EU mergers and takeovers (May 31)

BRUSSELS, May 31 (BestGrowthStock) – The following are mergers under
review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU
merger process:

APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS:

None

NEW LISTINGS:

— Total Petrochemicals Feluy, part of French oil major
Total (TOTF.PA: ), to acquire the Belgian polystyrene production
operations of Polimeri Europa, which is the chemicals subsidiary
of Italian oil and gas group ENI (ENI.MI: ) (notified May
26/deadline June 30)

— U.S. electronic components distributor Avnet (AVT.N: ) to
acquire U.S. IT distributor Bell Micro Inc (BELM.O: ) via a merger
of its subsidiary AVT Acquisition Corp and Bell Micro (notified
May 28/deadline July 2)

EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES:

None

FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE:

MAY 27

— 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 May 27)

— 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
(notified April 19/deadline May 27/simplified)

MAY 31

— Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever (ULVR.L: )
acquires Sara Lee Corp’s (SLE.N: ) personal care brands (notified
April 21/deadline May 31)

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)

Stock Market Advice

— Private equity firm Warburg Pincus acquires British
discount retailer Poundland (notified May 7/deadline June
16/simplified)

EU mergers and takeovers (May 31)