Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:00pm EST
 
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(Adds BNP Paribas, One Equity, Deere, Aer Lingus, Grupo Bimbo, Roche; updates Alcatel Lucent)

Dec 18 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday:

** Telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel's NJJ Capital has agreed to buy Swiss mobile operator Orange Switzerland from private equity group Apax Partners for 2.8 billion Swiss francs ($2.9 billion), Apax said.

** Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc will buy smaller U.S. rival Pantry Inc for about $861 million to boost its presence in the southeastern and Gulf Coast regions of the United States.

** Shareholders in British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline have approved a planned deal with Switzerland's Novartis , which will see the two pharmaceutical groups trade more than $20 billion of assets.

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