Deals of the day Mergers and acquisitions

November 18 (Reuters) – The following offers, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures were reported on Thursday through 2100 GMT:

** The data intelligence specialist GB Group (GBGP.L) said it will buy the US peer Acuant Intermediate for an enterprise value of US $ 736 million to expand its identity verification and identity fraud prevention business.

** VTB Group (VTBR.MM) announced its intention to sell approximately 17.28% of the common shares of Russian grocery chain Magnit (MGNT.MM), complete its investment cycle, and make the privately held Marathon Group the retailer’s largest shareholder close. Continue reading

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** The private equity backed Norwegian energy company Sval Energi is about to reach an agreement to take over Spirit Energy’s oil and gas operations in the country for around US $ 400 million, industry and banking circles said. Continue reading

** Unilever Plc (ULVR.L) has agreed to sell its global tea business to CVC Capital Partners for € 4.5 billion (US $ 5.1 billion). Continue reading

** Brazilian investor Nelson Tanure has reached an agreement to take control of medical diagnostics company Alliar (AALR3.SA), O Globo columnist Lauro Jardim reported, and let its shares rise.

** EFG Hermes, Egypt’s largest investment bank, has completed the takeover of the state-owned Arab Investment Bank and transformed into an Egyptian universal bank.

** Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk (NOVOb.CO) has signed a $ 3.3 billion cash deal to purchase Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA.O), which specializes in therapeutics that target disease-causing genes. Continue reading

** Financial services firm ODDO BHF is in talks to purchase Paris-based Quilvest Banque Privee, which has approximately € 2 billion ($ 2.3 billion) in assets, the companies said. Continue reading

** UK Playtech (PTEC.L) said it had received a takeover approach from a group led by former Formula 1 boss Eddie Jordan, the third such interest in the gaming software maker to spark a potential bidding war. Continue reading

** Bitdeer Technologies plans to go public by merging with blank check firm Blue Safari Group Acquisition Corp (BSGA.O) in a deal that values ​​the cryptocurrency mining platform at $ 4 billion. Continue reading

** Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) is preparing to sell its troubled IT service area, reported T-Systems, reported Manager Magazin, citing experts. Continue reading

** The China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) is selling its entire stake in the streaming service provider HengTen Network Group (0136.HK) for a debt of 2.13 billion.

** Japan’s Kubota Corp (6326.T) will increase its stake in tractor maker Escorts Ltd (ESCO.NS) up to 44.8%, the companies said, bringing the Indian company’s shares to a record high. Continue reading

** US private equity firm Carlyle (CG.O) said talks about a possible takeover bid for Metro Bank (MTRO.L) had ended, causing the UK lender’s shares to plummet 16%. Continue reading

** Flutter Entertainment has acquired Tombola, a UK’s leading online bingo operator, for an enterprise value of £ 402 million ($ 542 million), according to the owners of Paddy Power, Betfair and Fanduel.

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Compiled by Rajarshi Roy, Amruta Khandekar and Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru

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