EU mergers and takeovers (June 1)

BRUSSELS, June 1 (BestGrowthStock) – 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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EU mergers and takeovers (June 1)