EU mergers and takeovers (May 11)

Wed May 11, 2011 8:46am EDT

 BRUSSELS, May 11 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under
review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU
merger process:
 
 APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS:
 -- Private equity fund Altor Fund III to acquire sole
control of Swedish energy company E.ON ES from E.ON Sverige AB
(EONGn.DE) (approved April 28)
 
 NEW LISTINGS:
 -- Canadian private equity firm Onex (OCX.TO) to acquire
U.S. door maker JELD-WEN (notified May 10/deadline June
17/simplified)
-- French telecoms company Vivendi (VIV.PA) to acquire a 44
percent stake in French telecoms operator SFR from British
mobile operator Vodafone (VOD.L) (notified May 6/deadline June
16/simplified)
 -- U.S. auto interiors maker Johnson Controls (JCI.N) to
acquire German auto parts manufacturer Keiper and the automotive
business of Recaro Group (notified May 6/deadline June 16)
 -- Austrian building materials maker Wienerberger to acquire
control of Austrian tile maker Wibra Beteiligungs which owns a
joint stake in tile producer Tondach Gleinstatten (notified May
6/deadline June 16/simplified)
 -- U.S. group Danaher (DHR.N) to acquire U.S. medical
diagnostics company Beckman Coulter BEC.N (notified May
6/deadline June 16)
 -- Indian group Aditya Birla to acquire U.S.-based Columbian
Chemicals (notified May 5/deadline June 15)
 -- Russian holding company Linea, which owns a major stake
in Russian mining company Eurochem, to acquire additional shares
in Russian holding company Donalink, which holds a major stake
in Russian coal miner SUEK (notified April 5/deadline June
15/simplified)
 -- German auto insurers HUK, HDI and WGV to acquire online
price comparison site Aspect Online (notified May 4/deadline
June 14/simplified)
 -- Private equity firm Advent to acquire British insurance
services provider Towergate (notified April 26/deadline June
1/simplified)
 -- Private equity firm PAI to acquire French equipment
rental operator Kiloutou (notified April 26/deadline June
1/simplified)
 -- Private equity firm Sun Capital to acquire Polestar UK
Print Ltd (notified April 19/deadline May 30/simplified)
 -- Western Digital Corp WDC.N to acquire Hitachi's
(6501.T) hard disk drive business (notified April 20/deadline
May 31)
 -- German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) and German car rental
company Sixt to set up a joint venture (notified April
18/deadline May 27/simplified)
 
 EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES:
 None
 
 FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE
 
 MAY 11
 -- Private equity fund First Reserve to acquire joint
control of Italian energy unit Ansaldo Energia which is owned by
Italian defence group Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI) (notified March
31/deadline May 11)
 -- British oil major BP's (BP.L) Russian joint venture
TNK-BP to acquire BP Holdings' minority stake in the Nam Con Son
gas pipeline in Vietnam which is owned by PetroVietnam Gas
Corporation, BP Pipelines Vietnam B.V. and U.S. oil company
ConocoPhillips Vietnam AS (COP.N) (notified March 31/deadline
May 11/simplified)
 
 MAY 12
 -- Japanese trading giant Itochu Corp (8001.T) to acquire
British tyre seller Kwik Fit [PAIPRK.UL] (notified April
1/deadline May 12)
 
 MAY 13
 -- U.S. maker of scientific instruments Thermo Fisher
(TMO.N) to acquire chromatography systems company Dionex
Corporation DNEX.O (notified April 4/deadline May 13)
 
 MAY 16
 -- PetroChina (601857.SS) to acquire a stake in British
chemical group Ineos' European refining business [INEOS.UL]
(notified April 5/deadline May 16)
-- Holding company Linea, which controls holding company
Eurochem, to acquire shares in holding company Donalink, which
controls Russian coal miner Open Joint Stock company Siberian
Coal Energy Company (SUEK) (notified April 5/deadline May
16/simplified)
 
 MAY 18
 -- Germany chemicals company BASF (BASFn.DE) and British
peer Ineos to set up a styrenics joint venture (notified April
7/deadline May 18)
 -- Gazprom to indirectly acquire sole control of energy
seller and services company GWH, a joint venture between Gazprom
export and Centrex (notified April 7/deadline May 18/simplified)
 
 MAY 19
 -- Chinese oil and chemicals firm Sinochem to acquire a 50
percent stake in the anti-infectives business of Dutch chemicals
company DSM (DSMN.AS) (notified April 8/deadline May 19)
 
 MAY 20
 -- Private equity investors Towerbrook, York Global Finance
and Apollo to acquire joint control of tile maker Monier
(notified April 11/deadline May 20/simplified)
  -- British-based private equity investment firm TowerBrook
Capital Partners (TowerBrook), investment management firm York
Global Finance 51 SARL (York) and portfolio investment firm AIF
VII Euro Holdings, LP (Apollo VII) to acquire Luxembourg-based
Monier Holdings SCA (Monier Group) (notified April 11/deadline
May 20/simplified)
 
 MAY 24
 -- Aeroports de Paris and French advertising agency JCDecaux
(JCDX.PA) to set up an advertising joint venture (notified April
13/deadline May 24/simplified)
 
 MAY 26
 -- Norwegian conglomerate Orkla (ORK.OL) to acquire control
of Norwegian solar equipment maker Renewable Energy Corp
(REC.OL) (notified April 15/deadline May 26/simplified)
 -- British private equity firm Advent International to
acquire Hungarian pet food producer Provimi Pet Food (notified
April 15/deadline May 26/simplified)
 
 MAY 27
 -- Private equity firms Oaktree Capital Management
[OAKCP.UL] and TPG [TPG.UL] to acquire joint control of North
American housebuilder Taylor Morrison Homebuilding Business from
British housebuilder Taylor Wimpey (TW.L) (notified April
18/deadline May 27/simplified)
 -- Luxembourg-based steelmaker ArcelorMittal's (ISPA.AS)
Germany subsidiary to acquire German coke producer Kokerei
Prosper and also a 27.95 percent stake in Arsol Aromatics GmbH
(notified April 18/deadline May 27)
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