Bid & Ask

1. In the biggest deal in its 125-year history, Johnson & Johnson is paying $21.3 billion for Synthes, a Pennsylvania-based maker of devices to treat bone fractures and trauma.

2. Canada's Barrick Gold (ABX) offered $7.7 billion for copper producer Equinox Minerals, trumping an earlier bid from China's Minmetals Resources.

3. France's biggest cheesemaker, Groupe Lactalis, made an unsolicited $4.9 billion offer for the 71 percent of Italian food company Parmalat it doesn't already own. The Italian government has been maneuvering to keep Parmalat out of foreign hands.

4. Buyout firm Golden Gate Capital and technology company Infor are teaming up to buy Minnesota-based Lawson Software (LWSN), which markets enterprise software, for about $2 billion.

5. Swiss buyout firm Absolute Private Equity accepted a $752 million offer from Boston-based HarbourVest Partners.

6. Solera Holdings (SLH), a Texas company that makes software used to process auto insurance claims, is paying about $520 million for data provider Explore Information Services.

7. Russian Helicopters, a unit of state-owned defense industry holding company Oboronprom, is seeking to raise at least $500 million from an initial offering of shares in London scheduled for mid-May.

8. TA Associates and Summit Partners, a pair of Boston buyout firms, agreed to pay $350 million for a majority stake in Bigpoint, Europe's No. 2 online game company.

9. The U.K.'s Pearson is paying $230 million for Schoolnet, a New York-based startup that specializes in education software.

10. Valle Piola, a deserted medieval village in Italy's Apennine Mountains, is for sale. The asking price for this fixer-upper is just $782,000.

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