October 15, 2018 / 2:32 PM / a month ago

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Linde, Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA, Fagerhult, Northvolt, Advent; updates Walt Disney)

Oct 15 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:

** Walt Disney has offered concessions in an attempt to allay EU antitrust concerns over its $71.3 billion bid for Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's entertainment assets, the European Commission said.

** NetJets, the luxury plane unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, announced a deal to purchase up to 325 Cessna Citation business jets from Textron Inc's aviation unit, one of the biggest orders unveiled at a major jet show this week in Orlando, Florida.

** British sandwich maker Greencore Group has agreed to sell its entire U.S. business for a little more than $1 billion, it said, abandoning the market only two years after spending heavily in an effort to quadruple sales there.

** Apple Inc has acquired music analytics start-up Asaii, Axios reported, citing sources, in a bid to strengthen content recommendations to its music users.

** Industrial gases maker Linde said it had completed work with the staff of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on remedies to secure approval for the proposed merger with Praxair and that the package had been submitted to the FTC's Commissioners.

** Brazil's Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA said it plans to buy out minority shareholders in loyalty program Smiles Fidelidade SA for an undisclosed price.

** Sweden's Fagerhult has signed a letter of intent to buy Italian lighting group iGuzzini by the end of this year, iGuzzini shareholders said in a statement.

** Sweden's Northvolt has secured a partnership with German carmaker BMW and is seeking more funds from the European Investment Bank to help its plans to build Europe's largest battery factory.

** Novo Nordisk might be able to complete an acquisition within its struggling biopharma business this year, its chief executive told Reuters.

** Aker BP has agreed to buy Equinor's 77.8 percent stake in Norway's King Lear gas and condensate discovery for $250 million in cash, the two companies said.

** Centrica subsidiary Direct Energy Business has agreed to buy the retail electricity business of Source Power and Gas LLC, a wholly owned indirect U.S. subsidiary of Australian power company ERM Power Limited, Centrica said.

** China's HNA Group is exploring an outright sale and other options for its IT outsourcing unit Pactera and has held talks with investors including Ant Financial, people with knowledge of the situation said.

** New Zealand's Fletcher Building scrapped their proposed takeover of Steel & Tube Holdings after its sweetened offer was rejected, sending the target's shares from a four-month high to their steepest fall in two months.

** Investa Office Fund (IOF) said it has given private equity firm Blackstone four days to match a rival bid by Canada's Oxford Properties Group as the bidding war for the Australian office owner comes to a head. (Compiled by Mary Ann Alapatt and Debroop Roy in Bengaluru)

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