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20 May, 2010

Editor's daily M&A stories

Symantec to buy VeriSign security business
Symantec Corp agreed to buy VeriSign Inc's widely used technology for securing payments over the Internet in a deal worth $1.28 billion. The acquisition gives Symantec, VeriSign's Internet security busines sincluding its crown jewel -- the SSL technology for securing electronic payments and other Internet transactions by scrambling the data when it travels over the Web.

Healthscope considers $1.5 bln private equity offer
Private equity groups TPG and Carlyle have raised their bid for Australian hospital operator Healthscope slightly to A$1.8 billion ($1.5 billion) trying to woo the board.

Up to 20 bidders interested in Novell
As many as 20 bidders are interested in buying software company Novell Inc, which has put itself up for sale and is this week accepting bids, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Private equity firms hungry for Unilever's Findus
Private equity groups Doughty Hanson and Charterhouse are eyeing Unilever's Italian frozen food unit, Findus Italy, the Financial Times reported. Findus markets frozen ready-meal dishes as well as fish and vegetables products.

BHP, Origin circle Australia's Alinta assets
Mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd and Origin Energy are among bidders eyeing the assets of debt-laden Australian group Alinta Energy Ltd, three banking sources familiar with the process said.

Rakuten to acquire for $250 million in U.S. push
Japanese online mall operator Rakuten said it will acquire Inc for $250 million, foraying into the U.S. market for the first time as it steps up its push to expand overseas.

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