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Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

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Nov 30 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Monday:

** Facebook Inc said it would buy customer service startup Kustomer, as the world's largest social network adds tools to attract more sellers to its platforms.

** Business information provider S&P Global Inc agreed to pay $44 billion in stock to acquire IHS Markit Ltd in the year's biggest acquisition that will create a new data powerhouse serving Wall Street and the corporate world.

** China's biggest private steel producer, Jiangsu Shagang Group, said it will invest 14.8 billion yuan ($2.25 billion) in buying up and modernising steel mills in central Henan province in a project to create a high-end manufacturing base.

** AXA, Europe's second biggest insurer, has agreed to sell its insurance operations in the Gulf region to Gulf Insurance Group (GIG) for $269 million, AXA said.

** Shares in Siltronic jumped after the German silicon wafer maker said it was in advanced talks to be bought by Taiwan's GlobalWafers in a 3.75-billion-euro ($4.5 billion) deal.

** Vienna Insurance Group will buy Dutch insurer Aegon's Central and Eastern European business for 830 million euros ($993 million), cementing Vienna's regional lead and raising cash for Aegon to cope with the coronavirus crisis.

** Pets at Home Group said it had bought veterinary telehealth provider The Vet Connection for 15 million pounds ($20.03 million) as it looks to capitalise on remote consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

** Singapore's DBS Group said it had completed its takeover of distressed Lakshmi Vilas Bank, helping it shift from a largely digital presence in India to having hundreds of branches.

** Canadian security firm GardaWorld said it has further extended its cash offer for larger rival G4S, which has repeatedly rejected the hostile bid valuing the British company at about 3 billion pounds ($4 billion).

** Electric-vehicle maker Lion Electric Co said it would go public through a merger with blank-check company Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp.

** Private equity firm Altus Capital launched a bid for up to 29.9% shares in Russian children's goods retailer Detsky Mir , offering a significant premium to the market price and raising concerns among some industry watchers.

** Commodity chemicals maker PPG Industries said it would buy coatings manufacturer Ennis-Flint in a deal valued at about $1.15 billion.

** Abu Dhabi's biggest sovereign fund is in talks with U.S. firm KKR to invest in Telecom Italia's (TIM) last-mile network in a deal that has drawn scrutiny from Italy's government, three sources close to the matter told Reuters. (Compiled by Eva Mathews and Dania Nadeem in Bengaluru)