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

jueves 18 de septiembre de 2008 22:07 CEST

(Updates Morgan Stanley and HBOS, adds Alitalia, Constellation Energy and others)

Sept 18 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday.

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

** Italian airline Alitalia AZPIa.MI faced the prospect of liquidation after a business group that had mounted a rescue bid withdrew its offer, citing union opposition.

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** Constellation Energy Group Inc CEG.N agreed to sell itself to a unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N: Cotización) (BRKb.N: Cotización) for about $4.7 billion in cash after investor fears about its liquidity cut its value by nearly 60 percent. [ID:nN18377942]

** Morgan Stanley (MS.N: Cotización), its shares and bonds battered by anxious investors, is in talks to sell a larger equity stake to China Investment Corp at the same time it's in merger talks with Wachovia Corp WB.N and other banks, a person familiar with the firm's plans said. [ID:nN18387625]

** Lloyds TSB (LLOY.L: Cotización) rescued Britain's biggest mortgage lender HBOS Plc HBOS.L in a $22 billion takeover as the government swept aside competition rules to ease the deal through. [ID:nLI311934]

** French power group EDF (EDF.PA: Cotización) is close to a deal to buy British Energy BGY.L that would secure its expansion and Britain's nuclear power future, without making big new concessions, EDF sources said. [ID:nLI715578]   Continuación...