Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:58pm EDT
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(Adds Tribune Publishing Co, Euronext NV, Phoenix Group Holdings, Anbang Insurance, Alphabet Inc, United Internet, Raízen Energia SA, Banco Popolare, Blackstone Group LP, Peugeot Automobile; Updates Air Products and Chemicals Inc, Peugeot Nigeria)

March 17 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1940 GMT on Thursday:

** The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tribune Publishing Co, which owns the Los Angeles Times, from acquiring papers in Orange and Riverside Counties, the department said.

** European stock exchange operator Euronext NV is considering acquisitions to help it stay competitive after Deutsche Boerse AG and London Stock Exchange Group Plc agreed to merge in a $30 billion deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

** Phoenix Group Holdings, Britain's largest consolidator of closed life funds, is preparing to bid for Deutsche Bank AG's British insurance unit, Sky News reported.