Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Linde, SCA, Anthem, Time, Frontline, Fortress Investment

Group and Electric Co)

April 28 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,

acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:

** Germany's Siemens has moved into journey

planning with the purchase of privately-owned Hannover-based

firm HaCon to complement its transportation business, which it

has been talking about merging with Bombardier's.

** CVC Capital Partners has agreed to take control

of Swiss watchmaker Breitling in a deal that sees another iconic

Swiss brand lose independence.

** One of Britain's biggest pension scheme investors has

called on Dutch paintmaker Akzo Nobel to engage with

U.S. suitor PPG Industries over a revised bid and

criticized the board's handling of the issue.

** A consortium led by private equity firms Hillhouse

Capital Group and CDH Investments offered to buy Belle

International Holdings Ltd in a deal valuing the

entire Hong Kong-listed shoe retailer at about $6.8 billion.

** The Delhi High Court has approved a settlement of the

$1.18 billion dispute between Tata Sons and NTT

DoCoMo, allowing the Indian firm to buy out the

Japanese firm's stake in the telecoms joint venture, TV news

channels reported.

** Anglo-South African financial services group Old Mutual

is selling its 26 percent stake in an Indian insurance

joint venture Kotak Mahindra Bank for 156 million

pounds ($201.75 million), as part of the group's planned

break-up into four parts.

** Bayer's chief executive acknowledged that he

will face an uphill battle to improve Monsanto's

reputation once Bayer completes the takeover of the U.S. seeds

and agrochemicals company.

** A leading advisor to pension schemes and other investors

called for a review of Germany's rules around takeovers, in

light of a planned takeover of U.S. agrochemicals company

Monsanto by Bayer.

** Zodiac Aerospace's chief executive has offered

his resignation after another profit warning from the French

company, which is continuing talks with Safran to seal

a merger and end a crisis in its aircraft seat


** Hedge fund TCI Fund Management renewed pressure on

France's Safran to suspend its bid to buy Zodiac

Aerospace after the aircraft seats maker issued a

second profit warning in as many months.

** The world's biggest container shipping company, Maersk

Line, will pay 3.7 billion euros ($4.02 billion) for its

acquisition of smaller German rival Hamburg Sud, it said.

** A group backed by KKR & Co said it would not

undertake further work on a takeover offer for Australia's Tatts

Group Ltd after its A$6.15 billion ($4.60 billion) cash

bid was rejected by the lottery operator's board.

** Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC

is in advanced negotiations to acquire U.S. telephone

conferencing services provider West Corp, people

familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

** China Shengmu Organic Milk Ltd said that a deal

to sell a controlling stake to Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial

Group Co Ltd was scrapped after it failed to get

regulatory approval from Chinese authorities before a deadline

last week.

** Mexican breadmaker Grupo Bimbo said on Thursday it has

entered the African market with the purchase of Adghal, a

Morocco-based producer of baked goods.

** The Federal Trade Commission gave a private equity firm

approval on Thursday to sell to Dollar General Corp 323

stores that Sycamore purchased as part of a divestiture package

two years ago, the agency said on Thursday.

** Suncor Energy Inc, Canada's largest energy

producer, is still evaluating opportunities for oil sands

acquisitions in northern Alberta as foreign oil majors exit the

high-cost region, Chief Executive Steve Williams said on


** Italy's Atlantia has agreed to sell 10 percent

of its domestic motorway unit to a series of investors including

Allianz for 1.48 billion euros ($1.6 billion) as it

presses ahead with plans to bid for Spanish rival Abertis.

** German industrial gases group Linde's $65

billion merger negotiations with U.S. peer Praxair are

"on track" although slightly delayed, Linde's finance chief


** Once Sweden's SCA spins off its hygiene unit,

that new company, to be called Essity, will be freer to bulk up

in the growing market for consumer health and medical products,

its chief executive said.

** A U.S. appeals court blocked health insurer Anthem Inc's

bid to merge with Cigna, upholding a lower

court's decision that the $54 billion deal should not be allowed

because it would lead to higher prices for healthcare.

** Time Inc said it would not sell itself, but

pursue a strategic plan to boost growth, sending its shares

tumbling nearly 19 percent.

** Oil tanker firm Frontline said the high court in

the Marshall Islands has agreed to hear on May 17 its complaint

against takeover target DHT Holdings, which is

incorporated in the remote Pacific republic, over a rival deal

with BW Offshore.

** Fortress Investment Group LLC, the U.S.

alternative asset manager to be acquired by Japan's SoftBank

Group for $3.3 billion, is exploring divesting bond

fund manager Logan Circle Partners, according to people familiar

with the matter.

** The U.S. Federal Trade Commission gave its blessing to

Emerson Electric Co's acquisition of industrial valve

manufacturer Pentair PLC on condition that it sells

Pentair's switchbox business to Crane Co.

(Compiled by Tamara Mathias and Divya Grover in Bengaluru)