Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:08pm EST
 
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Dec 10 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Monday:

** Nexen Inc's chief executive said on Monday that the $15.1 billion acquisition of the Canadian oil producer by China's CNOOC Ltd was not yet wrapped up despite the Canadian government's approval last week.

** Drinks group Diageo Plc has held talks with Japanese brewer Suntory about making a joint bid to acquire bourbon whiskey maker Beam for more than $10 billion, Britain's Sunday Telegraph reported, citing unnamed sources.

** New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is weighing up whether to make a bid for The Financial Times Group, which includes the namesake paper and a half interest in The Economist magazine, the New York Times reported, citing three people close to the mayor.

Analysts value The Financial Times Group at about $1.2 billion, well within the reach of Bloomberg LP, which in 2011 had revenue of $7.6 billion, the paper said.   Continued...