Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:00pm EDT
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April 15 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday.

** Dish Network Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite television provider, offered to buy Sprint Nextel Corp for $25.5 billion in cash and stock, a move that could thwart the proposed acquisition of Sprint by Japan's SoftBank Corp .

Dish has no immediate plans to disrupt Sprint's deal to buy the shares of Clearwire Corp it does not already own, a source close to the matter said.

** Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc agreed to buy Life Technologies Corp for $13.6 billion in a deal that would make it one of the top companies in the hot field of genetic testing.

** Royalty Pharma sweetened its bid for Irish drugmaker Elan, heaping pressure on its management to open its books to the U.S. investment firm in the hope of a better offer, analysts and shareholders said.   Continued...