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

lunes 6 de octubre de 2008 22:01 CEST

(Adds Bank of Nova Scotia, RiskMetrics and others)

Oct 6 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday. (For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK\] )

** BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA: Cotización) agreed to scoop up assets in Belgium and Luxembourg of banking and insurance group Fortis FOR.BR for 14.5 billion euros ($20.1 billion) to become the euro zone's biggest deposit bank.

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** Eli Lilly and Co (LLY.N: Cotización) agreed to acquire ImClone Systems Inc IMCL.O for $6.5 billion, potentially bringing to a close one of the most colorful corporate sagas in biotech history. [ID:nN06297367]

** Nomura Holdings (8604.T: Cotización), Japan's largest broker, said it would buy the Indian back-office units of collapsed U.S investment bank Lehman Brothers LEHMQ.PK for an undisclosed sum. [ID:nBOM31503]

** Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Cotización) said it will buy Sun Life Financial's (SLF.TO: Cotización) stake in fund manager CI Financial CIX_u.TO for C$2.3 billion ($2.1 billion), boosting the bank's wealth management operations and providing Sun Life with cash to go after acquisitions. [ID:nN06280146]

** The Australian unit of H.J. Heinz Co HNZ.N will buy food producer Golden Circle Ltd in a deal valuing the canned fruit and juice producer at about A$288 million ($220 million), the companies said. [ID:nSYD374380]

** RiskMetrics Group Inc RMG.N, which advises companies on how to navigate risk, acquired U.K.-based Applied4 Technology Ltd to expand into the area of performance attribution. [ID:nBNG276434]   Continuación...