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EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 24)
November 24, 2016 / 5:31 PM / a year ago

EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 24)

BRUSSELS, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:


-- U.S. medical devices maker Abbott Laboratories to acquire U.S. peer St Jude (approved Nov. 23)

-- German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd to merge with Kuwait-based United Arab Shipping Co (approved Nov. 23)


-- UK engineering company Smiths Group to acquire U.S.-based Morpho Detection from French aerospace company Safran (notified Nov. 23/deadline Jan. 5)

-- Private equity firms Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa to acquire Polish e-commerce business Allegro and Polish price comparison website Ceneo from South African media and e-commerce company Naspers (notified Nov. 23/deadline Jan. 5/simplified)

-- Private equity firms CVC and Cinven to jointly acquire Luxembourg-based credit card provider NewDay Group Holdings (notified Nov. 22/deadline Jan. 4/simplified)




NOV 30

-- French car parts supplier Valeo to acquire German clutch maker FTE Group (notified Oct. 10/deadline extended to Nov. 30 from Nov. 16 after Valeo offered concessions)


-- French group Danone to acquire U.S. organic foods producer WhiteWave Foods Co (notified Oct. 26/deadline Dec. 2)

-- U.S. chemicals group Riechhold and Black Diamond Capital to acquire Italian polymers maker Polynt which is owned by Italian private equity group Investindustrial (notified Oct. 26/deadline Dec. 2)


-- French state-controlled post office La Poste’s freight delivery services unit Geopost and holding company Corfin 14 to jointly acquire parcel and freight delivery company BRT (notified Oct. 28/deadline Dec. 6/simplified)

-- U.S. software company Microsoft to acquire social network LinkedIn (notified Oct. 14/deadline extended to Dec. 6 from Nov. 22 after concessions offered)


-- Dutch private equity firm SHV Holdings N.V. to acquire home and garden building materials producer Deli Home and Garden (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 7/simplified)


-- Chinese aviation and shipping group HNA Group to acquire a stake in Air France-KLM’s catering business Servair (notified Nov. 3/deadline Dec. 8)

-- U.S. private equity firm Towerbrook Capital Partners to acquire Dutch company Van Dijk Educatie Beheer B.V. (notified Nov. 3/deadline Dec. 8/simplified)


-- Private equity firm Nordic Capital and a group of investors to jointly acquire Swedish online bank Nordnet (notified Nov. 4/deadline Dec. 9/simplified)

-- French tire maker Michelin and Limagrain, which is part of holding company and seed producer vilmorein & Cie, to jointly acquire French engineering company Exotic Systems (notified Nov. 4/deadline Dec. 9/simplified)

DEC 13

-- Investment company Egeria Industrials to acquire packaging maker Clondalkin Industries (notified Nov. 8/deadline Dec. 13/simplified)

-- Japanese company Nidec Corp to acquire U.S. factory automation equipment maker Emerson Electric’s motors and electric power division (notified Nov. 8/deadline Dec. 13/simplified)

-- NEC Corp and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp to jointly acquire Japanese joint venture Brees Corp (notified Nov. 8/deadline Dec. 13/simplified)

-- Swedish lender Nordea Bank and Norwegian financial group DNB Bank ASA to jointly acquire Swedish technology company Relacom Management (notified Nov. 8/deadline Dec. 13/simplified)

-- French insurer Axa and Danish public pension fund Arbejdsmarkedets Tillagspension to jointly acquire a Dutch hotel (notified Nov. 8/deadline Dec. 13/simplified)

DEC 14

-- Chinese industrial group Northeast Industries Group Co Lt, which is controlled by Chinese conglomerate North Industries Group Corp (Norinco), to acquire Delphi’s mechatronics business (notified Nov. 9/deadline Dec. 14/simplified)

-- Portuguese transport infrastructure company Brisa and Spanish retailer Areas, which manages concession spaces in transport hubs, will create joint venture BAS to take over food activities in designated service areas in Portugal(notified Nov. 9/deadline Dec. 14/simplified)

DEC 15

-- Italian utility Enel to acquire Italian fibre-optic company Metroweb which will merge with Enel Open Fiber, a joint venture with Italian state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) (notified Nov. 10/deadline Dec. 15/simplified)

DEC 16

-- French naval defence company DCNS and French fund SPI to take joint control of DCNS Energies (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 16/simplified)

-- French companies Engie Futures Energies, Omnes Capital and Predica Prevoyance Dialogue du Credit Agricole to jointly control French wind farm company Maia Eolis, previously controlled exclusively by Engie Futures Energies (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 16/simplified)

DEC 19

-- Germany’s Deutsche Post AG to acquire UK postal operator UK Mail Group (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 19/simplified)

DEC 20

-- UK retail property developer Hammerson and Irish life insurance and pension company Irish Life Assurance to jointly acquire Ilac Shopping Centre in Dublin (notified 15/deadline Dec. 20/simplified)

DEC 21

-- Irish technology distribution company Exertis, which is part of DCC PLC, to acquire UK data-storage company Hammer (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21)

-- Spanish publisher Grupo Planeta and Italian publisher De Agostini Libri to form joint venture publishing company DeA Planeta Libri in Italy (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21/simplified)

-- Funds managed by U.S. asset management company Bain Capital to acquire U.S. automotive business services provider MSX International (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21/simplified)

DEC 22

-- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES), IT services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprises, to acquire U.S. IT services group Computer Sciences Corp. Deal previously approved as CSC buying Hew Packard Enterprise Services on Sept. 19 (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22/simplified)

-- Coca Cola Company to buy 50 percent stake in Lithuanian mineral water producer Neptuno Vandenys from Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22)

-- Verizon Communications to acquire U.S. internet company Yahoo (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22)

DEC 23

-- Asset management company The Carlyle Group to acquire German public holding company KAP-Beteiligungs AG (notified Nov. 18/deadline Dec. 23/simplified)

-- Investment company Aurelius Group to acquire U.S. office supplies retailer Office Depot’s European operations (notified Nov. 18/deadline Dec. 23/simplified)

-- German financial services company Allianz and Dutch insurance company NN Group to acquire joint control over German student housing company The FIZZ. (notified Nov. 18/deadline Dec. 23/simplified)


-- Luxembourg insurance company Allianz Infrastructure Luxembourg I and UK fund management copmany Dalmore Capital to jointly acquire UK infrastructure provider Bazalgette Equity Limited. (notified Nov. 21/deadline Jan. 3/simplified)

FEB 13

-- Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange plan to merge (notified Aug. 24/deadline extended to March 6 from Feb. 13 after the companies asked for more time)

FEB 23

-- German cement producers Heidelbergcement and Schwenk to jointly acquire Mexican peer Cemex’s Croatian unit (notified Sept. 5/deadline extended to Feb. 23 from Oct. 10 after the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation)

FEB 28

-- U.S. chemicals company Dow Chemical to merge with DuPont (notified June 22/deadline Feb. 28)


-- Chinese state-owned company China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) to acquire Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta (notified Sept. 23/deadline March 29)


-- Azerbaijan’s state energy company SOCAR to buy stakes in Greek natural gas grid operator DESFA from Greek natural gas utility DEPA (notified Oct. 1/deadline suspended on Jan. 21)



The European Commission has 25 working days after a deal is filed for a first-stage review. It may extend that by 10 working days to 35 working days, to consider either a company’s proposed remedies or an EU member state’s request to handle the case.

Most mergers win approval but occasionally the Commission opens a detailed second-stage investigation for up to 90 additional working days, which it may extend to 105 working days.


Under the simplified procedure, the Commission announces the clearance of uncontroversial first-stage mergers without giving any reason for its decision. Cases may be reclassified as non-simplified - that is, ordinary first-stage reviews - until they are approved. (Compiled by Foo Yun Chee)

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