The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 1330 GMT on Thursday.

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** Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners [CVC.UL] is buying iShares asset management business from Barclays (BARC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for 3 billion pounds ($4.4 billion) in a deal that will be 70 percent funded by the British bank.

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** France's Sanofi-Aventis (SASY.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to buy Brazilian drugmaker Medley in a deal that values the company at 500 million euros ($664 million) and will turn Sanofi into the top generics manufacturer in Latin America. [ID:nL9396710]

** Private equity firm Crescent Point, founded by former Morgan Stanley (MS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bankers, is looking to sell its controlling stake in Masterskill, Malaysia's largest nursing training school, sources said, in a deal that could fetch more than $200 million. [ID:nHKG325265]

** Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it intends to acquire privately held Tidal Software for about $105 million in cash and retention-based incentives. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2009. [ID:nWNAB2295]

** British resorts developer Dolphin Capital Investors (DOLC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it bought 15 percent it did not already own in Dolphin Capital Investors Holdings Two Ltd, the intermediate holding firm of Aristo Developers Ltd, for 92.7 million euros. [ID:nBNG478356]

** Japan's Sharp Corp (6753.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Pioneer Corp (6773.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said they would set up a joint venture to merge their optical disc businesses, aiming to beef up one of their focus operations and take a leading position in the growing Blu-ray disc market. [ID:nT331637]

** Vatukoula Gold Mines Plc (VGMS.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), formerly River Diamonds Plc, said on Thursday it was in early stage talks with a number of potential buyers after receiving offer approaches, sending its shares up as much as 68 percent. [ID:nBNG372342]

** The German government offered 1.39 euros per share to take over Hypo Real Estate (HRE) (HRXG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the stricken Munich-based lender it plans to seize control of and restructure. [ID:nL9946322]

** British Airways (BAY.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) does not feel under pressure to obtain a quick merger deal in talks with Iberia (IBLA.MC: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), BA's Chief Executive said, according to Spanish newspaper Expansion. [ID:nL9642291]

** Thailand's biggest energy firm, PTT (PTT.BK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), is studying the possibility of merging its four main subsidiaries in a bid to cut costs and boost efficiency, its president said. [ID:nBKK475780]

** U.S. Bancorp (USB.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) unit U.S. Bank will buy the corporate trust bond administration business of AmeriServ Financial (ASRV.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the financial firms said. [nN08548661] (Compiled by Tina Kwan in Singapore; Richa Dubey in Bangalore)