(Adds AT&T Inc, Engie, and others; updates Safran)
March 15 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,
acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2030 GMT on
** Ant Financial Services Group, the financial services
affiliate of China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said on
Tuesday it remained committed to the consummation of its merger
with U.S. money-transfer company MoneyGram International Inc
, after Euronet Worldwide Inc trumped its offer.
** AT&T Inc has won approval from the European
Commission for its planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time
Warner Inc, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier said.
** Engie has no plans to put in place a major
transformative deal and has no interest in taking a minority
stake in German grids and renewables group Innogy,
Engie chief executive Isabelle Kocher said.
** Yingde Gases would welcome any competing bids
for the Hong Kong-listed firm that will enable its shareholders
to get a higher price for their holdings, the management of
China's largest industrial gases company told Reuters.
** Savanna Energy Services Corp said it accepted a
higher offer from fellow Canadian oilfield services provider
Western Energy Services, while again rejecting a
hostile bid from Total Energy Services Inc.
** Pressure on France's Safran to rethink its
proposed $9 billion takeover of Zodiac Aerospace
intensified as a profit warning sent the target's shares
tumbling and hedge fund TCI called for Safran's chairman to be
ousted unless it abandons the deal.
** German specialty chemicals maker Wacker Chemie
said it took in 352 million euros ($374 million) in gross
proceeds by cutting its stake in silicon wafer group Siltronic
to 30.8 percent from 51.8 percent.
** Spain gave the green light to merger talks between Bankia
and Banco Mare Nostrum (BMN) as it seeks to claw back
public money used to rescue the banks in 2012.
** Capital Bank Financial Corp is working with
advisers to consider selling itself after receiving an
unsolicited approach, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
** U.S. market index compiler MSCI Inc said it was
not in talks for a possible takeover. The response came after a
media report that financial data provider S&P Global Inc
was seeking to buy MSCI for $11 billion
** Poland's state-run utility Enea said it could
still buy EDF's local power assets as part of a
consortium even though it has just purchased Engie's
Polaniec power plant in southern Poland.
** The top executive of automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
NV, said that he has "zero interest in
pursuing" merger talks with his counterpart at Volkswagen AG
** A minority shareholder in Colombian airline Avianca
filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking
to halt a deal between the airline's controlling shareholder
Synergy Group Corp and United Continental Holdings Inc.
** Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal said he would buy a stake
of up to 2 billion pounds ($2.5 billion) in Anglo American
but had no intention of trying to take control of the
** Guinness Nigeria said it had applied to the
Nigerian Stock Exchange to get approval for a share sale to
raise 39.7 billion naira ($130 million), its chief executive
** Italy's Poste Italiane is looking to expand its
parcel business through acquisitions and joint ventures, Chief
Executive Francesco Caio said.
** Construction conglomerate Odebrecht SA is close to
announcing the sale of its stake in Rio de Janeiro's
international airport to Canada's PSP Investments Inc, a source
with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.
** The two private equity consortia vying for Stada
have made binding takeover offers each worth 4.7
billion euros ($5 billion) including debt, paving the way for a
deeper look into the German generic drugmaker's books, several
people familiar with the matter said.
** Immofinanz will invite around 25
"pre-qualified" parties which have expressed an interest to take
part in the sale of its portfolio of five shopping centers in
Moscow, the Austrian property group said.
(Compiled by Ahmed Farhatha and Nikhil Subba in Bengaluru)