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

miércoles 19 de noviembre de 2008 22:00 CET

(Adds Microsoft, Impala, Alitalia and others)

Nov 19 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, North American and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Wednesday.

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

** Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Cotización) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer ruled out an acquisition of Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Cotización) on Wednesday but said his company was interested in resuming talks on a Web search partnership.

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** German solar energy company SolarWorld SWVG.DE has made a serious offer to General Motors (GM.N: Cotización) for its German unit Adam Opel and is awaiting a response, SolarWorld Chief Executive Frank Asbeck told Reuters in Berlin. [ID:nBAT002514]

** Impala Platinum (IMPJ.J: Cotización) will not proceed with a 22 billion rand ($2.14 billion) deal to buy Mvelaphanda Resources (Mvela) MVLJ.J and Northam Platinum (NHMJ.J: Cotización) under proposed terms, but the firms are still in talks. [ID:nLJ456362]

** The Italian government has agreed to sell Alitalia's assets to a group of Italian businessmen at a sweetened price, paving the way for the relaunch of the bankrupt carrier in private hands after a two-year hunt for a buyer. [ID:nLJ631928]

** Struggling sweets-to-CDs retailer Woolworths WLW.L is in talks to sell its high-street business to company restructuring specialist Hilco for a nominal sum, illustrating the pain being felt by British store groups as they grapple with the economic downturn. [ID:nLJ341168]   Continuación...