June 1, 2010 / 10:24 AM / 7 years ago

EU mergers and takeovers (June 1)

 BRUSSELS, June 1 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:
  
 APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS:
 -- French national lottery operator La Francaise des Jeux and French hotel, casino and tourist group le Groupe Lucien Barriere to set up a joint venture for Internet gambling (approved May 21)
  
 NEW LISTINGS:
 -- Private equity firms Warburg Pincus and Silver Lake to acquire financial data provider Interactive Data Corp IDC.N (notified May 31/deadline July 5/simplified)
 -- Chemicals distributor Univar Europe Holdings B.V., which is controlled by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, acquires chemical product distributor Eurochem Holding B.V. (notified May 28/deadline July 2)
 -- Spanish publisher Grupo Planeta to acquire a stake in Spanish media club Circulo de Lectores from German media group Bertelsmann AG [BERT.UL],(notified May 31/deadline July 5)
  
 EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES:
 -- Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever (ULVR.L) acquires Sara Lee Corp’s SLE.N personal care brands (notified April 21/deadline extended to Oct. 5 from May 31 after Commission opens in-depth investigation)
 -- Eurovia, part of construction group Vinci, acquires six subsidiaries from the Tarmac Group, which is owned by mining group Anglo American (AAL.L) (notified April 19/deadline extended to June 10 from May 27 after a referral request from national competition regulators)
  
 FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE: 
  
 JUNE 2
 -- U.S. electrical products maker Cooper Industries CBE.N plc and U.S. industrial group Danaher Corp (DHR.N) acquire joint control of a joint venture for parts of their tools businesses (notified April 23/deadline June 2/simplified)
  
 JUNE 4
 -- Private equity firm Advent International acquires British furniture retailer DFS (notified April 27/deadline June 4)
  
 JUNE 7
 -- Swiss agrochemicals company Syngenta SYNN.VX to acquire U.S. peer Monsanto’s (MON.N) global hybrid sunflower seeds business (notified April 28/deadline June 7)
  
 JUNE 8
 -- Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners to acquire a stake in telecommunications company R Cable from Spanish savings bank Caixanova (notified April 29/deadline June 8/simplified)
  
 JUNE 14
 -- German discount retailer Lidl acquires Plus Trei Romania and Plus Trei Bulgaria (notified May 5/deadline June 14)
  
 JUNE 16
 -- Gazprom Germania, a subsidiary of OOO Gazprom Export, which is wholly owned by OAO Gazprom (GAZP.MM), and Italian utility A2A Spa (A2.MI) to operate an Italian gas joint venture (notified May 7/deadline June 16)
 -- Private equity firm Warburg Pincus acquires British discount retailer Poundland (notified May 7/deadline June 16/simplified)
  

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