EU mergers and takeovers (Dec 11)

BRUSSELS, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:


-- French aerospace and defence group Thales to acquire Franco-Dutch chipmaker Gemalto (approved Dec. 11)

-- Copper company KME, which is part of Intek Group , to acquire German peer MKM Mansfelder Kupfer and Messing GmbH (approved Dec. 11)

-- U.S. battery maker Energizer Holdings to acquire Spectrum Brands’ battery and portable lighting business (approved Dec. 11)

-- Chemicals company Quaker Chemical Corp and Hinduja Group’s Houghton International to merge (approved Dec. 11)

-- U.S. asset manager the Carlyle Group to acquire U.S. aviation investment manager Apollo Aviation Holdings Ltd (approved Dec. 10)kwr

-- Investment manager CVC Capital Partners and financial company Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group to acquire title loan provider for the underbanked segment of Thai consumers, Ngern Tid Lor Company Limited together with its direct and indirect subsidiaries (approved Dec. 10)

-- French tire manufacturer and distributor Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin to acquire sole control of Canadian tire and track manufacturer and distributor Camso Inc. and its subsidiaries (approved Dec. 10)

-- Insurance provider Generali CEE, subsidiary of Assicurazioni Generali, to acquire direct sole control over insurance and asset management company in Slovenia and Croatia, Adriatic Slovenica, Zavarovalna druzba and indirect control over its subsidiaries (approved Dec. 10)


-- Grains merchant Archer Daniels Midland to acquire French animal feed business Neovia (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21/simplified)


-- UK mobile telephony provider Vodafone to acquire U.S. Liberty Global’s telecommunications business in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania (notified Oct. 19/deadline Nov. 27/deadline extended to May 2 after the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation)


DEC 11

-- German chemicals company BASF SE and Solenis to combine their paper and water chemicals businesses, which will then be 49 percent owned by BASF and the rest by U.S. private equity investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) (notified Nov. 6/deadline Dec. 11)

DEC 13

-- Chinese electronic manufacturer Haier Group to acquire Italian domestic appliance manufacturer Candy S.p.A. (notified Nov. 8/deadline Dec. 13)

DEC 18

-- German energy company E.ON, via its subsidiary E.ON Drive Infrastructure, and Finnish energy company Helen Oy to acquire joint control of Finnish e-mobility software company Liikennevirta Oy (notified Nov. 13/deadline Dec. 18/simplified)

DEC 20

-- Packaging companies Amcor Limited, Arctic Jersey Limited, Arctic Corporation and Bemis, Amcor and Bemis to combine through a merger of Bemis, Amcor and Bemis into New Holdco (notified Nov. 15/deadline Dec. 20)

DEC 21

-- Investment fund IFM Investors and commodities trader Vitol to jointly acquire oil products terminal operator VTTI, which is now jointly controlled by Vitol Holding BV and Buckeye Partners (notified Dec. 5/deadline Jan. 21/simplified)

-- CP VII, a fund managed by global alternative asset manager Carlyle, to acquire risk management services provider Sedgwick (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21)

-- New York private investment firm Cerberus Group to acquire UK creative brand merchandising solutions company Marke Creative Merchandise (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21/simplified)

-- French energy company Engie to acquire joint control of Windplus with utility company EDP Renewables and energy company Repsol Nuevas Energias (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21/simplified)

-- Investment company BC European Capital X to acquire indirect sole control of South East Europe telecoms and media provider United Group (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21)

-- Nordic investment and asset management company CapMan Group of companies and Korean asset management company NH-Amundi Asset Management to acquire 50 percent of shares of an onshore wind farm in Sweden from sole controller Green Investment Group Limited (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21/simplified)


-- Japanese car maker Toyota Motor Corp and Monet Technologies Corporation, jointly controlled by Japanese SoftBank Corporation, to set up a Japanese software platform joint venture (notified Nov. 19/deadline Jan. 3/simplified)

-- Japanese steel trading company Metal One Corp, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp, and trading and investment company Sumitomo Corporation to acquire joint control of Metal One Pipe & Tubular Products Inc., a subsidiary of Metal One (notified Nov. 19/deadling Jan. 3/simplified)


-- U.S. soft drinks company Coca-Cola Co to acquire coffee chain Costa (notified Nov. 20/deadline Jan. 4)


-- Japanese industrial company MinebeaMitsumi to acquire Japanese peer U-Shin (notified Nov. 22/deadline Jan. 8/simplified)


-- Autolaunch and Beijing Automotive Group subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle Co to set up a joint venture (notified Nov. 23/deadline Jan. 9/simplified)

-- China Reinsurance Group Corp to acquire insurer Chaucer from U.S. insurer Hanover Insurance Group (notified Nov. 23/deadline Jan. 9/simplified)

JAN 10

-- Turkish pension fund OYAK to acquire Portuguese cement producer Cimpor (notified Nov. 26/deadline Jan. 10/simplified)

-- Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company Q.P.S.C., a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, will acquire joint control alongside DV4 Limited, Oxford Jersey Holding Company Limited and Stichting Depositary APG Strategic Real Estate Pool over an existing UK real estate undertaking (notified Nov. 26/deadline Jan. 10/simplified)

-- Private investment manager Apollo Management to acquire Bermuda insurance company Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (notified Nov. 26/deadline Jan. 10/simplified)

JAN 11

-- Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corp and Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp to launch a Japanese full-function joint venture, MOBILOTS Corp, to supply financing for vehicles (notified Nov. 27/deadline Jan. 11/simplified)

-- Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corp and Japanese Toyota Motor Corp to launch a Japanese full-function joint venture, KINTO Corp, to supply mobility services (notified Nov. 27/deadline Jan. 11/simplified)

-- German drink producer and distributor Dr. August Oetker Finanzierungs- und Beteiligungs-GmbH to acquire 49 percent of German F & B - Food and Beverage Services GmbH, a subsidiary of Transgourmet Deutschland GmbH & Co. (notified Nov. 27/deadline Jan. 11/simplified)

JAN 15

-- MML Capital Partners Fund VI GP Ltd to acquire joint control of Peggy Holdco Limited, a subsidiary of Australian funds management company Macquarie European Investment Holdings Limited (notified Nov. 29/deadline Jan. 15/simplified)

-- A6 Invest 9 TF, acting on behalf of Astorg Asset Management, and Montagu Private Equity LLP to acquire joint control of plastic drug delivery systems manufacturer, Nemera Capital and its subsidiaries (notified Nov. 29/deadline Jan. 15/simplified)

-- French logistics services company Bollore Africa Logistics and Dutch operator of container terminals APM Terminals BV to acquire joint control of Ivory Coast container terminal constructor Cote d’Ivoire Terminal (notified Nov. 29/deadline Jan. 15/simplified)

JAN 18

-- Private equity fund Equistone Partners Europe to acquire French sporting goods retailer Courir (notified Dec. 4/deadline Jan. 18/simplified)

-- Swiss distributor of IT products and services SoftwareONE Holding to acquire sole control of German distributor of IT products and services COMPAREX AH (notified Dec. 4/deadline Jan. 18/simplified)

JAN 21

-- Distributor of auto parts Digital Auto Parts, controlled by private equity investment firm Bain Capital investors, to acquire online retail auto parts distributor Oscaro Group (notified Dec. 5/deadline Jan. 21/simplified)

JAN 23

-- India’s UPL Corp to acquire U.S. chemicals maker Platform Specialty Products Corp’s agrochemicals business Arysta LifeScience (notified Dec. 7/deadline Jan. 23)

JAN 25

-- German company BASF to acquire Belgian chemicals company Solvay’s worldwide polyamide business (notified May 22/deadline Jan. 25/concessions offered on Oct. 15)

JAN 28

-- Siemens and Alstom to merge their railway operations (notified June 8/deadline Jan. 28)


-- German copper products maker Wieland-Werke to acquire German copper smelter Aurubis’ flat rolled products unit Products Schwermetall (notified June 13/deadline extended to Feb. 2 from Jan. 17 after Wieland-Werke submitted concessions)

MAR 26

--- Germany’s Thyssenkrupp and India’s Tata Steel to set up a steel joint venture (notified Sept. 25/deadline extended to March 26 from March 19 after the companies asked for more time)


-- Electronic and motor manufacturing company Nidec to acquire sole control of U.S. white goods maker Whirlpool Corp’s compressor subsidiary Embraco (notified Oct. 8/deadline extended to April 15 from Nov. 28 after the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation)


-- Steel company Aperam to acquire Netherlands producer of materials from nickel and nickel alloy VDM Metals Holding (notified Oct. 23/deadline extended to April 16 from Nov. 29 after the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation)



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. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee)