24 ноября 2008 г. / , 16:06 / через 9 лет

EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 24)

BRUSSELS, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The following are proposed mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures under review by the European Commission, and a brief guide to the EU merger process:


-- Japanese automation systems maker Omron Corp 6645.OS and Ficosa International SA, a Spanish maker of auto parts, form a joint venture to make advanced driver assistance systems (approved Nov. 24)

-- MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co, present in energy businesses and controlled by investment group Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N), to acquire power generation and energy supplier Constellation Energy Group Inc CEG.N (approved Nov. 24) -- Austrian IT services firm Raiffeisen Informatik GmbH, jointly controlled by commercial and investmant bank Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG and Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederosterreich-Wein AG, acquires German software and license reseller PC-Ware Information Technologies AG (approved Nov. 24)


-- Japanese electronics conglomerate Fujitsu Ltd (6702.T) to acquire the Netherlands’ Fujitsu Siemens Computers Holding BV, a provider of IT services and products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (notified Nov. 20/deadline Jan. 6/simplified)

-- French electricity and gas giant GdF Suez GSZ.PA, through subsidiary Electrabel Deutschland AG, and German municipal utility WSW Wuppertaler Stadtwerke GmbH to take joint control of German local energy supplier WSW Energie & Wasser AG (notified Nov. 18/deadline Dec. 23/simplified)

-- Jersey-registered EN+ Group Ltd, owned by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s diversified Basic Element Group, to buy Russian oil and gas exploration counterpart OAO NK Russneft and its subsidiaries (notified Nov. 18/deadline Dec. 23/simplified)

-- Britain’s London & Continental Railways, which owns the UK arm of the Eurostar, through logistics and warehousing subsidiary KXC (EXCEL) GP Investment Ltd, and British private fund managers Argent King’s Cross Nominee Ltd to take joint control of a newly formed entity (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22/simplified)




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-- Rail Cargo Austria AG, a freight transport and forwarding company, to buy Hungarian peer MAV Cargo (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29/on Sept. 23, deadline extended to Oct. 13/clock reset on Oct. 13/new deadline Nov. 11/on Nov. 6, deadline extended again to Nov. 25)

-- Swedish mobile telecoms equipment maker Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and chipmaker STMicroelectronics (STM.PA) form Swiss joint ventures JVD and JVS (notified Oct. 21/deadline Nov. 25)

-- British private equity fund BC Funds, managed by CIE Management II Ltd and advised by BC Partners Ltd, active in various sectors throughout Europe, to acquire Germany’s Starkstrom Geratebau, which makes electrical power transformers (notified Oct. 21/deadline Nov. 25/simplified)


-- Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) of Germany, UK financial services group Lloyds TSB (LLOY.L) and Antin Infrastructure Partners FCPR, an investment fund sponsored by French bank BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA), to acquire Porterbrook Leasing Co Ltd and subsidiaries, which supply operating leases for railway rolling stock and equipment to British train operators (notified Oct. 27/deadline Dec. 1)

-- Italian environmental services and renewable energy provider Greenvision VISA.MI and Japanese trading firm Itochu Corp (8001.T) form a joint venture to acquire Greenvision’s ambiente Photo Solar Srl, a designer of photo-voltaic systems (notified Oct. 27/deadline Dec. 1/simplified)

-- Swiss meat processor Bell Holding AG BELN.S, owned by the Coop group, to acquire meat and sausages maker Zimbo Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH & Co KG (notified Oct. 27/deadline Dec. 1/simplified)


-- German industrial services and materials supplier ThyssenKrupp Services AG, owned by ThysennKrupp AG (TKAG.DE), buys Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Rohm Kunststoffe GmbH, a seller of semi-finished plastic products and related services (notified Oct. 29/deadline Dec. 3/simplified)

-- French banking and insurance group BNP Paribas SA (BNPP.PA) to buy Fortis FOR.BRFOR.AS entities Fortis Bank SA/NV, Fortis Bank Luxembourg SA and Fortis Insurance Belgium SA/NV (notified Oct. 29/deadline Dec. 3)


-- Iberdrola Renovables SA IBR.MC, a renewable electricity arm of Spanish utility Iberdrola (IBE.MC), to acquire Gamesa Group’s GAM.MC wind farm developer Gamesa Energia SAU (notified Oct. 30/deadline Dec. 4).


-- French diversified group Kuehne & Nagel Sarl KNIN.VX to buy Alloin Holding SAS, a French transport services and freight forwarding firm (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified)

-- French services firm Sodexho SA (EXHO.PA) to buy Zehnacker Group GmbH, a German provider of facility management services (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified)

-- French financial services group Societe Generale (SOGN.PA), through online retail banking and brokerage affiliate Boursorama SA FMTX.PA, to form a joint venture with Spanish retail and savings bank La Caixa CRIT.MC to provide online banking services in Spain (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified)

-- Austrian mortgage lender RBSK Group, through its subsidiary Raiffeisen Bausparkasse GmbH [RBGES.UL]; German banking and insurance firm DZ Bank DGBGg.F, through its Bausparkasse Schwaebisch Hall AG arm; and Raiffeisen Bank SA of Romania, a subsidiary of Austrian investment and commercial bank RZB RIBH.VI, to take joint control of Romanian mortgage lender HVB Banca pentru Locuinte SA (notified Oct. 10/deadline Dec. 5/simplified)

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