Midweek M&A Madness

Here are some potential target ideas, rumored or official, to jumpstart your deal pipeline.

Our sources are various news reports and the Buyouts “Seeking Buyers” list.

For prior lists, see below, and send any additions my way.

Extra-long since we missed a week while I was at Private Equity Analyst last week.

The Merckle family in Germany may need to sell Ratiopharm, its generic drug maker, in pieces, according to Bloomberg. The family is now seeking buyers for drug wholesaler Phoenix Group, Swiss generic-drug maker Mepha Group and HeidelbergCement AG assets.

Springer Science+Business Media, did not receive satisfactory bids in the auction for a stake sale. The German academic publisher may consider selling of the entire company, according to Bloomberg.

Tom Ford , a New York-based fashion design company, working with Credit Suisse to raise upwards of $50 million to launch a line of women’s wear. (Read more here)

Cliffstar Corp., a New York-based private label juice maker, is working with Morgan Stanley to sell itself. The company expects to take first round bids in the next week. (Read more here)

Tele Columbus, a German cable network company, could soon be up for sale, according to Dow Jones. The company is owned by Escaline and hired Citigroup for a potential deal.

Vivendi SA, owner of the world’s largest music company, may decide at an Oct. 14 board meeting to sell its stake in NBC Universal, according to Bloomberg.

Baseline Oil & Gas Corp., a Houston, Texas, based oil and gas exploration and production company which is bankrupt, is seeking a buyer.

Bluewater Broadcasting LLC, a Montgomery, Alabama-based provider of radio broadcasting services, is seeking a buyer. The company is owned by Alta Communications.

Caruso Homes, a Crofton, Maryland-based provider of home design services is seeking a buyer.

First Colony Holdings, a New York real estate investment firm, is seeking a buyer for the company.

Freedom Communications Inc., a California-based newspaper publisher, is seeking a buyer.

Gigabeam Corp., a North Carolina-based marker of wireless communication devides, is bankrupt and seeking a buyer.

Neurobiological Technologies, an Emeryville, Calif.-based biotechnology company, is seeking a buyer.

NYSE Euronext is seeking a buyer for NYSE Amex. Potential bidders includes Bank of America Corp., Barclays PLC, Citadel Investments Group, Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. and UBS AG.

Sacino’s Formalwear, an apparel chain store operator based in St. Petersburg, Fla., is seeking a buyer. The company is bankrupt.

Samsonite Corp.’s company stores unit is seeking a buyer. The company sells luggage and is based in Mansfield, Mass.

Hollinger Inc.’s Sun-Times Media Group Inc. majority owned subsidiary is seeking a buyer via auction. James Tyree and STMG Holdings LLC were named as potential bidders.

Tronox Inc., which is bankrupt, isseeking a buyer for its certain operating assets. The transaction was to include the titanium dioxide facilities in the Netherlands and the US, 50 percent interest in titanium dioxide mine and beneficiating operations in Western Australia, and electrolytic production facilities in the US. Huntsman Pigments LLC, a unit of Huntsman Corp., was named potential bidder.

Whitehall Jewelers Holdings, bankrupt and based in Chicago, is seeking a buyer for its intellectual property assets through an auction.

Everton Resources, based in Ottawa, Ontario, is studying strategic alternatives on its Quebec lithium project, the company said.

ASAT Holdings, a provider of semiconductor package design, assembly and test services based in Hong Kong, is seeking strategic alternatives. ASAT has hired Macquarie Capital to provide strategic advisory services

PinnacleDigest, an online financial magazine, announced it engaged Houlihan Lokey, to assist the company in exploring and evaluating strategic alternatives.

Leadis Technology Inc., a semiconductor developer based in San Jose, Calif., is looking at liquidating its assets and dissolving the company.

Kesselring Holding Corp., a construction company based in Sarasota, has engaged Searchlight Partners LLC to assist it in evaluating strategic alternatives.

Planet Organic Health Corp., a natural products maker and retailer listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, continues to explore strategic alternatives as it works through its debt default. The company is currently negotiating a forbearance agreement with lenders.

DC Shoes, a segment of clothing retailer Quicksilver which was on the block, was unable to find a buyer. The company appointed a new president last week.

Zambia seeks buyers for its 75% stake in Zambia Telecommunications. The company would like to retain 25% of the South African telecom company.

The Merckle family in Germany may need to sell Ratiopharm, its generic drug maker, in pieces, according to Bloomberg. The family is now seeking buyers for drug wholesaler Phoenix Group, Swiss generic-drug maker Mepha Group and HeidelbergCement AG assets.

Springer Science+Business Media, did not receive satisfactory bids in the auction for a stake sale. The German academic publisher may consider selling of the entire company, according to Bloomberg.

Tele Columbus, a German cable network company, could soon be up for sale, according to Dow Jones. The company is owned by Escaline and hired Citigroup for a potential deal.

Vivendi SA, owner of the world’s largest music company, may decide at an Oct. 14 board meeting to sell its stake in NBC Universal, according to Bloomberg.