June 5, 2018 / 1:48 PM / 6 months ago

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas, HNA Group, International Paper; updates Sky)

June 5 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Tuesday:

** Rupert Murdoch faces a 22 billion pound ($29.3 billion) fight with U.S. cable company Comcast for European pay-TV company Sky after Britain cleared his bid providing he sells off its TV news business.

** Wells Fargo & Co is pulling back from retail banking in the U.S. Midwest, selling all of its branches in three states, as the bank embarks on a broader review of branch profitability across the country.

** BNP Paribas, France's biggest bank, has its eye on bolt-on acquisitions in Germany, the head of the group's German business Lutz Diederichs said.

** Chinese conglomerate HNA Group said it had agreed to sell a stake of 26.5 percent in Spain's NH Hotels to Thai Minor International.

** International Paper is planning to walk away from its takeover approach for Irish packaging company Smurfit Kappa , according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

** Japan's Sharp Corp said it will buy Toshiba Corp's personal computer business and issue $1.8 billion in new shares to buy back preferred stock from banks, highlighting a swift recovery under the control of Foxconn.

** Chinese online short video start-up Kuaishou, backed by internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, has bought animation and video platform AcFun, the acquired firm told Reuters, amid an intensifying battle over online content.

** Dutch healthcare technology company Philips said it will buy EPD Solutions, a maker of cardiac imaging and navigation systems used to treat patients with heart rhythm disorders.

** Russia's VTB bank said it had bought a 40 percent stake in Russian system integrator Tekhnoserv from tycoon Alexei Ananyev, a former co-owner of Promsvyazbank.

** Consumer products maker Newell Brands Inc said it would sell its Rawlings Sporting Goods brand to Seidler Equity Partners for about $395 million, as part of a plan to raise about $10 billion through divestitures.

** Private equity firm Abraaj said on Monday it hopes to reach a deal with its secured creditors, although sources said that a Kuwaiti unsecured creditor was holding out, potentially stalling the sale of its investment management business. [nL5N1T70ZS

** British chipmaker Arm Holdings, a unit of SoftBank Group Corp, will cede control of its Chinese business to a group of local investors in a $775 million deal.

** Britain has sold some of its holding in Royal Bank of Scotland, which it rescued in the 2008 financial crisis, but has taken a loss of more than 2 billion pounds ($2.68 billion) on the deal.

** Italy's Enel SpA acquired 73 percent of the shares of Brazilian power company Eletropaulo on Monday, paying about 5.55 billion reais ($1.48 billion) to become Brazil's largest electricity distributor. (Compiled by Nikhil Subba and Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru)

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