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Byline: Gerald C. Magpily
Real estate companies and banks accounted for more than half of this week's transactions on the Top 10 International Deals of the Week.
French property group Sophia SA's agreement to sell itself to Fonciere Lyonnaise SA for $1.715 billion was the biggest deal of the week. Behind its was the $709 million purchase by Macquarie Bank Ltd. of Britain's South East Water Ltd., currently owned by French conglomerate Bouygues SA. The Australian bank is known for investing in airports, toll roads and other infrastructure projects in …