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EU mergers and takeovers


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





-- Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways to acquire 49 percent stake in Italian airline Alitalia (notified Sept. 29/approved Nov. 14)


-- Private equity firm KKR and German insurer Allianz to acquire indirect joint control of vending machine operator Selecta (notified Oct. 13/deadline Nov. 17)





-- Private equity firm EQT to acquire German engineering groups Siemens's hearing-aids business (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 19/simplified)


-- CCMP Capital to acquire 47 percent stake in PQ Corp from Carlyle Group (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 19/simplified)


-- U.S. investment management firm Varder Partners to acquire 51 percent of Spanish bank Popular's credit card business (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 12/simplified)


-- Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems, a subsidiary of China's biggest automaker SAIC Motor Corp., to acquire Johnson Control's auto interiors business (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 19/simplified)


-- Privately-held Czech airline Travel Service to take a 34 percent stake in national carrier Czech Airlines (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 12


-- ReAssure to acquire HSBC's pensions manufacturing business (notified Nov. 13/deadline Dec. 18/simplified)







-- French telecoms operator Orange to acquire Spanish provider Jazztel (notified Oct. 16/deadline extended to Dec. 4 from Nov. 20 after the Spanish competition authority asked to review the case/commitments submitted on Nov. 13)






NOV 13


-- Chemicals company Albemarle to buy specialty chemicals producer Rockwood Holdings Inc (notified Oct. 9/deadline Nov. 13)



NOV 14


-- Mexican chemicals producer Mexichem to buy German plastic maker Vestolit (notified Oct. 10/deadline Nov. 14)



NOV 16


-- Private equity firms Blackstone and TPG to jointly acquire British mortgage lender Kensington Group plc (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 16/simplified)



NOV 17


-- Private equity firm 3i to acquire Diamond Holding GmbH from German jewellery retailer Group Christ Juweliere und Unrmacher Seit (notified Nov. 12/deadline Dec. 17/simplified)



NOV 18


-- Property developer RREEF, a unit of Deutsche Bank , and German property consultancy ECE to jointly acquire properties (notified Oct. 14/deadline Nov. 18)



NOV 21


-- Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Ltd and Spanish transport services provider Ferrovial Aeropuertos S.A.U. which is part of Spanish builder Ferrovial, to acquire joint control of British airport operator Airport Holdings NDH1 from Heathrow Airports Holdings Ltd (notified Oct. 17/deadline Nov. 21)



NOV 24


-- South Korea's Lotte Chemical Corp to acquire Versalis Elastomers Co. Ltd, which is a joint venture between Italian energy group ENI subsidiary Versalis and Lotte (notified Oct. 20/deadline Nov. 24/simplified)



NOV 26


-- Aerospace group Airbus and French engine maker Safran to set up a joint venture (notified Oct. 8/deadline extended to Nov. 26 from Nov. 12 after the companies offered concessions)


-- Chinese conglomerate Fosun to purchase French holiday group Club Mediterranee (notified Oct. 22/deadline Nov. 26/simplified)


-- Private equity firm Blackstone to acquire Alliance Automotive from Weinberg Capital Partners (notified Oct. 22/deadline Nov. 26)



NOV 28


-- U.S. medical device maker Medtronic Inc to acquire Irish peer Covidien (notified Oct. 10/deadline extended to Nov. 28 from Nov. 14 after Medtronic offered concessions)


-- Canadian pension fund Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan to acquire minority stake in laundry solutions company CSC ServiceWorks from private equity firm Pamplona Capital Management (notified Oct. 24/deadline Nov.28/simplified)


-- Spanish insurance company Mapfre to buy the Italian and German businesses of Direct Line, Britain's largest motor insurer (notified Oct. 24/deadline Nov. 28/simplified)





-- Dutch insurer Aegon to acquire a 51 percent stake in Spanish insurers Aegon Santander Vida and Aegon Santander Nao Vida, which are now solely owned by Spanish bank Santander (notified Oct. 27/deadline Dec. 1/simplified)


-- Mondelez International Inc and competitor D.E Master Blenders to merge their coffee businesses in new company called Jacobs Douwe Egberts (notified Oct. 27/deadline Dec. 1)


-- Oil major BP to acquire jet fuel business Statoil Fuel and Retail Aviation (notified Oct. 27/deadline Dec. 1)





-- U.S. car seat and electrical power systems maker Lear Corp to acquire car leather producer Eagle Ottawa LLC from private< investment firm Everett Smith Group Ltd (notified Oct. 28/deadline Dec. 2/simplified)





-- French insurer CNP Assurances S.A. to acquire 51 percent of Santander Insurance Life Ltd, Santander Insurance Europe Ltd and Santander Insurance Services Ireland Ltd from Spanish bank Santander's (notified Oct. 30/deadline Dec. 4/simplified)





-- Malaysian palm oil producer Sime Darby Bhd to acquire New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified


-- U.S. chemicals company Eastman Chemical Co to buy U.S. peer Taminco Corp (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified)


-- Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners to buy U.S. business software maker Tibco Software Inc (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified)





-- U.S. healthcare information company IMS Health to acquire certain businesses from French healthcare software provider Cegedim (notified Nov. 4/deadline Dec. 9)



DEC 10


-- Santander Consumer Finance, part of Spanish bank Santander, and French car maker Peugeot S.A. (PSA) to set up a series of joint finance companies (notified Nov. 5/deadline Dec. 10)



DEC 11


-- Mining groups Anglo American and BHP Billiton to acquire joint control of manganese miner Samancor which is now solely controlled by BHP Billiton (notified Nov. 6/deadline Dec. 11/simplified)


-- Oil giant Saudi Aramco to buy a minority stake in South Korean refiner S-Oil Corp from Hanjin Group (notified Nov. 6/deadline Dec. 11/simplified)



DEC 15


-- France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim to merge (notified with commitments on Oct. 27/deadline Dec. 15)





-- Belgian telecoms group Telenet to acquire 50 percent stake in Belgian broadcasting company De Vijver Media (notified Aug. 18/deadline extended for the second time to March 5 from Feb. 5)





-- U.S. orthopaedic products maker Zimmer Holdings to acquire rival Biomet Inc (notified Aug. 29/deadline extended for the second time to March 11 from Feb. 16)





-- SOCAR, Azerbaijan's state energy company, to buy stakes in Greek natural gas grid operator DESFA from Greek natural gas utility DEPA (notified Oct. 1/deadline extended to March 23 from Nov. 5 after the Commission opened an in-depth probe)








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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