EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 30)


BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:


-- Spanish bank Santander to buy over 300 bank branches of British bank Royal Bank of Scotland (approved Nov. 29)


-- Rewe International and Salzburg AG to set up an electric car-sharing joint venture (notified Nov. 28/deadline Jan. 11/simplified)

-- Car2Go GmbH, a subsidiary of German car maker Daimler , to set up a car rental joint venture with car rental company Europcar (notified Nov. 25/deadline Jan. 10/simplified)

-- Virgin Money, the banking arm of the Virgin group, to acquire British state-owned bank Northern Rock (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22/simplified)


-- Spain's Unipapel to acquire European office products company Spicers from British packaging and office products company DS Smith (notified Oct. 28/deadline extended to Dec. 20 from Dec. 6 after Unipapel offers concessions)



-- Steelmaker ArcelorMittal's Dutch unit to acquire seaport terminal services company ATIC Services (notified Oct. 26/deadline Dec. 2)

-- Dutch supermarket C1000 to acquire SDB Supermarket from Jumbo Groep Holding B.V. (notified Oct. 26/deadline Dec. 2/simplified)

-- Dutch space technology company Astrium Holding to acquire Mobsat Holding Sarl Luxembourg, the holding company of Vizada Group (notified Oct. 26/deadline Dec. 2)


-- U.S. manufacturer Honeywell and Chinese energy company Sinochem Lantian Co to set up a polyurethane joint venture (notified Oct. 28/deadline Dec. 6/simplified)


-- Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Japanese trading company Mitsubishi Corp and ETA Ascon Holding LLC to acquire joint control of elevator supplier ETA Melco Elevator Co (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 7/simplified)


-- German mail and logistics company Hermes Europe and Armadillo Holding to set up a parcel delivery joint venture in Russia (notified Nov. 4/deadline Dec. 9/simplified)

-- Dong Energy Sales UK, a subsidiary of Denmark's Dong Energy to acquire British gas supplier Shell Gas Direct (notified Nov. 4/deadline Dec. 9)

-- Italian oil and gas group ENI to acquire Belgian gas supplier Nuon Belgium N.V. and its subsidiaries Nuon Wind Belgium N.V. and Nuon Power Generation Walloon N.V., which is owned by Dutch energy company Nuon (notified Nov. 4/deadline Dec. 9)

DEC 12

-- Austrian energy group Gazprom Schweiz, a subsidiary of Russian gas producer Gazprom, to acquire sole control of Italian gas distributor Promgas, which is now jointly controlled by Italian oil and gas company Eni and Gazprom (notified Nov. 7/deadline Dec. 12/simplified)

DEC 14

-- Waterland Private Equity Investments B.V. and investment vehicle Alychlo to acquire joint control of Belgian health products distributor Omega Pharma (notified Nov. 9/deadline Dec. 14)

DEC 15

-- Ivory Coast-based company Socimac, which is a subsidiary of A. P. Moller Maersk and French conglomerate Bollore to acquire joint control of port operator Societe d'Exploitation du Terminal de Vridi (notified Nov. 10/deadline Dec. 15/simplified)

DEC 16

-- U.S. oil producer Apache to acquire Mobil North Sea from U.S. oil major ExxonMobil (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 16/simplified)

DEC 19

-- German car maker Volkswagen to acquire control of Polish car distributors KPI Polska, Skoda Auto Polska and the financing and insurance business of Volkswagen Bank Polska S.A. and Volkswagen Leasing Polska Sp. Z o.o. (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 19)

-- Italian state-owned Cassa Depositi e Prestiti to acquire Italian oil and gas group Eni's gas transport pipeline which is now jointly controlled by Austrian energy company OMV and Eni(notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 19/simplified)

-- German chemicals company Evonik Degussa and German chemicals producer Treibacher Industries to set up a joint venture (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 19/simplified)

-- Danish liquefied natural gas shipping company Teekay LNG Operating, which is owned by maritime transport group Teekay LNG Operating, and Japanese trading house Marubeni to acquire joint control of LNG ship operator Maersk LNG from Danish oil and shipping group A. P. Moller Maersk (notified Nov. 14/deadline Dec. 19/simplified)

DEC 21

-- British insurer Aviva to acquire a stake in Spanish peer Pelago (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21/simplified)

-- Volkswagen Financial Services and Belgian car distributor D'Ieteren to set up a car financing joint venture (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21)

-- OCM Luxembourg, which is controlled by private investment firm Oaktree Capital Group Holdings, to acquire Spanish doughnut maker Panrico (Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21)

-- U.S. car rental services company Enterprise Holding , which is controlled by U.S. group Crawford Group, to acquire French car rental company Citer, which is owned by French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21)

-- German property developers Evonik Immobilien and THS to acquire joint control of property services company Herkules Projektgesellschaft (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 21/simplified)

-- Dutch private equity firm NPM Capital, which is a subsidiary of Dutch holding company SHV Holdings N.V., and British private equity firm Lion Capital LLP to acquire joint control of frozen snacks producer Buitenfood and Ad van Geloven Holding (notified Nov. 16/deadline Dec. 21)

DEC 22

-- Logistics services provider Rhenus to acquire British haulier Wincanton International which has subsidiaries in France, the Netherlands and Spain (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22/simplified)

-- HBO Sub, a subsidiary of U.S. cable network HBO which is owned by U.S. media company Time Warner, and Dutch cable company Ziggo HBO Netherland to set up a Dutch pay-TV services company joint venture (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22)

-- Dutch chemicals companies DSM Succinic Acid B.V. and Roquette to set up a biochemicals joint venture (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22/simplified)

-- South African transport group Imperial Holdings to aquire German logistics company Lehnkering Holdings from private equity firm Triton (notified Nov. 17/deadline Dec. 22)


-- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Company to acquire French car distributor Automobiles Hyundai France, German car distributor Hyundai Motor Deutschland, French spare parts supplier Frey Accessories & Parts S.A.R.L. and French car support services company FEA Services S.A.S. (notified Nov. 18/deadline Jan. 3/simplified)


-- Italian shipping company Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione S.r.l. and Marinvest Ltd to acquire joint control of Italian shipping company Trrenia (notified Nov. 21/deadline Jan. 4)


-- Russian steelmaker Evraz and Russian state-owned diamong miner Alrosa to set up a mining joint venture in Siberia (notified Nov. 24/deadline Jan. 9/simplified)

JAN 10

-- U.S. Internet search engine Google to acquire U.S. handset maker Motorola Mobility (notified Nov. 25/deadline Jan. 10)

JAN 23

-- Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext to merge (notified June 29/deadline extended to Jan. 23 from Dec. 22 after the operators submitted concessions)


-- U.S. healthcare company Johnson & Johnson to acquire Swiss medical devices maker Synthes Inc (notified Sept. 27/deadline extended to March 19, 2012 from Nov. 3 after the Commission opened an in-depth probe)


-- German sugar company Suedzucker to acquire a 25 percent stake in


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