Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Nov 5, 2015 3:18pm EST
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Nov 5 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:

** Expedia Inc on Wednesday said it agreed to buy vacation rental site HomeAway Inc for about $3.9 billion in cash and stock, in a move that could ramp up competition with apartment-sharing startup Airbnb.

** Goldman Sachs Group Inc's private equity arm and buyout firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP are in talks to acquire facility management company GCA Services Group Inc from Blackstone Group Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. The offer values GCA at around $1 billion, including debt, the people said.

** Canada's Brookfield Asset Management Inc has purchased nearly 15 percent of Australian ports and rail operator Asciano Ltd as part of an agreed $6.5 billion takeover that has raised antitrust regulators' eyebrows, The Australian Financial Review (AFR) reported.

** Three investment firms are vying to buy French call centre operator Webhelp in a deal which could value the business at around 1 billion euros ($1.09 billion), four sources familiar with the matter said. Webhelp's owner Charterhouse is looking to offload the company and has asked KKR and Apax to submit binding offers in the next couple of weeks, the sources said.   Continued...