Orangina may change hands as Suntory Holdings is talking to the soft drinks maker’s current owners, Blackstone and Lion Capital. Suntory meanwhile is in talks itself to be sold to Kirin Holdings, its bigger rival.
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* U.S. private equity firm Blackstone is in talks to buy a 63 percent stake in Indian agro-chemicals and veterinary drugs maker Gharda Chemicals for about 6.3 billion rupees ($130 million), the Economic Times says.
* Japan’s Daiwa Securities Group (8601.T) and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (8316.T) are set to announce the end of their investment banking joint venture on Thursday, according to the Kyodo news agency.