(Adds Maersk Line, Twenty-First Century Fox, Fincantieri,
Talpa, Zhejiang Electric Power, Macquarie, Fresenius)
April 7 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,
acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:
** German healthcare group Fresenius SE & Co KGaA
is weighing a bid for generic drugmaker Akorn Inc,
Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** Australian investment bank Macquarie looked set
to acquire Britain's Green Investment Bank (GIB) after a court
rejected the claim of a rival bidder.
** China's Zhejiang Electric Power Construction Co Ltd
(ZEPC) is in talks to buy a stake in Brazil's
massive Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, two sources familiar with
the negotiations told Reuters.
** Talpa, the media production company of Dutch media tycoon
John De Mol is planning to buy out its Finnish partner's stake
in Dutch broadcaster SBS, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD)
reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.
** The acquisition of STX France by Italian shipbuilder
Fincantieri it is a first step that will pave the way
for further consolidation of the industry in Europe, the
chairman of the Italian group said.
** Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox
secured unconditional EU antitrust approval for its
11.7-billion-pound ($14.5 billion) takeover of European pay-TV
** EU antitrust regulators will approve Maersk Line's
acquisition of German peer Hamburg Sud after the
world's biggest shipping company agreed to pull Hamburg Sud out
from some trade route groups, a person familiar with the matter
** Britain's Co-Operative Bank said it had received
a number of non-binding offers that would go into a next phase
of bidding, as the struggling lender seeks a takeover that would
ward off the need for state intervention.
** Samsonite International said it would buy
U.S.-based online travel bags retailer eBags Inc for $105
million cash, as the luggage maker accelerates growth of its
e-commerce business in North America and worldwide.
** Singapore-based fund Effissimo, established by former
colleagues of Japan's most famous activist investor, Yoshiaki
Murakami, raised its stake in Toshiba Corp to 9.84
percent, a regulatory filing showed.
** Germany's Biotest has agreed to be bought by
Chinese investor Creat Group Corp in a cash deal valuing the
blood plasma products maker at 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion),
** Gunvor Group Ltd, one of the world's largest oil
traders, has discussed a possible sale of the company with at
least two competitors, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing
people familiar with the matter.
** Amancio Ortega, founder of the world's biggest clothing
retailer Inditex and Europe's richest man, has put a majority
stake in the firm that owns the Zara fashion chain into a
holding company to ensure family control remains unassailable
after he dies.
** Norway's Telenor has sold a 4 percent stake in
Amsterdam-based mobile network operator Veon for $259
million as part of an ongoing campaign to cut all ownership ties
to the firm formerly known as Vimpelcom.
** Top shareholder Invesco Perpetual trimmed its stake in
UK's Allied Minds, according to a regulatory filing
issued, as shares of the tech and life-sciences incubator slid
to all-time lows.
** Private equity group SVPGlobal will combine its packaging
firms Kloeckner Pentaplast and Linpac to increase their clout
ahead of a planned stock market listing.
** The Trump administration and Japan's government are in
talks to ensure that the bankruptcy of Toshiba Corp's
Westinghouse Electric, which could lead to the eventual sale of
its nuclear business, does not lead to U.S. technology secrets
and infrastructure falling into Chinese hands, a U.S. official
said on Thursday.
(Compiled by Aishwarya Venugopal and Akankshita Mukhopadhyay in