Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

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Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Aditya Birla Fashion, Cielo SA, ION Group, Charterhouse, Tencent, GardaWorld)

Jan 27 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Wednesday:

** Perspecta Inc PRSP.N , which provides information technology services to government customers, said it has accepted a $7.1 billion all-cash deal from buyout firm Veritas Capital-backed Peraton. Advanz Pharma recommended a takeover proposal from Nordic Capital, making the private equity fund a frontrunner to acquire the speciality drugmaker that restructured its debt in 2019. Swiss-headquartered clinic chain Ameos is being prepared for a sale or refinancing as its private equity owner Carlyle seeks to cash out after almost a decade of ownership, people close to the matter said. Colombia's state-owned oil company Ecopetrol ECO.CN said it has made a non-binding offer to buy the government's stake in electricity transmission company Interconexin Electrica S.A. E.S.P (ISA). Perspecta Inc PRSP.N , a provider of IT services to government customers, has agreed to a $7.1 billion takeover offer from Peraton, a defense contractor owned by private-equity firm Veritas Capital. India's Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) ADIA.NS said it would buy a 51% stake in the Sabyasachi brand, best known for high-end wedding wear favoured by Bollywood celebrities and rich business families. Brazilian payments processor Cielo SA CIEL3.SA unveiled plans to launch a credit business this year, while also looking at the sale of non-core assets, CEO Paulo Caffarelli said. Financial data and technology firm ION Group is nearing a deal to buy Italian banking software provider Cedacri for about 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion), two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. China's Tencent 0700.HK has invested 30 million euros ($36.35 million) for a minority stake in French independent video game developer Dontnod Entertainment SA ALDNE.PA , the latter announced. Conditions are no longer right for an alliance between Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri FCT.MI and state-controlled French Chantiers de l'Atlantique, the French and Italian finance ministries said in a joint statement. European private equity firm Charterhouse has kicked off the sale of drugmaker Cooperation Pharmaceutique Française as it seeks to capitalise on investor appetite for pandemic-resilient healthcare assets, three sources told Reuters. Canadian security group GardaWorld on Wednesday extended its buyout offer period for rival G4S (CSE: G4S ) GFS.L for a fifth time, even as the British company has already accepted U.S.-based Allied Universal's takeover offer.

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