Mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 0930 GMT on Thursday:

** Global private equity firm Carlyle Group (3VU) is selling its stake in portfolio firm AmbioPharm Inc, targeting a valuation of $1 billion in a potential deal, two people familiar with the situation told Reuters.

** Swedish hygiene products maker Essity (ESSITY.ST) has agreed to buy Australian leakproof apparel maker Modibodi for 985 million Swedish crowns ($93.70 million), it said in a statement.

** Drugmaker Merck & Co (6MK) is in advanced talks to buy cancer-focused biotech company Seagen Inc (S1GE34) in a deal that could be worth roughly $40 billion or more, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

** Australian casino operator Crown Resorts named operations head of Wynn Macau (WYNMY), Ciarán Carruthers, as its chief executive officer, replacing Steve McCann weeks after its $6.3-billion takeover by private equity Blackstone (BBN1).

** Australia's Link Administration (1LK) said it would consider a revised A$2.34 billion ($1.59 billion) base scheme takeover bid from Canadian cloud-based software firm Dye & Durham, after rejecting its lowered offer earlier this week.

** Australia's Bendigo and Adelaide Bank (BEN) (BEN) said it will buy larger peer Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's (ANB) investment lending portfolio to expand its margin lending business.

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