The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1430 GMT on Thursday:
** U.S. cable group Liberty Global is in takeover talks with Dutch operator Ziggo, its latest move to consolidate the sector in Europe in a deal analysts say could cost around 5 billion euros ($6.9 billion).
** Executives of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena were expected to clash with the troubled bank’s top investor at a meeting on Thursday, held to discuss the timing of a 3 billion euro ($4 billion) cash call needed to avert nationalization.
** Nokia has won an appeal to release a factory in India seized by authorities in a tax dispute, allowing the transfer of the plant as part of the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft.
** State-controlled Finnish utility Fortum has agreed to sell its power distribution grid in Finland to a consortium of institutional investors led by First State Investments and Borealis Infrastructure for 2.55 billion euros ($3.5 billion).
** French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen unveiled a 1.1 billion euro ($1.5 billion) writedown at its ailing overseas operations and won General Motors’ backing for a tie-up with China’s Dongfeng.
** Restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings Inc said PepsiCo Inc would replace Coca-Cola Co as its main drinks supplier, hoping to benefit from Pepsi’s tie-ups with the NFL and Major League Baseball.
** Slovenia is hoping to attract interest from Deutsche Telekom, Telenor and other telecoms groups in the stake it will sell in local incumbent Telekom Slovenije , as the indebted country tries to avoid an international bailout.
** Chinese firms Sinoma and CITIC Heavy Industries have agreed deals totaling $733 million to produce cement in Nigeria and Myanmar, respectively, as they expand in emerging markets overseas.
** Indonesian state oil firm Pertamina wants to buy the country’s main natural gas distributor, state-owned PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN), but has made no official approach, a PGN spokesman said.
** Swiss travel retailer Dufry has agreed to buy full control of Hellenic Duty Free, which runs stores at Greek airports, casting a vote of confidence in the troubled economy – albeit via the booming tourist industry.
** Croatia has rejected a bid by Austria’s Erste Bank for state-owned bank Hrvatska Postanska Banka as being too low, the government said on Thursday.
** Chilean bank CorpBanca confirmed it had received merger offers but said it would only accept a bid that allowed billionaire businessman Alvaro Saieh to retain some control in the bank.
** India’s GMR Infrastructure Ltd and contractor Megawide Construction Corp are the likely winners of a $400 million airport terminal tender, the biggest so far under the Philippines’ public-private partnership program.
** Dubai’s largest property developer, Emaar Properties , announced a joint venture project with Dubai World Central to build hotels, malls and golf course communities close to the emirate’s 2020 World Expo site.
** Russian tycoon-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov has agreed to buy Canadian mining firm Mercator Minerals for $100 million through his mining company Intergeo to form a copper-focused base metals producer, Mercator said in a statement.
** Ivory Coast state miner Sodemi has sold a 9 percent stake in the Ity gold project, the country’s oldest gold mine, to Canada’s La Mancha Resources Inc, the government said.
** U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill said it bought a stake in a grain terminal in Russia’s port of Novorossiisk to bolster its access to export facilities in the Black Sea.
** British film and computer games rental chain Blockbuster is to close down completely after administrators said they had failed to secure a buyer for the firm.
** Franklin Templeton, the manager of Romanian restitution fund Fondul Proprietatea, said it sold its 15 percent stake in state-owned gas grid operator Transgaz on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
** Spanish bank Banco Sabadell said it was in talks to sell its 15.8 percent stake in Dominican Republic lender Centro Financiero BHD.
** Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group said it would acquire the U.S. railcar leasing business of Perella Weinberg Partners LP, illustrating the continued appetite of Japanese banks for overseas assets.
** Norway’s Salmar will consider a special dividend or new acquisitions after selling its stake in rival Bakkafrost for $102 million, Chief Financial Officer Trond Tuvstein said.
** Israeli flavorings and specialty ingredients company Frutarom Industries has acquired U.S. based Hagelin & Co for $52.4 million in cash to expand its product portfolio in the area of soft drinks and other beverages.
** Italian asset manager Azimut said it had signed a joint venture agreement with Brazil’s Gruppo FuturaInvest, buying a 50 percent stake in FuturaInvest for around 3.9 million euros ($5.4 million).
** The two main city shareholders of Italy’s biggest regional utility A2A have agreed to sell an overall stake of up to 5.12 percent of the company in 2014, showed a document seen on Thursday.
** Austrian energy group EVN said it could exit its stake in European natural gas supplier EconGas as a result of talks that are expected to conclude in early 2014.
** Private equity firm Partners Group said it was acquiring Hofmann Menu Manufaktur, a German provider of cook and freeze solutions, for an undisclosed sum.
** Austrian bank BAWAG PSK has sold its landmark Vienna headquarters building to real estate group Signa Prime Selection AG. ($1 = 0.73 euro) (Compiled by Shubhankar Chakravorty in Bangalore)