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Bid & Ask: The Deals of the Week


1. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) is selling its aviation leasing unit to Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Japan’s No. 2 bank by market value, for $7.3 billion.

2. Canadian oil and gas shipper Pembina Pipeline (PPL:CN) will buy Provident Energy (PVX) for $3.1 billion in shares to expand its capacity to transport natural gas liquids.

3. London-based DS Smith (SMDS:LN), vying with Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG:LN) to be Europe’s largest supplier of recycled packaging, will pay $2 billion for a unit of Swedish tissue maker Svenska Cellulosa (SCAB:SS).

4. Billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications (RCOM:IN) plans to raise as much as $1.5 billion with a Singapore listing of shares in its submarine cable holdings, says a person with knowledge of the matter.

5. A Morgan Stanley (MS) real estate fund agreed to buy the largest mall in central St. Petersburg, Russia, for about $1.1 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the deal.

6. Finning International (FTT:CN), the world’s largest dealer of Caterpillar (CAT) equipment, is buying part of a distribution unit from the U.S. manufacturer of construction and mining equipment for about $465 million.

7. Closely held German dairy company Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müeller will acquire U.K. milk producer Robert Wiseman Dairies (RWD:LN) for $428 million, speeding consolidation in the industry.

8. Billionaire Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary’s DRB-Hicom (DRB:MK) agreed to buy Lotus sports car owner Proton Holdings (PROH:MK) for $410 million in Malaysia’s biggest automotive takeover since 2000.

9. RusPetro, an oil and gas company with its main assets in Russia, raised $250 million in a London IPO.

10. AVG Technologies, the Dutch maker of antivirus and security software, including products that protect users from hacking and identity theft, filed to raise as much as $144 million in a U.S. IPO.

Photographs by Alamy (2); Bloomberg (2)
Cwinter
Winter is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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