Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:48am EDT
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June 18 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1345 GMT on Thursday:

** China's Ant Financial Services Group, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's internet finance affiliate, closed a private placement valuing the unit at about $45 billion, a person familiar with the matter said.

** U.S. hedge fund Elliott ramped up a campaign to block a proposed $8 billion merger of two Samsung Group firms on Thursday, laying out its case online a day before a court hearing on a deal seen key to a leadership succession in the family-run conglomerate.

** Banco Bradesco SA, Brazil's No. 2 private-sector bank, will make a binding offer to buy HSBC Holdings Plc's Brazilian unit next month, the newswire service of O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper said on Wednesday.