Mergers & acquisitions

Feb 05, 2013

CR Snow, a joint venture between SABMiller (LSE: SAB) and China Resource Enterprise (HK: 0291) has agreed to acquire Asian beer company Kingway Brewery (HK: 0124) for approximately $863 million.www.kingwaybeer.hk

Jawbone
, a San Francisco-based maker of audio devices and wearable technology, has acquired bothVisere and Massive Health. Visere is a digital design firm, while Massive Health created an iPhone app for improving eating habits. No financial terms were disclosed. San Francisco-based Massive Health had been seeded by Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, Greylock Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Felicis Ventures. Jawbone has raised over $200 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Deutsche Telekom.www.jawbone.com

Apax Partners and LBO France have retained Lazard and Messier Maris to find a buyer for French furniture store chain Maisons du Monde, according to Reuters. The deal could be valued at more than €700 million. www.maisonsdumonde.com

AOL is in talks to acquire consumer electronics review site GDGT, according to TechCrunch. GDGT has raised $3.7 million in VC funding from such firms as AOL Ventures, Betaworks, Spark Capital, True Ventures and Lerer Ventures. www.aol.com

GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) has increased its stake in its publicly-traded Indian consumer health subsidiary from 43.2% to 72.5%. www.glaxosmithkline.com

Virgin Media (Nasdaq: VMED) said that it is in talks to be acquired by Liberty Global (Nasdaq: LBTY). Virgin Media shares spiked nearly 15% on the news, giving it a market cap of around $10.4 billion.www.virginmedia.com

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