Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
(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.