EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 26)


BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (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:


-- Swedish mobile telecoms equipment maker Ericsson and chipmaker STMicroelectronics form Swiss joint ventures JVD and JVS (approved Nov. 26)

-- Rail Cargo Austria AG, a freight transport and forwarding company, to buy Hungarian peer MAV Cargo (approved 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 (approved Nov. 26)


-- Norwegian oil and gas group StatoilHydro and Finnish motor fuel retail supplier St1 Oy take joint control of jet fuel retailer St1 Avifuels Oy of Finland (notified Nov. 19/deadline Jan. 5)

-- Luxembourg private equity funds Nuclobel Lux 1 S.a.r.l and Nuclobel Lux 2 S.a.r.l, controlled by Britain's Permira Holdings LLP, acquire joint control of Britain's NDS, which provides technical services to pay-TV broadcasters and is solely controlled by U.S. diversified media group News Corp (notified Nov. 20/deadline Jan. 6/simplified)

-- German retailer REWE and Swiss retailer Coop eG take joint control of German wholesaler transGourmet Holding SE (notified Nov. 18/deadline Dec. 23/simplified)

-- UK-registered Evonik Power Minerals GmbH, owned by German Evonik Industries AG [RUHR.UL], active in chemicals, energy and real estate; and British waste management, transportation and mining firm Hargreaves Services Plc, belonging to the Hargreaves Group, form joint venture Evonik Hargreaves Ltd (notified Nov. 20/deadline Jan. 6/simplified)

-- Hong Kong deep-sea container services provider Hutchison Ports Taranto B.V c/o, owned by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd Group , and Taiwan shipping firm Evergreen Marine Corp , part of the Evergreen Group, take joint control of Italy's Taranto Container Terminal S.p.A, which provides terminal services at the port of Taranto (notified Nov. 18/deadline Dec. 23)


-- Dow Chemical Co , a U.S. chemical maker, to acquire U.S. specialty chemicals counterpart Rohm & Haas (notified Nov. 10/deadline Dec. 15/extended to Jan. 8/on Nov. 25, deadline extended to Jan. 8)



-- Deutsche Bank AG of Germany, UK financial services group Lloyds TSB and Antin Infrastructure Partners FCPR, an investment fund sponsored by French bank BNP Paribas , to buy Porterbrook Leasing Co Ltd, 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 and Japanese trading firm Itochu Corp 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 , 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 , 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 group BNP Paribas SA to buy Fortis entities Fortis Bank SA/NV, Fortis Bank Luxembourg SA and Fortis Insurance Belgium SA/NV (notified Oct. 29/deadline Dec. 3)


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


-- French diversified group Kuehne & Nagel Sarl 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 to buy Zehnacker Group GmbH, a German provider of facility management services (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified)

-- France Societe Generale , through online retail banking and brokerage affiliate Boursorama SA , to form a JV with Spanish retail and savings bank La Caixa 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 , through its Bausparkasse Schwaebisch Hall AG arm; and Raiffeisen Bank SA of Romania, a subsidiary of Austrian investment and commercial bank RZB , to take joint control of Romanian mortgage lender HVB Banca pentru Locuinte SA (notified Oct. 10/deadline Dec. 5/simplified)


-- French utility group EDF SA , through special purpose vehicle Lake Acquisitions, to buy UK-based utility British Energy (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 8)

-- Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to acquire U.S. biopharmaceutical and generic drugs marketer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc (notified Nov. 3/deadline Dec. 8)

-- French risk capital investment firm Apax Partners SA to acquire French information and technology consultancy Altran Technologies (notified Nov. 3/deadline Dec. 8/simplified)

DEC 10

-- French water and waste management group Veolia Environnement , through its subsidiary Veolia Transport, to acquire French sea transport firm SNCM (notified Nov. 5/deadline Dec. 10/simplified)

-- Bosch Rexroth AG, a subsidiary of German auto parts maker Robert Bosch GmbH [ROBG.UL], buy Swedish hydraulic drive systems maker Hagglunds Drives AB (notified Nov. 5/deadline Dec. 10)

DEC 11

-- Bank of America to acquire U.S. investment bank Merrill Lynch (notified Nov. 6/deadline Dec. 11/simplified)

DEC 12

-- British aerospace engineering firm GKN plc , through subsidiary GKN Aerospace Services Ltd, to buy Airbus Filton operations, which make and assemble aircraft wing components, owned by Airbus UK and Airbus SAS . (notified Nov. 11/ deadline Dec. 12/simplified)

-- Danish heating and refrigeration components company Danfoss and Danish solar collectors company SolarCAP acquire joint control of a newly created company active in development and sale of integrated solar pumps (notified Nov. 7/deadline Dec. 12/simplified)

DEC 15

-- Spanish financial group Banco Santander and German financial services institution LASG acquire Spanish payment card company Diners Club Spain (notified Nov. 10/deadline Dec. 15/simplified)

DEC 16

-- Spanish air transport company Iberia acquires two Spanish air transport companies, Vueling and Clickair (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 16)



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