unit of Veolia Environment (VIE.PA: Cotización) and EDF (EDF.PA: Cotización), said it owned 97.9 percent of Polish energy group Praterm PRAT.WA after making a 142 million euro ($208.5 million) takeover offer. [nL18324592]

** British investment group 3i Infrastructure (3IN.L: Cotización) said it is behind a takeover approach for UK wind-farm developer Novera NOEN.L. Earlier, Novera had said that it received a takeover approach that may lead to a cash offer at 90 pence a share, or 112 million pounds ($220.1 million). [nL18388680]

** U.S. investment bank Bear Stearns Co Inc BSC.N took its first step in Australia as its private equity arm agreed to buy Macquarie Private Capital Group MPG.AX for A$115.5 million ($105 million) in cash. [nSYD31352]   Continuación...