Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:06pm EST
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(Adds, Jefferies Group, Lafarge, Raiffeisen Bank)

Dec 16 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Tuesday:

** Spain's Repsol SA has agreed to buy Talisman Energy Inc, Canada's fifth-largest independent oil producer, for $13 billion, showing how the drop in oil prices is pushing energy companies to take the plunge on big M&A deals.

** Royal Bank of Scotland has sold 4.8 billion pounds ($7.5 billion) of Irish property loans to U.S. private equity firm Cerberus, shedding a big chunk of problem loans under its plan to shrink its business in Ireland.

** Olam International Ltd will buy Archer Daniels Midland Co's cocoa business for $1.3 billion, catapulting the Singapore-based commodities firm into the top tier of global suppliers of chocolate.