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EU mergers and takeovers (Jan 24)

(Updates with Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp new deadline)

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


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

-- Chemicals distributor Univar to acquire plastics distributor Nexeo (approved Jan. 23)

-- Etem Belgium and Gestamp North Europe Services to create two joint ventures (approved Jan. 23)

-- Japan’s Denso Corp and Aisin Seiki to set up a joint venture in powertrains for electric and hybrid vehicles (approved Jan. 23)


-- U.S. global investment firm KKR to acquire indirect joint control of Australia’s Genesis Care Pty Ltd. with Hong Kong holding company China Resources (notified Jan. 22/deadline Feb. 26/simplified)




JAN 28

-- German car parts makers Aunde and Brose to set up a joint venture (notified Dec. 12/deadline Jan. 28/simplified)

JAN 29

-- Agricultural merchant Cargill and grains trader Archer Daniel Midland to set up a joint venture (notified Dec. 13/deadline Jan. 29/simplified)


-- United Arab Emirates-based Mubadala Investment Company and Amerra Capital Management LLC to jointly acquire majority stakes in Greek fish farming companies Nireus and Selonda (notified Dec. 18/deadline Feb. 1)


-- 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)


-- France’s EPIC SNCF Gares & Connexions and Ceetrus to set up a joint venture to create a new company SEMOP (notified Dec. 21/deadline Feb. 6/simplified)

-- CVC Capital Partners to acquire installation company Ahlsell AB (notified Dec. 21/deadline Feb. 6/simplified)

-- French sea transportation company CMA CGM to acquire sole control over Swiss freight forwarding and logistics company CEVA (notified Dec. 21/deadline Feb. 6/simplified)

-- Global real estate investor Ivanhoe Cambridge to acquire joint control with Australia’s Macquarie of U.S.-based RHP Platform and RHP Manager (notified Dec. 21/deadline Feb. 6/simplified)

-- China’s Fosun to obtain passively de facto control of German fashion company Tom Tailor (notified Dec. 21/deadline Feb. 6/simplified)

FEB 11

-- French financial services group Societe Generale to acquire sole control of German peer Commerzbank’s equity markets and commodities business (notified Jan. 7/deadline Feb. 11)

-- Global packaging supplier Amcor to acquire U.S.-rival Bemis (notified Dec. 12/deadline Feb. 11/Amcor offered concessions on Feb. 21)

FEB 12

-- French airline Air France-KLM to acquire a stake and joint control with U.S. Delta Air Lines and Virgin Group of U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic Limited (notified Jan. 8/deadline Feb. 12)

-- Japanese trading and investing company Sumitomo Corp. to acquire joint control of Mahindra Summit Agriscience Ltd. with original sole owner Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. (notified Jan. 8/deadline Feb. 12/simplified)

FEB 13

-- Singapore’s Sivantos and Denmark’s Widex to create a hearing aid and hearing accessory manufacturing and supply joint venture (notified Jan. 9/deadline Feb. 13)

-- IRCP and Diamond Transmission Corporation Ltd. to have joint control of joint venture Diamond Transmission Partners (notified Jan. 9/deadline Feb. 13/simplified)

-- Swedish shipping company Stena Rederi to create short-sea transport services joint venture with German logistics company Glovis Europe (notified Jan. 9/deadline Feb. 13/simplified)

-- Japan’s JERA, Australia’s Macquarie, Ørsted and Taiwanese Swancor to jointly control holding company Formosa 1 to develop and construct an offshore windfarm in Taiwan (notified Jan. 9/deadline Feb. 13/simplified)

FEB 14

-- Investment manager Infrared, Allianz and independent fund management company DIF to acquire joint control of holding company Daiwater Investment Ltd. (notified Jan. 10/deadline Feb. 14/simplified)

-- OMERS Infrastructure and French telecoms operator Altice France to acquire joint control of French fiber network business SFR FTTH (notified Jan. 10/deadline Feb. 14/simplified)

FEB 15

-- Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC to acquire joint control of mobile-tracking technology firm Fleet Complete (notified Jan. 11/deadline Feb. 15/simplified)

-- Italy’s Società Cattolica di Assicurazione – Società cooperativa and France’s Inter Mutelles Assistance S.A. to acquire joint control over Italian non-life insurance and non-life reinsurance company IMA Italia Assistance S.p.A. and IMA Servizi S.c. a r.l. (notified Jan. 11/deadline Feb. 15/simplified

FEB 18

-- Siemens and Alstom to merge their railway operations (notified June 8/deadline extended to Feb. 18 from Jan. 28 after the companies offered concessions)

-- Korea’s climate control systems company Hanon to acquire part of Magna’s cooling and pump technology company Rotor (notified Jan. 14/deadline Feb. 18/simplified)

-- U.S.-established Ares Management Corp. and energy company Electricite de France SA to acquire joint control over a Duesseldorf office complex owned by an IKB AG subsidiary (notified Jan. 14/deadline Feb. 18/simplified)

-- Private equity firm Triton to acquire sole control of online tour operator Sunweb (notified Jan. 14/deadline Feb. 18/simplified)

FEB 19

-- Japanese technology group NEC to acquire sole control of Danish IT company KMD Holding (notified Jan. 15/deadline Feb. 19/simplified)

FEB 20

-- German brewers Radeberger and Veltins to set up a joint venture to distribute and sell their beers (notified Jan. 16/deadline Feb. 20/simplified)

-- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Danfoss to take joint control of Edinburgh-based hydraulics technology firm Artemis Intelligent Power (notified Jan. 16/deadline Feb. 20/simplified)

-- Japanese heating, ventilation and air conditioning manufacturer Daikin Europe to acquire sole control of plug-in display case manufacturer Cool International Holding (notified Jan. 16/deadline Feb. 20/simplified)

FEB 21

-- Automotive parts manufacturer Financiere SNOP Dunois S.A. to acquire sole control of peer Tower Automotive Holdings Europe (notified Jan. 17/deadline Feb. 21/simplified)

-- Caise des Depots et Consignations and a unit of Swiss Life REIM to jointly buy a building in Bracon, France (notified Jan. 17/deadline Feb. 21/simplified)

-- A consortium led by China’s Anta Sports to acquire Finland’s Amer Sports (notified Jan. 17/deadline Feb. 21/simplified)

FEB 22

-- Swiss insurance company Swiss Life Holding and English private equity firm Montagu Private Equity to indirectly acquire joint control of a Munich office building through an asset deal (notified Jan. 18/deadline Feb. 22/simplified)

FEB 26

-- German utility RWE to acquire networks and renewables unit Innogy with the assets to be divided between RWE and E.ON (notified Jan. 22/deadline Feb. 26)

-- IIF Int’l Holding to acquire joint control of gas infrastructive business North Sea Midstream Partners Ltd. (notified Jan. 22/deadline Feb. 26/simplified)


-- 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)


--- Germany’s Thyssenkrupp and India’s Tata Steel to set up a steel joint venture (notified Sept. 25/deadline April 29)


-- 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)



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 Clare Roth;)