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EU mergers and takeovers (Jan 6)

BRUSSELS, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:


-- U.S. conglomerate Koch Industries to acquire U.S. peer Guardian Industries (approved Jan. 6)


-- U.S. factory automation equipment maker Emerson Electric Co to buy pump manufacturer Pentair Plc's valves and controls business (notified Jan. 3/deadline Feb. 7)

-- Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd to buy UK firm Micheldever Group (notified Jan. 5/deadline Feb. 2/simplified)


-- Chinese state-owned company China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) to acquire Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta (notified Sept. 23/deadline extended to April 12)

-- UK engineering company Smiths Group to acquire U.S.-based Morpho Detection from French aerospace company Safran (notified Nov. 23/deadline Jan. 19 after commitments submitted)

-- Chinese insurance company Fosun to acquire German fashion house Tom Tailor (withdrawn on Dec. 14)


JAN 11

-- U.S. medical devices maker Abbott Laboratories to acquire U.S. diagnostics company Alere (notified Nov. 29/deadline Jan. 11)

JAN 13

-- Investment firm HIG Capital to acquire shares in Dutch recycling company Ecore (notified Dec. 1/deadline Jan. 13/simplifed)

JAN 17

-- German automotive parts supplier Rheinmetall Automotive and Chinese automobile radiator company Zhejan Yinlun Machinery to form joint venture JV (notified Dec. 5/deadline Jan. 17/simplified procedure)

-- U.S. investment firm KKR & Co. to take sole control of Japanese auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei Corp (notified Dec. 5/deadline Jan. 17/simplified)

JAN 18

-- Private equity firm Permira to acquire online fashion products retailer Schustermann & Borenstein (notified Dec. 6/deadline Jan. 18/simplified)

-- Private equity firm Permira to acquire German fashion retailer and exporter Schustermann & Borenstein (notified Dec. 6/deadline Jan. 18/simplified)

JAN 19

-- Smiths Detection U.S. Holdings, subsidiary of British technology group Smiths Group, to acquire sole control of U.S.-based Morpho Detection (notified Nov. 23/deadline Jan. 19)

JAN 20

-- U.S. investment group KKR to acquire a majority stake in Swedish bed and mattress maker Hilding Anders (notified Dec. 8/deadline Jan. 20/simplified)

-- South Africa's Barloworld Ltd and Germany's BayWa to establish BHBW joint venture for agriculture and materials handling operations in southern Africa (notified Dec. 8/deadline Jan. 20/simplified)

-- U.S. investment group KKR to acquire a majority stake in Swedish bed and mattress maker Hilding Anders (notified Dec. 8/deadline Jan. 20/simplified)

-- South Africa's Barloworld Ltd and Germany's BayWa to establish BHBW joint venture for agriculture and materials handling operations in southern Africa. (notified Dec. 8/deadline Jan. 20/simplified)

JAN 23

-- France's Schneider Electric and DB Energie to form a joint venture (notified Dec. 9/deadline Jan. 23/simplified)

JAN 25

-- Japanese holding company Sompo Holdings Inc to acquire New York-listed insurer Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd (notified Dec. 13/deadline Jan. 25/simplified)

JAN 26

-- Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation and Ube Industries to acquire joint control of electrolytes makers Changshu MC Ionic Solutions CN Co Ltd and AET Electrolyte Technologies (Zhangjiagang) Co. Ltd (notified Dec. 14/deadline Jan. 26/simplified)

-- EP Investment and EP Investment II to jointly acquire Czech utility Energeticky a prumyslovy holding, a.s. (EPH) (notified Dec. 14/deadline Jan. 26/simplified)

JAN 30

-- ArcelorMittal Distribution Services France and Cellino to create a joint venture Steelcame Srl active in industrial sheet metal workshop and steel distribution (notified Dec. 16/deadline Jan 30)

JAN 31

-- Hitachi Chemical Company and Italy's Fiamm to form joint venture in automotive and industrial lead-acid batteries (notified Dec. 19/deadline Jan 31/simplified)

-- Austria's Alpha Bank and investment management firm Centerbridge to take joint control over debt management service coordinator Kaican (notified Dec. 19/deadline Jan 31/simplified)


-- REI Germany Cross Docks and CBRE Group Inc together with Poste Vita to acquire indirect joint control of over 10 real estate assets in Germany (notified Dec. 21/deadline Feb. 2/simplified)

-- Private equity investor Advent International Corp to acquire industrial parts maker Brammer (notified Dec. 21/deadline Feb. 2/simplified)

-- Canada-listed holding company Fairfax (FFH.TO )and Sagard Holdings, a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, to acquire joint control of sports good manufacturer PSG (notified Dec. 21/deadline Feb. 2/simplified)


-- Private equity firm Cerberus Group to buy majority stake in Staples Europe from Staples (notified Dec. 22/deadline Feb. 3/simplified)

-- UK private equity fund adviser Apax Partners to take sole control of diagnostic service provider Unilabs (notified Dec. 22/deadline Feb. 3/simplified)


-- TPG Capital to acquire majority stake in Intel Corp's cyber security unit (notified Dec. 23/deadline Feb. 6/simplified)

-- Bunge to buy two European oilseed processing facilities from Cargill (notified Dec. 23/deadline Feb. 6)

-- Swedish private equity fund Altor Fund IV to acquire rest of customer service provider Transcom Worldwide (notified Dec. 23/deadline Feb. 6/simplified)

FEB 23

-- German cement producers Heidelbergcement and Schwenk to jointly acquire Mexican peer Cemex's Croatian unit (notified Sept. 5/deadline extended to Feb. 23 from Oct. 10 after the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation)

FEB 28

-- U.S. chemicals company Dow Chemical to merge with DuPont (notified June 22/deadline Feb. 28)


-- Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange plan to merge (notified Aug. 24/deadline extended to March 6 from Feb. 13 after the companies asked for more time, then by further five working days)



-- Azerbaijan's state energy company SOCAR to buy stakes in Greek natural gas grid operator DESFA from Greek natural gas utility DEPA (notified Oct. 1/deadline suspended on Jan. 21)



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.

(Compiled by Foo Yun Chee)