Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

Wed Jul 8, 2015 4:00pm EDT
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(Adds Nokia, Ryanair, Rosneft, Energy Transfer Equity, Axis Capital Holdings, Telekom Slovenia; Updates Royal Dutch, Potash Corp)

July 8 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday:

** Brazil gave the green light to oil major Royal Dutch Shell to buy smaller rival BG, advancing the $70 billion merger -- the largest of the past decade -- closer to completion in early 2016.

** Britain plans to sell at least three quarters of its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland over the next five years, raising 25 billion pounds ($38 billion), the body that manages the government's stake in the bank said.

** Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc does not plan to sweeten its bid for German rival K+S AG, several people familiar with the Canadian mineral miner said, downplaying a media report that it would consider such a move.