Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:00pm EDT
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(Adds Google, Itaú Unibanco Holding, Chiquita, UBS, AngloGold Ashanti, Telecom Italia SpA, Aspen, Kommunalkredit, Lamda, Visteon, Locke Lord)

Sept 10 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday:

** Google Inc has acquired the maker of a high-tech spoon that helps people suffering from neurodegenerative tremors to eat, the Internet company's latest foray into the healthcare and biotechnology market. Google did not say how much it paid for Lift Labs.

** Itaú Unibanco Holding SA's card payment processing arm, Rede, acquired e-commerce service provider maxiPago for an undisclosed sum, in a bid to expand in its home market, Brazil, and other markets in Latin America.

** Brazil's Grupo Cutrale and Safra Group, the banking and investment behemoth, entered into a confidentiality agreement with Chiquita Brands International Inc, after the banana producer agreed to consider their joint $611 million unsolicited takeover bid.

** Swiss bank UBS's chairman Axel Weber expects mergers among smaller banks in Europe, mainly in the retail sector, while larger lenders were less likely to join up due to regulatory concerns.   Continued...