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EU mergers and takeovers (Oct 8)

BRUSSELS, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The following are mergers underreview by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EUmerger process:

APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS

-- Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP to buy photoagency Getty Images Inc from private equity firm Hellman &Friedman LLC (approved Oct. 8)

-- U.S. drugmaker Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc to buySwiss peer Actavis Group (approved Oct. 5)

NEW LISTINGS

-- Japanese conglomerate Toyota Tsusho Corp toacquire distributor CFAO (notified Oct. 5/deadlineNov. 13/simplified)

-- General Electric and consulting and outsourcinggroup Accenture to acquire indirect joint control of anewly set up U.S. joint venture (notified Oct. 4/deadline Nov.12/simplified)

EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES None FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE OCT 11

-- Private equity firms Carlyle and BC Partnersto acquire U.S. industrial pumps maker Hamilton SundstrandIndustrial which is owned by United Technologies Corp(notified Sept. 6/deadline Oct. 11/simplified)

OCT 12

-- U.S. technology distributor Ingram Micro Inc toacquire rival BrightPoint Inc (notified Sept.7/deadline Oct. 12)

OCT 15

-- Austrian engineer Andritz to purchase Germanpeer Schuler (notified Sept. 10/deadline Oct. 15)

OCT 22 -- OAO VTB Bank and Corporate Commercial Bank

to acquire Bulgarian mobile operator BulgarianTelecommunications Co (BTC) (notified Sept. 17/deadline Oct.22/simplified)

OCT 24

-- French agricultural products producer Vivescia to acquiremiller Atrixo (notified Sept. 19/deadline Oct. 24/simplified)

OCT 26

-- U.S. fund Brookfield Infrastructure to buy astake in Spanish toll road operator Abertis as part ofa joint deal to acquire a stake in OHL's highway assetsin Brazil (notified Sept. 21/deadline Oct. 26/simplified)

OCT 29

-- Belgian insurer Ageas to acquire the Britishnon-life insurance busienss of French peer Groupama (notifiedSept. 24/deadline Oct. 29/simplified)

OCT 30 -- Investment firm Carlyle Group LP to buy Dupont's

car paint business (notified Sept. 25/deadline Oct.30/simplified)

-- Private equity firm Triton to purchase EuropeanDirectories (notified Sept. 25/deadline Oct. 30/simplified)

-- Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to acquire amajority stake in the decorative surfaces unit owned by IllinoisTool Works Inc (notified Sept. 25/deadline Oct.30/simplified)

OCT 31

-- German car parts supplier Continental AG tocooperate with South Korean SK Innovation inlithium-ion battery technology for electric cars (notified Sept.26/deadline Oct. 31/simplified)

NOV 5

-- Private equity firm Sun Capital Partners to acquireBritish drinks maker Rexam's cosmetics, toiletries and householdcare business (notified Sept. 27/deadline Nov. 5)

NOV 8

-- Commodities trader Glencore to acquire minerXstrata (notified Oct. 2/deadline Nov. 8)

NOV 9 -- Hungarian oil and gas company MOL and JSCKazMunaiGas Exploration Production , which ismajority-owned by Kazakh state oil and gas company JSC NationalCompany KazMunaiGas to set up an oil and gas joint venture(notified Oct. 3/deadline Nov. 9/simplified) NOV 12

-- Swiss insurer Helvetia Insurance to acquireFrench insurer Groupama's French shipping insurance portfolio(notified Oct. 4/deadline Nov. 12)

NOV 16 -- Finnish group Outokumpu to acquire Germangroup ThyssenKrupp's Inoxum stainless steel unit(notified April 10/deadline extended for the third time to Nov.16 from Oct. 24 after Outokumpu offered commitments) NOV 30

-- Hong Kong's Hutchison 3G, which is part of HutchisonWhampoa , to acquire telecoms operator Orange Austriafrom France Telecom (notified May 7/deadline extendedfor the third time to Nov. 30 from Nov. 27 to allow a markettest of Hutchison 3G's concessions)

JAN 15 -- U.S. mail delivery company United Parcel Service Inc

to acquire Dutch peer TNT Express (notifiedJune 15/deadline extended for the fourth time to Jan. 15 fromDec. 20 after the European Commission asked for more time)

FEB 6

-- Ryanair to acquire Aer Lingus (notifiedJuly 24/deadline extended for the second time to Feb. 6 fromJan. 14)

GUIDE TO EU MERGER PROCESS DEADLINES:

The European Commission has 25 working days after a deal isfiled for a first-stage review. It may extend that by 10 workingdays to 35 working days, to consider either a company's proposedremedies or an EU member state's request to handle the case.

Most mergers win approval but occasionally the Commissionopens a detailed second-stage investigation for up to 90additional working days, which it may extend to 105 workingdays.

SIMPLIFIED:

Under the simplified procedure, the Commission announces theclearance of uncontroversial first-stage mergers without givingany reason for its decision. Cases may be reclassified asnon-simplified -- that is, ordinary first-stage reviews -- untilthey are approved.

(Editing by Foo Yun Chee)

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Keywords: EU MERGERS/TAKEOVERS