News: Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

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    July 18 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 10:00 GMT on Monday:

    **SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T has agreed to buy UK chip designer ARM Holdings Plc ARM.L in a 24.3 billion pound ($32.2 billion) cash deal, the two sides said on Monday, a bold bet on internet-connected machines that will transform the Japanese group.

    **ExxonMobil Corp XOM.N has made a bid worth at least $2.2 billion for InterOil Corp IOC.N and its stake in a rich Papua New Guinea gasfield, winning the support of its target and topping an offer from Australia's Oil Search Ltd (OSH) .

    ** Goldman Sachs Group Inc GS.N and Bain Capital Private Equity will acquire a majority stake in unlisted cosmetics maker Carver Korea Co Ltd, seeking to tap into the growing popularity of South Korean beauty products in markets such as China.

    ** French drugmaker Sanofi SASY.PA has sought to address EU antitrust concerns over its proposed takeover of German peer Boehringer Ingelheim's consumer health unit by offering concessions.

    ** Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings is set to announce a deal this week to buy out the remaining nearly 46 percent of SMRT Corp SMRT.SI that it doesn't already own, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

    ** Chemical tanker operator Stolt-Nielsen Ltd SNI.OL buys competitor Jo Tanker's chemical tanker operations for $575 million. Deal includes 13 chemical tankers and 50 percent in 8 newbuilds.

    ** EnQuest ENQ.L is in talks to sell a 20 percent stake in the North Sea Kraken oilfield to Israeli conglomerate Delek Group DLEKG.TA in a deal that could be worth $162 million, the companies said on Monday.

    ** State-controlled Petróleo Brasileiro SA PETR4.SA will extend for 30 days an exclusive negotiation with Canada's Brookfield Asset Management Inc BAMa.TO over the sale of natural gas pipeline unit Nova Transportadora do Sudeste SA, the company said in a securities filing on Tuesday.

    ** German container line Hapag-Lloyd HLAG.DE signed a binding agreement with Arab peer UASC to form the world's fifth largest shipping company in response to a global industry crisis.

    ** Specialty chemicals company Ferro Corp FOE.N turned down acquisition offers from private equity firms Apollo Global Management LLC APO.N and CVC Capital Partners Ltd as too low, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

    ** Italian media tycoon Urbano Cairo secured 49 percent of influential publisher RCS Mediagroup RCSM.MI after his takeover bid on Friday unexpectedly leapt ahead of a rival offer by some RCS investors and private equity firm Investindustrial.

    ** Brazil's São Paulo state said it was considering the sale of its controlling stake in the country's No. 4 electricity generator, CESP CESP6.SA , triggering a 19 percent surge in the price of its preferred shares.

    ** Israel's Discount Investment Corp DISI.TA said on Sunday it had agreed to sell a 40 percent stake in crop protection maker Adama Agricultural Solutions to China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) for $1.4 billion, including debt.

    ** Spain's Santander SAN.MC is examining a deal which would involve the bank taking on more than 300 branches and millions of customers from the Royal Bank of Scotland RBS.L as part of a five-year process, Sky News reported, citing sources.

    ** Canada's Enbridge ENB.TO and Australia's Macquarie (MQG) are vying for a 49.9 percent stake in EnBW's EBKG.DE 2 billion euro ($2.23 billion) offshore wind park project Hohe See, three people familiar with the deal told Reuters.

    ** A Chinese consortium's $1.24 billion takeover of Norwegian online browser and advertising firm Opera Software OPERA.OL has collapsed after the deal failed to win regulatory approval by a July 15 deadline, Opera said on Monday, sending its shares to a seven-month low.

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