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M&A News: E.ON, GDF Suez, Ardagh Group, Swatch

1. E.ON (EOAN:GR) and GDF Suez (GSZ:FP) are selling their 49 percent holdings in Slovak energy company Slovensky Plynárensky Priemysel to Czech utility Energeticky a Prumyslovy Holding for $3.5 billion.

2. Luxembourg packaging business Ardagh Group will pay $1.7 billion for Saint-Gobain’s (SGO:FP) Verallia glass bottle and jar unit.

3. China’s largest biotech company, China National Biotec Group, is planning an IPO to raise about $1.5 billion in Hong Kong, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

4. Russian state-owned uranium mining company ARMZ Uranium Holding plans to buy the shares it doesn’t own in Uranium One (UUU:CN) for $1.3 billion and take the company private.

5. Texas oil and gas company Denbury Resources (DNR) is buying acreage in North Dakota and Montana from ConocoPhillips (COP) for $1.1 billion to expand operations in the Rocky Mountains.

6. Fiserv (FISV) is acquiring Open Solutions for $55 million and taking on $960 million in debt, as the check processor and cash machine provider seeks to bolster its products and services.

7. Harry Winston Diamond (HWD) is selling its watch and jewelry brand to Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group (SWGAY) for $1 billion.

8. Toronto-based Alamos Gold (AGI:CN) made an unsolicited $793 million takeover bid for Canada’s Aurizon Mines (AZK) to add projects in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec.

9. Canada’s top mobile-phone company, Rogers Communications (RCI), will purchase wireless spectrum and a local cable business from Shaw Communications (SJR) for $712 million.

10. A 1792 nickel, thought to have been made from First Lady Martha Washington’s silverware, fetched $1.4 million at a Florida auction. The coin is among the first minted in the U.S.

Photographs by Foodcollection/Getty Images (bottles); Photo Research/Getty Images (uranium)
Winter is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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