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

viernes 14 de marzo de 2008 14:36 CET

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March 14 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 1330 GMT on Friday. (For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK/])

** Russian steel makers Evraz Group HK1q.L and TMK (TRMKq.L: Cotización) agreed on Friday to pay a combined $4.025 billion to acquire IPSCO's North American plate and pipe businesses from Swedish steel firm SSAB (SSABa.ST: Cotización).

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** China's Ping An Insurance (2318.HK: Cotización) is in the final stage of talks to buy a major stake in the asset management arm of Belgian-Dutch financial group Fortis FOR.BR, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said. [nSHA304254]

** Finnish insurer Sampo SAMAS.HE said its P&C subsidiary If had agreed to buy Russian insurer SOAO Region. [nL14605094]

** Sichuan Airlines, a medium-sized Chinese carrier, is in talks with Taiwan's TransAsia Airways to set up a joint venture airline, a Sichuan Airlines spokeswoman said. [nSHA217085]

** Saudi Aramco is selling its 40 percent stake in the Philippines' top refiner Petron Corp (PCOR.PS: Cotización) to London-based investment fund Ashmore Group (ASHM.L: Cotización) for $550 million, Petron officials said. [nMAN79367]

** A Canadian pension fund won shareholders' approval for a $1.5 billion bid for 40 percent of New Zealand's Auckland International Airport Ltd (AIA.NZ: Cotización) but still faces the tougher hurdle of getting government clearance. [nWEL66425]   Continuación...