UPDATE 3-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions


(Adds Eni, Duvel, Lanxess, CNOOC, Drexel Morgan, Lucchini; updates Aecom)

Aug 5 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday.

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** Italian gas company Gas Plus SpA is nearing a deal to buy assets of oil and gas group Eni for around 600 million euros ($787.4 million), two sources close to the deal said.

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** India's Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to bid up to $400 million for troubled South Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor , sources said, as it seeks to become a major global utility vehicles maker. [ID:nSGE67404Q]

** Indian energy major Reliance Industries will pay $392 million to take a 60 percent interest in a joint venture with Carrizo Oil & Gas , its third shale gas acquisition in the United States this year. [ID:nSGE67403X]

** Aecom Technology Corp said it will buy construction consultancy Davis Langdon -- the latest in its acquisition spree that has touched almost $1 billion in less than a month -- and look for more buyouts. [ID:nSGE6740I4]

** Kuwaiti telecom firm Zain said it received $295.4 million from India's Bharti Airtel , as part of the sale of its African assets. [ID:nLDE6740E9]

** Warner Bros. is set to buy the British television production company Shed Media , maker of such programmes as Supernanny and The Choir, for around 100 million pounds to boost its presence in the key market. [ID:nLDE6740AR]

** China's largest offshore oil producer CNOOC Ltd might bid for BP's stake in Pan American Energy (PAE) if the British oil company sold it to raise money to cover its Gulf of Mexico oil spill costs. [ID:nN05228477]

** Israeli conglomerate Delek Group has decided to raise its holding in Noble Energy by up to another 1.3 percent of Noble's share capital in an investment that will not exceed $140 million. [ID:nLDE6740J0]

** Rio Tinto plans to sell a controlling stake in its French aluminium unit to U.S. private equity firm Apollo Management [APOLO.UL] and the French state, buoying Paris' control over the strategically important industry. [ID:nLDE65B0DJ]



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