Deals du Jour

June 29, 2009

TMT is heating up. Vodafone, the British mobile phone operator, is pondering a bid for T-Mobile UK, while Microsoft has hired Morgan Stanley to sell its digital agency Razorfish. Both stories are in the Financial Times. Private equity group Candover says it has ended talks with potential acquirers, confident it can meet debt covenants. For all Reuters Deals news, click here.

And here’s what other media are writing today.

* Anglo American (AAL.L) is building its defences against a 41 billion pound ($67.74 billion) merger approach from Xstrata (XTA.L) by plotting talks about a major Chinese investment, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

* Switzerland’s UBS (UBSN.VX) is to pay 3 to 5 billion Swiss francs ($2.77-$4.62 billion) in the next two weeks to settle a U.S. tax probe into the bank, Swiss newspaper Sonntag reported on Sunday.

* China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) (0883.HK) and Petrochina are planning bids for a stake in Canadian oil firm InterOil Corp’s (IOC.N) natural gas project that could be worth up to $500 million, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

* The potential buyer of General Motors Corp’s (GMGMQ.PK) Hummer division will begin formal talks with Chinese regulators on Monday in an effort to win approval for its acquisition, The Wall Street Journal said on Saturday.

* British train and bus operator National Express Group Plc <NEX.L> has rejected an unsolicited takeover bid from rival FirstGroup Plc <FGP.L>, the Financial Times reported on Monday, without citing sources.

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