Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

Thu May 16, 2013 4:06pm EDT
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May 16 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:

** DDR Corp, owner of shopping centers where big-box retailers are located, said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy from Blackstone Group LP the portion of 30 centers it does not already own for $1.46 billion.

** Dish Network Corp has lined up four banks to finance its $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel Corp, escalating the bidding war against Japanese telecom company SoftBank Corp, according to two people familiar with the matter.

** Novartis has no plans to bid for U.S.-based generic drugmaker Actavis, which is the subject of intense takeover speculation, a spokesman for the Swiss drugmaker said.

** Telus Corp, one of Canada's biggest wireless phone companies, said on Thursday it will pay C$380 million ($370 million) for debt-laden Mobilicity, testing the resolve of a government committed to opening the market to smaller players.   Continued...