September 7, 2017 / 10:00 AM / a year ago

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Nestle, Shufersal; Updates Eicher Motors)

Sept 7 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2020 GMT on Thursday:

** Packaging company Amcor Ltd is considering a takeover of rival Bemis Co, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

** India's Eicher Motors is set to offer $1.8 billion-$2 billion for Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Thursday, although German owner Volkswagen has put the sale process on hold, sources have said.

** Cove Hill Partners, a recently formed private equity firm founded by a former Bain Capital executive, said on Thursday it closed its first private equity fund with more than $1 billion in commitments.

** Chinese conglomerate HNA Holding Group Co launched a bid to buy Singaporean logistics firm CWT Ltd for $1 billion, after getting a green light from its shareholders.

** Fertilizer companies Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc said they were told by regulators in India and China that they need to divest Potash's offshore interests for their merger to be approved.

** Austrian real estate company Signa Holding is considering a bid for Germany's Galeria Kaufhof, a department store chain owned by Hudson's Bay Co, according to people familiar with the matter.

** French media group Vivendi is close to reaching a preliminary deal with Italy's communications watchdog on cutting its stake in Silvio Berlusconi's broadcaster Mediaset , two sources said.

** U.S. private equity firm Genstar Capital said it would buy shareholder advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc (ISS) from Vestar Capital Partners for $720 million.

** Shufersal, Israel's largest supermarket chain, said it won regulatory approval to buy local drugstore chain New-Pharm Drugstores.

** Nestle and Unilever both snapped up small, artisanal brands, part of a drive by big food firms to boost slowing sales with products seen as ethical or healthy.

** Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems will be sold to Chinese private equity firm Fountain Vest Partners for an undisclosed sum, Bosch and Mahle said in a joint statement.

** German brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse's attempt to buy Swedish rival Haldex was dealt a blow when Sweden's securities regulator rejected its request to extend the acceptance period for its bid.

** Barry Callebaut AG said it has acquired the ingredients division of family-owned U.S. company Gertrude Hawk Chocolates for an undisclosed sum, a move to strengthen the Swiss company's high-margin gourmet and specialties business.

Compiled by Roopal Verma in Bengaluru

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