Deals of the day - mergers and acquisitions

Fri Feb 8, 2013 3:55pm EST
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Feb 8 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Friday:

** Private equity firms are reviving plans for a potential 10 billion pound ($15.7 billion) buyout of the UK's biggest mobile operator EE, encouraged by recent deals like Virgin Media and Dell.

Big buyout companies including U.S.-based KKR and Europe's CVC Capital Partners are trying again to persuade banks to help fund a deal they have been unable to get off the ground for the past year, people familiar with the talks said.

** ICE plans to spin off thriving Paris-based agricultural commodity contracts and may also have to sell London soft commodity contracts if its acquisition of NYSE Euronext goes through.

** Albania has invalidated the winning 850 million euro ($1.1 billion) bid by Vetro Energy to buy its Albpetrol oil company after the Albanian-U.S. firm failed to come up with an initial payment, the energy minister said.   Continued...