EU to decide on Zimmer's $13.4 bln Biomet deal by July 9

BRUSSELS, June 4 Wed Jun 4, 2014 12:19pm EDT

BRUSSELS, June 4 (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators will decide by July 9 whether to clear U.S. orthopedic products maker Zimmer Holdings Inc's $13.4 billion bid for Biomet Inc, one of several recent takeovers in the pharmaceutical industry.

The deal will push Zimmer up to the No. 2 spot behind Johnson & Johnson.

Zimmer sought EU clearance on June 3, the European Commission's website showed on Wednesday. The EU competition watchdog can either clear the deal, demand concessions or open a lengthy investigation if there are regulatory concerns.

Zimmer expects to close the deal in the first quarter of 2015. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Erica Billingham)

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