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Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Hudson’s Bay, Salini Impregilo, Chevron Corp, Banca IFIS, JPMorgan, Evonik Industries AG, Mach, CBS Corp)

Aug 2 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:

** Montreal real estate developer Group Mach offered to buy at least 6.9 million or about 19.5% class B voting shares of Transat AT Inc at C$14, as it looks to block Air Canada’s takeover of the Canadian tour operator.

** CBS Corp and sister company Viacom Inc have reached a working agreement on the combined company’s leadership team, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

** A special panel of Hudson’s Bay Co reviewing a C$1.74 billion take-private bid for the retailer, proposed by Chairman Richard Baker and a group of shareholders, said the offer was inadequate based on an initial analysis.

** Italy’s largest builder, Salini Impregilo, has secured financial backing to realise a government-backed plan to build a national construction champion, which includes the group’s proposed takeover of troubled rival Astaldi

** The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it was suing to stop Evonik Industries AG’s proposed purchase of rival hydrogen peroxide maker PeroxyChem Holding Company, citing concerns that the deal would lead to higher prices.

** Italy’s Banca IFIS is in exclusive talks to sell some of its operations to rival Credito Fondiario, IFIS said, in a deal that would create a leading player in the soured loans market.

** JPMorgan was on Friday poised to become the first foreign company to hold a majority stake in a Chinese mutual fund business, two sources said, setting a precedent that one analyst said would trigger a wave of similar transactions.

** Inc is in talks with Reliance Industries Ltd’s retail unit to buy a stake in India’s biggest brick-and-mortar retailer, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters.

** KKR’s tender to buy out minority shareholders in German media group Axel Springer had received 19.2% in acceptances, the U.S. private equity investor said, putting it close to the 20% it needs by the deal’s Friday deadline.

** Majestic Wine will sell its retail and commercial units to Softbank Group’s Fortress Investment for about 100 million pounds ($121.06 million) as it looks to rebrand into a purely online retailer under the Naked Wines name.

** Italy’s plans to create a unified broadband network are making only slow progress and risk being complicated by differences between the two state-controlled owners of Open Fiber over how much the infrastructure group is worth, sources said.

** Australia’s Macquarie Group has purchased a 49% stake in cotton farm Cubbie Station from a consortium led by Chinese conglomerate Shandong Ruyi for an undisclosed sum, the parties said in a joint statement.

** Taiwan’s Foxconn is exploring the sale of its new $8.8 billion display panel factory in China, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, as demand for the product wanes amid an intensifying U.S.-China trade war.

** Morgan Stanley moved closer to taking a controlling stake in its Chinese securities joint venture (JV) after picking up a 2% share for $54 million, exchange filings show.

** Campbell Soup Co confirmed that it signed a deal to sell its Australian snacks unit Arnott’s and some of its international operations to KKR & Co Inc for $2.2 billion as the U.S. company works on reducing debt.

** Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA posted its highest ever quarterly profit on Thursday and handily beat analysts’ estimates, thanks in large part to billions of reais in asset sales.

** U.S. states suing to stop T-Mobile US Inc’s $26 billion merger with Sprint Corp won two victories on Thursday as Texas’ Republican attorney general joined 14 Democrats, adding political depth to the group, and a judge agreed to give states until December to make their case.

** Activist investor Carl Icahn revealed a 12.6% stake in data analytics company Cloudera Inc on Thursday, and said he could seek seats on the company’s board.

** Shares in the Brazilian card processor Cielo SA rose more than 15% on Thursday after newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported Banco do Brasil SA was considering selling its stake in the company.

** Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management is in talks to acquire a 30% stake in Brazilian sanitation company Brookfield Ambiental from the workers severance fund FGTS, two people with knowledge of the matter said. (Compiled by Abhishek Manikandan and Arunima Kumar in Bengaluru)