Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

Tue Feb 2, 2016 4:00pm EST
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(Adds Roche, Vodafone, Rosneft and Minor)

Feb 2 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Tuesday:

** China's state-owned ChemChina is nearing a deal to buy Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta AG for around 43 billion Swiss francs ($42.2 billion), two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

** Roche Holding AG has in recent weeks approached Pacific Biosciences of California Inc to discuss acquiring the U.S. company, spurred by interest in its advanced gene-sequencing technology, people familiar with the matter said.

** Mobile phone networks operator Vodafone said on Tuesday it was in talks with John Malone's cable company Liberty Global about forming a joint venture in the Netherlands.