Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Credit Agricole, Adidas, WS Atkins, Fresenius,

Thessaloniki Port, Moelis, GE Power, Johnson & Johnson, Whole

Foods Market and NorthWest Healthcare Properties; Updates PPG

Industries and Jimmy Choo)

April 24 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,

acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:

** Government-controlled Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd (DAE)

is acquiring Dublin-based AWAS, the world's tenth biggest

aircraft lessor, in a deal that will add over 200 planes to its

fleet and more than double the size of its current

business.

** Goals Soccer Centres Plc, the five-a-side football

pitch operator, confirmed that it was in early discussions with

privately-owned Powerleague Group to explore possibilities of a

merger.

** British luxury retailer Jimmy Choo has put itself

up for sale to try to maximise shareholder value as majority

investor JAB increases its focus on consumer goods.

** Canada's Cenovus Energy Inc has said it may sell

parts of the Deep Basin natural gas assets it recently bought

from Houston-based ConocoPhillips, Royal Bank of Canada

(RBC) analysts wrote in a research note on Sunday.

** German pump maker Pfeiffer Vacuum said its

management and supervisory board advised shareholders not to

accept an improved takeover offer by rival Busch

Group.

** Janssen Holding GmbH, a Swiss subsidiary of Johnson &

Johnson, published the provisional notice of the end

result of its all-cash public tender offer in Switzerland to

acquire all publicly-held shares of Actelion Ltd.

** Top shareholders in Singapore telecoms company M1 Ltd

have approached potential buyers China Mobile

and global private equity firms, among others, to sell

their combined majority stake in the firm, sources familiar with

the matter said.

** U.S. medical equipment supplier Becton Dickinson and Co

will acquire C R Bard Inc, in a $24 billion

cash-and-stock deal, adding Bard's devices to its portfolio in

the high-growth sectors of oncology and surgery, both companies

said on Sunday.

** Air China Ltd has received the green

light from Beijing to push ahead with mixed-ownership reform of

its air freight logistics business, the firm said late on

Friday, signalling a potential shake-up of China's cargo carrier

market.

** Chevron Corp is selling its three Bangladesh gas

fields, worth an estimated $2 billion, to a Chinese consortium

as the U.S. oil and gas group looks to shed non-core assets this

year.

** RLJ Lodging Trust said it would buy peer FelCor

Lodging Trust Inc, making it one of the biggest U.S.

lodging real estate investment trusts.

** Dutch semiconductor equipment supplier ASM International

said it plans to reduce its stake in Asian affiliate

ASM Pacific Technology Ltd in a deal that may be worth

up to $277 million, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters.

** U.S. paint maker PPG Industries raised its proposed

offer for Akzo Nobel by about 8 percent to 26.9

billion euros ($28.8 billion), increasing the pressure on its

Dutch rival to enter into talks.

** General Electric is beefing up its additive

manufacturing business with an investment of more than 100

million euros ($109 million) in Germany and continues to be

alert for acquisition opportunities, the head of the business

said.

** South African wine and spirits maker Distell Group

said it would buy a 75 percent stake in the Cruz Vodka brand

from Blue Sky Brand Company.

** Buyout group BC Partners has sold German transformer maker

SGB-SMIT to peer investor One Equity Partners, after failing to

reach a deal to merge it with the power transformer unit of

French electrical components maker Schneider Electric.

** A buyout by Hong Kong's Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (CTFE) of

gas and electricity retailer Alinta Energy has been approved by

Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), clearing the

way for a deal said to be worth nearly A$4 billion ($3 billion).

** Canada's NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

offered to buy the rest of Australia's Generation Healthcare

REIT that it does not already own, valuing the company

at about A$491 million ($371 million).

** Johnson & Johnson, Novartis AG and Takeda

Pharmaceutical Co Ltd are in talks with the controlling

bloc of Brazilian drugmaker Hypermarcas SA for a

buyout, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

** GE Power, a division of General Electric Co, has

signed a services deal with a subsidiary of Algerian utility

Sonelgaz valued at more than $3 billion, the largest such

agreement ever for GE Power, GE said.

** Boutique investment bank Moelis & Co plans to expand

in India where it believes economic growth and corporate

restructuring will prolong a boom in dealmaking, the head of its

local business said.

** German private equity firm Deutsche Invest Equity Partners

was the highest bidder for a majority stake in Greece's

Thessaloniki Port with an offer of 231.9 million euros

($251.8 million), privatisation agency HRADF said.

** German healthcare conglomerate Fresenius SE & Co KGaA

is close to acquiring generic drugmaker Akorn Inc

in an all-cash deal valuing the company at more than $4

billion, people familiar with the matter said.

** U.S. activist investor Elliott Capital Advisors disclosed it

has taken a 6.8 percent stake in WS Atkins after the

British engineering and construction consultancy firm agreed to

be bought in a C$3.6 billion ($2.7 billion) deal.

** German sporting goods company Adidas and

engineering giant Siemens are teaming up to improve

the production of custom-made sportswear such as trainers and

speed up the process from design to finished goods.

** Credit Agricole is in talks with the Bank of Italy

and the country's Interbank Deposit Protection Fund to acquire

the Cesena, Rimini and San Miniato savings banks, the French

institution said.

** Albertsons Cos Inc is exploring a takeover of

high-end grocer Whole Foods Market Inc, the Financial

Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

(Compiled by Tamara Mathias and Divya Grover in Bengaluru)