April 29, 2013 / 5:21 PM / in 5 years

EU mergers and takeovers (April 29)

BRUSSELS, April 29 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:




-- Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut to buy the cocoa business of Singaporean group Petra Foods (notified April 26/deadline June 6)

-- Austrian chemical company Borealis to buy French oil giant Total’s GPN fertiliser business and a majority stake in Belgium-based Rosier (notified April 26/deadline June 6)

-- Brazilian investment fund 3G Capital, and Berkshire Hathaway to acquire joint control of U.S. ketchup maker H. J. Heinz Co (notified April 24/deadline June 4)

-- Syral China Investment, which is part of Tereos International, and Wilmar China New Investments, which is a unit of the Wilmar group, to acquire joint control of Liaoning Jinxin Biology & Chemistry which is now solely owned by Wilmar (April 24/deadline June 4/simplified)

-- Austrian mall developer Spar and the property arm of German insurer Allianz to set up a property joint venture (notified April 22/deadline May 31/simplified)





-- German rail operator Deutsche Bahn to acquire sole control of eastern European bus services company Veolia Transport Central Europe which is a majority-owned unit of French transport company Veolia Transport Transdev Group (notified March 21/deadline April 30)


-- Dutch insurer Aegon to acquire Spanish bank Santander’s insurance subsidiaries Santander Vida and Santander Generales (notified March 27/deadline May 7)


-- RAG trust and buyout firm CVC Capital Partners to sell part of their shares in German chemicals company Evonik Industries (notified April 2/deadline May 8/simplified)

-- Distributor Export Trading Company Holdings (ETC), SCPE, which is the private equity arm of British bank Standard Chartered, investment funds Pemgrofund and Carlyle Commodities to acquire joint control of ETC Group (notified April 2/deadline May 8/simplified)

MAY 13

-- Food processor McCain Foods Group to buy potato products supplier Lutosa Business (notified April 3/deadline May 13)

MAY 14

-- Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro and Norwegian peer Orkla to merge their extruded aluminium units via a joint venture (notified March 18/deadline extended to May 14 from April 25 after Norsk Hydro offered concessions)

MAY 15

-- Warner Music Group, which is owned by Access Industries Inc, to acquire Parlophone Label Group from Vivendi’s Universal Music Group (notified April 5/deadline May 15)

MAY 16

-- Private equity firm Rhone Capital to purchase bakery products maker CSM Bakery Supplies (notified April 8/deadline May 16/simplified)

-- Czech group Agrofert to buy Italian pasta maker Barilla’s German bakery chain Lieken AG (notified April 8/deadline May 16/simplified)

MAY 17

-- French insurer Sogecap, which is part of French bank Societe Generale, and Cardif Assurance Vie, which is a subsidiary of French bank BNP Paribas, to jointly acquire a real estate developer (notified April 9/deadline May 17)

-- Swedish truck maker Volvo to set up a joint venture with China’s Dongfeng Motor Group Co (notified April 9/deadline May 17/simplified)

-- Australian warehouse operator Goodman Group to acquire a stake in a container terminal owned by ports operator DP World Limited, which is part of Dubai World (notified Aprill 9/deadline May 17/simplified)

MAY 27

-- Private equity firms KKR and Bregal Fund to jointly invest in private school operator Cognita (notified April 16/deadline May 27/simplified)

-- Tokia Rubber, which is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries, to buy car parts maker Anvis Group GmbH from H.I.G. Capital (notified April 16/deadline May 27)

MAY 29

-- Swedish industrial holding company Lindengruppen and Swedish asset management company Foundation Asset Management Sweden to jointly acquire Swedish metalS powder manufacturer Hoganas (notified April 18/deadline May 29/simplified)

-- Otsuka Pharmaceutical, which is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co, and Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co to acquire stakes in Claris Otsuka Ltd which is owned by Indian drugmaker Claris Lifesciences Ltd (notified April 18/deadline May 29/simplified)

MAY 31

-- L. Possehl Co & mbH to buy metal supplier Cookson Precious Metals Business (notified April 22/deadline May 31/simplified)

-- Canada Life, which is a subsidiary of Canadian life insurer Great-West Lifeco, to acquire Irish Life (notified April 22/deadline May 31)


-- Finnish paper producer Ahlstrom to merge with a unit of Swedish company Munksjo, which is partly owned by private equity fund EQT (notified Oct. 31/deadline extended for the second time to June 7 from May 16 after Ahlstrom offered concessions)


-- U.S. communications company Syniverse Technologies to buy Luxembourg-based communications services company Mach (notified Nov. 16/deadline extended for the third time to June 20 from May 30 after Syniverse offered additional commitments)


-- Greek carrier Aegean Airlines to buy Olympic Air (notified Feb. 28/deadline extended for the second time to Sept. 3 from April 23 after the Commission opened an in-depth investigation)


-- Swedish refiner Nynas to purchase certain assets from Royal Dutch Shell’s Harburg refinery (notified Feb. 19/deadline extended for the second time to Sept. 6 from Aug. 8)



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.

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