Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

Acquisitions and disposals were reported by 10:00 GMT on Thursday

  
(Adds LVMH, El Al Israel Airlines, DWS, Engie, Enel, Caixabank)

Sept 17 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday:

** VESA Equity Investment, controlled by Czech billionaire investor Daniel Kretinsky, has taken a 3.05% stake in British supermarket group Sainsbury's , a filing showed.

** Abu Dhabi-backed holding company ADQ said it has acquired about a 22% stake in Dubai-based courier Aramex , making it the company's biggest shareholder.

** Insurer MetLife Inc said it will buy vision-care benefits company Versant Health for $1.68 billion from an investor group led by Centerbridge Partners and FFL Partners, to strengthen its vision insurance business.

** Uber Technologies Inc is planning to sell part of its $6.3 billion stake in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing to raise cash, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

** Germany's Synlab has put its environmental business up for sale to streamline the laboratory services group ahead of a planned stock market listing next year, people close to the matter said.

** Vortex Energy, a subsidiary of the private equity arm of EFG Hermes , has completed the sale of its controlling stake in a 365 megawatt solar PV portfolio in Britain, EFG Hermes said.

** China will need to approve ByteDance's proposed deal with Oracle Corp for its TikTok app, the Chinese company said, indicating how its bid to stave off a ban in the United States could be further complicated.

** Iberdrola has bought Japan-based renewables developer Acacia and signed a joint venture deal with Macquarie's Green Investment Group to develop an offshore wind farm portfolio, the Spanish energy company said.

** Germany's Deutsche Boerse , on a mission to make acquisitions, said that it would buy a majority stake in fintech Quantitative Brokers for an undisclosed sum.

** EQT has agreed to buy Italian online real estate classifieds group Casa.it from Oakley Capital, the Swedish private equity group said, marking its second acquisition in the sector in a week.

** South Korea's LG Chem , an electric car battery supplier for Tesla Inc and GM said it plans to separate its battery business into a new company as the electric vehicle market takes off.

** U.S. President Donald Trump raised questions on Wednesday about plans by China's ByteDance to keep a majority stake in the U.S. operations of popular social media platform TikTok after six Republican lawmakers urged him to reject the proposal.

** LVMH tried to block an attempt by Tiffany to fast-track legal proceedings in the United States to force the French luxury group to honor an acquisition deal agreed last year.

** A 27-year-old U.S.-born yeshiva student has secured control of El Al Israel Airlines following a public share offering that was a government condition for the carrier to receive a 75% state-backed $250 million loan.

** Deutsche Bank's asset manager DWS has launched an auction for its fund administration unit IKS as it seeks to simplify its operations, people close to the matter said.

** Engie said it would seek a higher offer from Veolia for almost all of its 32% stake in French waste and water management group Suez , adding it had not yet received any alternative proposal from Suez.

** Enel has received a bid from Macquarie for its stake in Open Fiber valuing the group at more than 7 billion euros ($8.3 billion), signaling strong interest from big funds for Rome's plans for a national broadband network.

** Caixabank and Bankia approved the terms of a proposed merger that will create Spain's biggest domestic bank with around 600 billion euros ($710 billion) in assets, two sources familiar with the matter said.

(Compiled by Abhishek Manikandan and Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru) ((Abhishek.Manikandan@thomsonreuters.com))

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