Today’s transactions Mergers and acquisitions

Nov. 18 (Reuters) – The following deals, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures were reported at 9:00 p.m. GMT on Thursday:

** Data intelligence specialist GB Group (GBGP.L) has announced that it will purchase its US counterpart Acuant Intermediate for an enterprise value of $ 736 million, expanding its identity verification business and prevention of identity fraud.

** VTB Group (VTBR.MM) has announced plans to sell around 17.28% of the ordinary shares of Russian food chain Magnit (MGNT.MM), thus completing its investment cycle and making private group Marathon the major shareholder of the retailer. Read more

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** Norwegian energy company Sval Energi, backed by private capital, is set to close a deal to acquire Spirit Energy’s oil and gas operations in the country for around $ 400 million, industry and banking sources have said. . Read more

** Unilever Plc (ULVR.L) has agreed to sell its global tea business to CVC Capital Partners for 4.5 billion euros ($ 5.1 billion), concluding a process to review and split the division which lasted over two years. Read more

** Brazilian investor Nelson Tanure has struck a deal to take control of medical diagnostics company Alliar (AALR3.SA), O Globo columnist Lauro Jardim reported, pushing his shares higher.

** EFG Hermes, Egypt’s largest investment bank, has finalized its takeover of state-owned Arab Investment Bank, turning into an Egyptian universal bank, he said.

** Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk (NOVOb.CO) has entered into a $ 3.3 billion cash deal to buy Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA.O), which specializes in therapies against pathogenic genes, has he declares. Read more

** Financial services firm ODDO BHF is in talks to buy Paris-based Quilvest Banque Privée, which manages around € 2 billion ($ 2.3 billion) in assets, the companies said. Read more

** Britain’s Playtech (PTEC.L) said it had received an approach to take over a group led by former Formula 1 boss Eddie Jordan, the third of its kind to take an interest in the gaming software maker , setting up a potential bidding battle. Read more

** Bitdeer Technologies has announced plans to go public by merging with blank check company Blue Safari Group Acquisition Corp (BSGA.O) in a deal valuing the cryptocurrency mining platform at $ 4 billion. Read more

** Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) is preparing to sell its ailing IT services unit, T-Systems reported, Manager Magazin reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Read more

** China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) sells its entire stake in streaming services company HengTen Network Group (0136.HK) for HK $ 2.13 billion ($ 273.5 million), then that the cash-strapped developer struggles to avoid debilitating default on his debts.

** Japanese company Kubota Corp (6326.T) will increase its stake in tractor maker Escorts Ltd (ESCO.NS) to 44.8%, the companies said, raising the shares of the Indian company to a level record. Read more

** US private equity firm Carlyle (CG.O) said talks over a possible takeover offer from Metro Bank (MTRO.L) were over, causing the UK lender’s shares to fall 16%. Read more

** Flutter Entertainment has acquired Tombola, one of the UK’s leading online bingo operators, for an enterprise value of £ 402m ($ 542m), said Paddy Power owner Betfair and Fanduel.

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Compiled by Rajarshi Roy, Amruta Khandekar and Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru

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