Mergers & acquisitions

April 25, 2013, 8:36 PM UTC

Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) has hired advisors to prepare a possible $100 billion cash and stock bid for the 45% stake in Verizon Wireless that is currently held by Vodafone (LSE: VOD), according to Reuters.

Arseus NV (Brussels: RCUS) has acquired Freedom Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. supplier of pharmaceutical raw materials, excipients, bases and capsules to U.S. compounding pharmacies. No financial terms were disclosed.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: CCE) said that it would not exercise its option to acquire Coca-Cola Co.’s (NYSE: KO) German bottling business.

Fusion-io Inc. (NYSE: FIO) has acquired NexGen Storage, a Louisville, Colo.-based developer of solid-state storage technologies. The deal was valued at around $119 million. NexGen Storage had raised around $10 million in VC funding from Grotech Ventures, Access Venture Partners and Next World Capital. Partners.

Georgia-Pacific, an Atlanta-based subsidiary of Koch Industries, has agreed to acquire Buckeye Technologies Inc., a Memphis, Tenn.-based maker of specialty fibers and nonwoven materials made from wood and cotton. The deal is valued at approximately $1.5 billion (including debt), or $37.50 per share.

GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) said that it is seeking a buyer for drink brands Lucozade andRibena, which could be worth more than $1.5 billion.

The Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX: POT) has abandoned its efforts to acquire Israeli fertilizer maker Israel Chemicals, in which Potash holds a 14% stake.

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