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EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 12)

BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS: -- Citi Venture Capital International, a subsidiary of Citigroup, and Bulgarian investment company Advance Properties to acquire Bulgarian pharmaceutical company Huverpharma (approved Nov. 12) NEW LISTINGS: -- British healthcare group Alliance Boots to acquire a majority stake in German drug distributor Andreae-Noris Zahn AG (ANZAG) (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 16) -- Nokia Siemens Networks, a vemture of Nokia and Siemens, to acquire Motorola's telecom network equipment business (notified Nov. 11/deadline Dec. 16) EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES: None FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE: NOV 12 -- Norwegian industrial company Aker and private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg to set up a joint venture (notified Oct. 6/deadline Nov. 12/simplified) NOV 18 -- British lender Lloyds TSB Bank and Sweden's Svenska Handelsbanken to acquire decisive influence over British industrial company Dyson Group via an exchange of bank borrowings for new shares (notified Oct. 12/deadline Nov. 18/simplified) NOV 23 - Energy group EDP Energias de Portugal to acquire sole control of Spanish energy company Naturgas, which is jointly controlled by EDP and Ente Basque Energy Board. (notified Oct. 15/deadline Nov. 23/simplified) -- U.S. auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc to acquire French suppier of materials for vehicle interiors Michel Thierry Group (notified Oct. 15/deadline Nov. 23) NOV 24 -- French GDF Suez to take control of power generation assets in joint venture with Italian peer Acea Electrabel (notified Oct. 18/deadline Nov. 24/simplified) NOV 25 -- Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to aquire a stake in Dutch chemical company Univar from CVC Capital Partners (notified Oct. 19/deadline Nov. 25) -- Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever to acquire Sara Lee Corp's personal care brands (notified April 21/deadline extended to Nov. 25 from Oct 26 after Unilever offers remedies) -- Swiss agrochemicals company Syngenta to acquire U.S. peer Monsanto's global hybrid sunflower seeds business (notified April 28/deadline extended to Nov. 25 after Syngenta offers commitments) NOV 26 -- Venture capital firm Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG, and France's La Poste Group to acquire joint control of technology company Blue Lion Mobile (notified Oct. 20/deadline Nov. 26/simplified) NOV 29 -- German carmaker Volkswagen to acquire German company Karmann's Metalgruppe technical division (notified Oct. 21/deadline Nov. 29) NOV 30 -- German chemicals company BASF to acquire peer Cognis (notified Oct. 8/deadline extended to Nov. 30 from Nov. 16 after company submitted commitments) -- Switzerland's Schweitzerische Post and state-control Austrian post office Osterreichische Post to form an advertising joint venture (notified Oct. 22/deadline Nov. 30/simplified) -- U.S. buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR.N) to acquire Norwegian software company Visma, which is indirectly owned by Archangel, from private equity firm HgCapital (notified Oct. 22/Nov. 30/simplified) -- Renco Group's car parts unit Inteva Products LLC to acquire the body systems business of U.S. car parts maker ArvinMeritor Inc (notified Oct. 22/deadline Nov. 30) -- U.S. chemicals maker Ashland and Sud-Chemie to form a joint venture in the foundry chemical sector (notified Oct. 22/deadline Nov. 30) DEC 2 -- Irish glass product maker Ardagh Glass Group to acquire metal packaging company Impress (notified Oct. 26/deadline Dec. 2) -- Private equity firm Sun Capital to acquire DSM Special Products, which is owned by Dutch chemicals company DSM Nederland B.V., and certain intellectual property rights assets from DSM IP Assets B.V. (notified Oct. 26/deadline Dec. 2) -- Private equity firm Triton III Holdings to acquire German lift components company Wittur Group (notified Oct. 26/deadline Dec. 2) DEC 6 -- U.S. company Tyco Electronics to acquire broadband equipment maker ADC Telecommunications (notified Oct. 28/deadline Dec. 6) DEC 7 -- Danish pension insurers ATP and PFA Pension, Swedish insurer Folksam Group and Danish financial consultancy CPOyving to acquire Danish bank FIH Group (notified Oct. 29/deadline Dec. 7/simplified) DEC 8 -- Danish transport company DSB and British firm FirstGroup plc to broaden their joint venture DSBFirst (notified Nov. 3/deadline Dec. 8/simplified) -- U.S. bug spray maker SC Johnson to acquire Sara Lee Corp's remaining insecticide business (notified Nov. 3/deadline Dec. 8) -- Media group News Corp to take full control of British pay-TV company BSkyB (notified Nov. 3/deadline Dec. 8) DEC 10 -- Schindler to merge its ALSO subsidiary with German Droege International's Actebis unit (notified Nov. 5/deadline Dec. 10) DEC 14 -- British bank Barclays and French mortgage lender Credit Foncier de France, a subsidiary of French retail bank BPCE, to joint acquire special purpose vehicle Hexagone France 3 (notified Nov. 9/deadline Dec. 14/simplified) -- Thomas Cook to merge its high street and foreign exchange business with British mutual retailer Co-operative group's operation (notified Nov. 9/deadline Dec. 14) JAN 12 -- Greek airlines Aegean and Olympic to merge (notified June 24/deadline extended to Jan. 12 from Dec. 7 as Commission seeks more information from the companies) GUIDE TO EU MERGER PROCESS DEADLINES: 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. SIMPLIFIED: 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. Keywords: EU mergers and takeovers (Brussels Newsroom, Tel:+32-2 287 6830; Fax:+32-2 230 7710; brussels.newsroom@reuters.com) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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