EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 25)

BRUSSELS, Nov 25 (BestGrowthStock) – The following are mergers under
review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU
merger process:

APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS:

— French GDF Suez (GSZ.PA: ) to take control of power
generation assets in joint venture with Italian peer Acea
Electrabel (ACE.MI: ) (approved Nov. 24)

NEW LISTINGS:

— Brazilian groups Votorantim and Fischer to merge
(notified Nov. 24/deadline Jan. 7)

— Private equity firms First Reserve Corporation and
Blackstone (BX.N: ) to acquire joint control of North American oil
refinery operator PBF Energy (notified Nov. 24/deadline Jan.
7/simplified)

— Tranquilidade, part of financial group Espirito Santo
Financial Group, and Spanish banking and insurance group Banco
Pastor to acquire joint control of Spanish insurer Pastor Vida;
Spanish investment fund manager Espirito Santo Gestion to
acquire Spanish investment fund manager Gespastor (notified Nov.
22/deadline Jan. 5/simplified)

— Czech utility CEZ (CEZPsp.PR: ) and power company EPH to
acquire joint control of German coal miner Mibrag (notified Nov,
19/deadline Jan. 4)

— Bertrand Restauration and brewer Anheuser-Busch Inbev
France (ABI.BR: ) to acquire joint control of brewery developer
Bar & Co (notified Nov. 19/deadline Jan. 4/simplified)

— Private equity firm Carlyle to acquire certail retail
assets from German mail-order company Primondo (notified Nov.
19/deadline Jan. 4/simplified)

— U.S. industrial group GE (GE.N: ) to acquire U.S. oil
equipment maker Dresser Inc [DRESS.UL] (notified Nov.
19/deadline Jan. 4)

— Danish cooperative slaughterhouse copany Danish Crown to
acquire German peer D&S Fleisch (notified Nov. 23/deadline Jan.
6/simplified)

EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES:

None

FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE:

NOV 25

— Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to acquire a
stake in Dutch chemical company Univar [UNIV.UL] from CVC
Capital Partners [CVC.UL] (notified Oct. 19/deadline Nov. 25)

NOV 30

— German chemicals company BASF (BASFn.DE: ) to acquire peer
Cognis [COGNS.UL] (notified Oct. 8/deadline extended to Nov. 30
from Nov. 16 after company submitted commitments)

— Switzerland’s Schweitzerische Post and state-control
Austrian post office Osterreichische Post to form an advertising
joint venture (notified Oct. 22/deadline Nov. 30/simplified)

— U.S. buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR.N) to
acquire Norwegian software company Visma, which is indirectly
owned by Archangel, from private equity firm HgCapital (notified
Oct. 22/Nov. 30/simplified)

— Renco Group’s car parts unit Inteva Products LLC to
acquire the body systems business of U.S. car parts maker
ArvinMeritor Inc (ARM.N: ) (notified Oct. 22/deadline Nov. 30)

— U.S. chemicals maker Ashland (ASH.N: ) and Sud-Chemie to
form a joint venture in the foundry chemical sector (notified
Oct. 22/deadline Nov. 30)

DEC 2

— Irish glass product maker Ardagh Glass Group [ARDGR.UL]
to acquire metal packaging company Impress (notified Oct.
26/deadline Dec. 2)

— Private equity firm Sun Capital to acquire DSM Special
Products, which is owned by Dutch chemicals company DSM
Nederland B.V. (DSMN.AS: ), and certain intellectual property
rights assets from DSM IP Assets B.V. (notified Oct. 26/deadline
Dec. 2)

— Private equity firm Triton III Holdings to acquire German
lift components company Wittur Group (notified Oct. 26/deadline
Dec. 2)

DEC 6

— U.S. company Tyco Electronics (TEL.N: ) to acquire
broadband equipment maker ADC Telecommunications (ADCT.O: )
(notified Oct. 28/deadline Dec. 6)

DEC 7

— Danish pension insurers ATP and PFA Pension, Swedish
insurer Folksam Group and Danish financial consultancy CPOyving
to acquire Danish bank FIH Group (notified Oct. 29/deadline Dec.
7/simplified)

DEC 8

— Danish transport company DSB and British firm FirstGroup
plc to broaden their joint venture DSBFirst (notified Nov.
3/deadline Dec. 8/simplified)

— U.S. bug spray maker SC Johnson to acquire Sara Lee
Corp’s (SLE.N: ) remaining insecticide business (notified Nov.
3/deadline Dec. 8)

— Media group News Corp (NWSA.O: ) to take full control of
British pay-TV company BSkyB (BSY.L: ) (notified Nov. 3/deadline
Dec. 8)

DEC 10

— Schindler (SCHN.S: ) to merge its ALSO (ALSN.S: ) subsidiary
with German Droege International’s Actebis unit (notified Nov.
5/deadline Dec. 10)

DEC 14

— British bank Barclays (BARC.L: ) and French mortgage lender
Credit Foncier de France [CADEGF.UL], a subsidiary of French
retail bank BPCE [BPCE.UL], to joint acquire special purpose
vehicle Hexagone France 3 (notified Nov. 9/deadline Dec.
14/simplified)

— Thomas Cook (TCG.L: ) to merge its high street and foreign
exchange business with British mutual retailer Co-operative
group’s operation (notified Nov. 9/deadline Dec. 14)

DEC 16

— British healthcare group Alliance Boots [ABN.UL] to
acquire a majority stake in German drug distributor
Andreae-Noris Zahn AG (ANZAG) (ANZG.DE: ) (notified Nov.
11/deadline Dec. 16)

— Nokia Siemens Networks, a vemture of Nokia (NOK1V.HE: ) and
Siemens (SIEGn.DE: ), to acquire Motorola’s (MOT.N: ) telecom
network equipment business (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 16)

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