Bid & Ask

Bid & Ask: The Deals of the Week


1. Nestlé (NESN:VX) will pay $11.9 billion for Pfizer’s (PFE) infant-nutrition unit and may sell as much as $1.8 billion of the assets to address antitrust concerns in countries including Mexico, say people with knowledge of the matter.

2. Russia’s No. 2 mobile-phone operator, MegaFon, will pay owners TeliaSonera, AF Telecom, and Altimo $5.2 billion in dividends and pursue an IPO in London.

3. Banco BTG Pactual, led by Brazilian billionaire André Esteves, raised almost $2 billion in the biggest IPO for an investment bank in two years.

4. Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) is acquiring African oil explorer Cove Energy for $1.8 billion to secure a stake in gas fields discovered off Mozambique.

5. The world’s No. 1 wireless operator, Vodafone (VOD), will purchase Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CW/:LN) for $1.7 billion in cash, adding a U.K. fixed-line network to its mobile-phone system.

6. London Heathrow Airport owner BAA is selling its Edinburgh terminal to U.S. buyout firm Global Infrastructure Partners for $1.3 billion after antitrust regulators ordered a breakup.

7. Thomson Reuters (TRI) will sell its healthcare unit, which provides data and analytic services to hospitals and health-care providers, to an affiliate of Veritas Capital for $1.3 billion in cash.

8. Amgen (AMGN) is buying closely held Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals for almost $700 million to expand in Turkey, where economic growth is boosting demand for medicines.

9. Illinois-based Beam (BEAM) will purchase the Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack rum brands from White Rock Distilleries for $605 million to expand in the fast-growing spirits business.

10. Facebook will beef up its intellectual property arsenal by paying $550 million for some of the patents Microsoft (MSFT) recently agreed to buy from AOL (AOL).

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Winter is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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