Deals du Jour

July 29, 2009

Spain’s Banco Santander (SAN.MC) has appointed advisers to spin off its Brazilian business in a $3 billion initial public offering (IPO) to create one of Brazil’s biggest bank, the FT reports. But it’s not new — Reuters carried the story last week, which said Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and UBS would underwrite any deal. Click here for that story. More details could come from Santander today alongside its Q2 results.

In other M&A related stories reported by Reuters and other media on Wednesday:

Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co is in the advanced planning stage for an initial public offering of stock in Dollar General Corp, a discount retailer. Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and KKR are likely to underwrite the deal, the Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying.

Sumitomo Trust and Banking has agreed to buy Nikko Asset Management, Citigroup’s Japanese asset manager, for about 100 billion yen ($1.1 billion), the Nikkei newspaper reported.

National Australia Bank (NAB.AX) has agreed to buy 80.1 percent of Goldman Sachs JBWere’s private wealth management business in Australia and New Zealand. Click here for a Reuters story.

Reinsurer PartnerRe (PRE.N) has agreed to buy 19.5 percent additional Paris Re (PRI.PA) shares as part of its bid to buy the smaller rival in a $2 billion deal. Click here for a Reuters story.

CIT Group will not provide financing for the Molson family’s deal to buy the Montreal Canadiens hockey team. Click here for a Reuters story.

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