March 24, 2020 / 1:34 PM / 13 days ago

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Softbank, BME)

March 24 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Tuesday:

** SoftBank Group Corp explored an attempt to take itself private over the past week, holding discussions with investors including hedge fund Elliott Management and the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing three sources.

** Spain's government has authorised a bid by Swiss exchange SIX to buy the Madrid stock market operator BME, the Spanish Economy Ministry said in statement on Tuesday.

** Streaming provider FuboTV said on Monday that it had agreed to merge with virtual entertainment firm FaceBank Group Inc to expand its over-the-top TV footprint, in a deal that sources said valued privately held FuboTV at about $700 million.

** Japan's Asahi Group Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday it would delay the planned closure of a deal to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev's Australian operations to the second quarter because antitrust authorities had yet to approve the deal.

** Food giant Nestle said in its annual report published on Tuesday it was continuously monitoring returns and strategic options for its stake in French cosmetics firm L'Oreal .

** Italy's Piaggio Aerospace said on Tuesday it postponed to May 4 the deadline to submit expressions of interest for the company, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

** EU antitrust regulators have set a new deadline of July 24 to decide whether to clear Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica's 7.2-billion-euro ($7.8 billion) bid for Dutch opticians group GrandVision GVNV.AS. (Compiled by Trisha Roy in Bengaluru)

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