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M&A News: Unilever, Berkshire Hathaway, Marine Harvest, Cermaq, Bayer, Conceptus

1. Unilever (UL), which makes Lipton tea and Dove soap, will pay as much as $5.4 billion to raise its stake in Hindustan Unilever (HUVR:IN) to 75 percent.

2. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A) will pay $2.1 billion for the 20 percent it doesn’t own of IMC International Metalworking, an Israeli maker of aerospace and auto manufacturing gear.

3. Oslo-based Marine Harvest (MHG:NO), the fish-farming company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen, offered $1.7 billion to acquire competitor Cermaq.

4. German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer (BAYN:GR) will pay about $1.1 billion for California-based Conceptus (CPTS), maker of Essure, a nonsurgical contraception device.

5. Telenor Group, the Nordic region’s largest telecommunications operator, will purchase Hellenic Telecommunications Organization’s (HTO:GA) Bulgarian mobile unit, Globul, for $934 million.

6. Japan’s No. 1 trader of grains and food products, Marubeni (8002:JP), offered to buymobile-phone retailer NEC Mobiling (9430:JP) for $811 million.

7. Best Buy (BBY) will leave Europe by selling its 50 percent stake in a mobile-phone venture to partner Carphone Warehouse Group (CPW:LN) for $775 million.

8. Eastman Kodak will spin off its personalized imaging and document imaging businesses for $650 million as part of a plan to settle $2.8 billion of claims and exit bankruptcy.

9. Alibaba Group, owner of China’s leading e-commerce site, will pay $586 million for a stake of about 18 percent in the Twitter-like service Weibo.

10. An autographed photo of the 1927 World Series champion New York Yankees fetched $275,706 at auction. The lineup that year, nicknamed Murderers’ Row, included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Earle Combs.

Photographs by Jean-Christophe Riou/Getty Images (fish); Eric Carr/Alamy (film); MLB Photos/Getty Images (Ruth); Weng Lei/AP Photo (mascot)
Winter is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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