#dealwelove Kraft Heinz Co will sell part of its Indian business, including brands such as malt-based drink Complan and energy drink Glucon-D, for 45.95 billion rupees ($627.18 million), at a time when Indian consumers are demanding healthier, sugar-free alternatives.
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OTHER TOP M&A NEWS
** U.S. healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson said it is acquiring all outstanding shares of Japanese skincare firm Ci:z Holdings Co Ltd that it does not already own for 230 billion yen ($2.05 billion) in cash.
** National Bank (NBG), Greece’s second-largest lender will ask European Union competition authorities for more time to complete planned asset sales under an EU-approved restructuring plan, two bankers close to the matter said.
** Siemens and Alstom will receive a warning this week from European Union antitrust regulators that their plan to create a Franco-German rail champion will hurt competition, a person familiar with the matter said.
** Shares of Kenyan fuel marketer KenolKobil jumped 30 percent early after a takeover offer from French firm Rubis was made public, Refinitiv data showed.
** Endeavor Energy Resources LP is exploring a sale that could value the Texas-based privately held oil producer at more than $10 billion, a source familiar with the matter said.
** France and Italy moved closer towards a military shipbuilding alliance when state-controlled shipyards Naval Group and Fincantieri announced a 50-50 joint venture to bid for Franco-Italian warship projects and export to the world market.
** Freight forwarder DSV will no longer pursue its unsolicited offer for Swiss transport group Ceva Logistics , the Danish company said.
** German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp has hired Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank as advisors in a planned spin-off of its capital goods business, a spokesman for Thyssenkrupp said.
** Spanish insurers Mapfre and Santa Lucia are mulling a merger of their funeral services businesses, hoping to take advantage of growing demand and stable cash-flows to create the Spanish market leader, three sources with knowledge of the deal said.
** Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser said that anti-trust regulations abroad will mean that the company’s planned acquisition of a stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) will take time.
** Turkey’s Yildiz Holding has launched the sale of Godiva chocolate’s Japanese business with the first round of the auction set to close early next month, sources said.
** AstraZeneca is ploughing deeper into cancer immunotherapy through a wide-ranging deal with Innate Pharma , which includes the British group buying a 9.8 percent stake in the French biotech company.
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