Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
June 30 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:
** Shell SHEL.L said on Thursday it had suspended plans to sell its onshore oil assets in Nigeria, complying with a Supreme Court ruling that said it had to wait for the outcome of an appeal over a 2019 oil spill.
** Novartis NOVN.S prefers a spinoff of its generic drug unit over a potential sale to private equity firms, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
** China Yangtze Power Co Ltd 600900.SS , the world's largest listed hydropower company by capacity, plans to buy two large hydropower stations for a total of 80.5 billion yuan ($12 billion), boosting its capacity by over a half.
** Activist investor Cevian Capital said on Thursday it had increased its stake in Ireland's CRH CRH.L to 4%, with its managing partner saying he saw pent-up demand for the company's products overcoming near-term "cyclical uncertainty".
** Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund is in early talks with British luxury carmaker Aston Martin AML.L about taking a stake in the business that could be worth 200 million pounds ($243.5 million), the Financial Times reported.
** Brazilian medical laboratories firm Fleury SA FLRY3.SA will acquire smaller rival Instituto Hermes Pardini SA PARD3.SA , it said on Thursday.
** Universal Music Group UMG.AS announced an agreement to acquire rock guitarist and composer Frank Zappa's catalog of music, recordings and film archive for an undisclosed fee.
** Barcelona agreed to sell a 10% stake in their LaLiga TV rights for the next 25 years to U.S. private equity group Sixth Street for 207.5 million euros ($215.84 million) as they look to improve their financial situation, the club announced.
** Thailand's Bank of Ayudhya Pcl (BAY) BAY.BK announced it would acquire Nomura's 8604.T securities unit in Thailand for $155.3 million.
** Brazilian pulpmaker Suzano SA SUZB3.SA has agreed to acquire Caravelas Florestal SA for 336 million reais ($64.84 million) as part of efforts to reduce its raw materials costs, it said late on Wednesday.
** Spain's Cellnex CLNX.MC has offered Deutsche Telekom DTEGn.DE a small minority stake in its business as part of efforts to take control of the German firm's towers unit in a deal worth about 18 billion euros ($18.8 billion), sources told Reuters.
** A fund managed by Czech investment group J&T will buy a 9.99% stake in Prague-listed lender MONETA Money Bank MONET.PR from Petrus Advisers in two stages and will seek regulatory clearance for a larger holding, J&T said.
** Private equity firm L Catterton is selling its Danish fashion brand Ganni in a deal that could fetch up to $700 million, two people with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.
** Italy's ENI ENI.MI is selling its 20% stake in British offshore wind farm Dogger Bank to its Norwegian green energy joint venture Vaargroenn, partner HitecVision said.
** Mike Ashley's Frasers Group FRAS.L said on Thursday it has acquired a 28.7% holding in MySale MYSL.L , sending shares in the Australian-based fashion marketplace up 20%.
** Sibanye-Stillwater SSWJ.J plans to increase its shareholding in Finnish lithium firm Keliber to 50% plus one share, the South Africa-listed miner said, and is offering to buy minority shareholders out to boost its stake to over 80%.
** Ocado OCDO.L has extended its partnership deal with French retailer Groupe Casino CASP.PA , the British online supermarket and technology group said.
** Canada's Brookfield Asset Management BAMa.TO has bought a 2.6% stake in AGL Energy AGL.AX , becoming the no. 4 shareholder just over three months after being spurned in a A$5.4 billion ($3.7 billion) bid for Australia's beleaguered top power producer. (Compiled by Rajarshi Roy, Ruhi Soni and Ananya Mariam Rajesh in Bengaluru)
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