SAO PAULO, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Investment funds linked to
businessman Nelson Tanure have bought around 26% of medical
diagnostics company Alliar, he said on Thursday,
complicating a proposed takeover by hospital chain Rede D'Or
Tanure released a statement after markets closed saying he
had become Alliar's biggest individual shareholder, acquiring an
additional 21.14% stake on Thursday from funds managed by Patria
Investments Ltd. On Wednesday, a fund linked to Tanure reported
that it had built a 5.13% stake in Alliar.
He has no plans to change Alliar's management, Tanure said.
"We believe that medical diagnosis is a promising sector in
Brazil," Tanure said, adding that his daughter was a physician
with investments in other healthcare companies.
Shares in Alliar jumped as much as 15% after business news
website Brazil Journal first reported Tanure's aggressive buying
on Thursday, before trimming gains to 6% at the closing bell.
Tanure's move came after hospital chain Rede D'Or on Monday
announced a tender offer to acquire Alliar for 1.36 billion
reais ($252 million), paying 11.50 reais per share.
Alliar shares surged as high as 14.18 reais on Thursday
afternoon before closing at 13.06 reais.
Shares of Rede D'Or, which aims to expand beyond its
hospital business with the acquisition, were little changed.
Alliar and Rede D'Or did not reply to requests for comment.
($1 = 5.3877 reais)
(Reporting by Carolina Mandl; additional reporting by Anthony
Boadle in Brasilia;
editing by Brad Haynes and Steve Orlofsky)