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EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 17)

Source: Reuters - Tue 17th Nov 2009

The following are planned mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:


NIBC MBF IB BV, part of Dutch merchant bank NIBC, andDutch bank ABN AMRO's ABN AMRO Participaties Fund I BV to acquire joint control of Dutch business gift supplier Mid Ocean Group BV and its subsidiaries (approved Nov. 17)


Brazilian holding company J&F Participacoes S.A. and Brazilian investment fund ZMF Fundo de Investimento em Participacoes to acquire joint control of parts of Brazilian meat manufacturers JBS and Bertin S.A.

U.S. asset manager Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and buyout firm General Atlantic to acquire joint control of TASC, the consulting unit of U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman


NOV 18

U.S. enterprise communication systems provider Avaya Inc, jointly controlled by private equity funds TPG Partners V.L.P and Silver Lake Partners III, acquires control of certain assets and subsidiaries associated with the enterprise solution business of Canada's Nortel Networks Corp

NOV 19

British special purpose vehicle Avalon Acquisitions Ltd, controlled by Guernsey Channel Islands-based private equity firm Permira IV Fund, acquires sole control of Just Retirement Holding Plc, a UK provider of financial services to retirees

French bank Credit Agricole to acquire parts of French asset manager SGAM Group via shares and assets

NOV 23

CPI CEE Management LLC, administered by Citibank International Plc's business unit Citi Property Investor, andreal estate investor Gazit Midas acquire joint control of Atrium European Real Estate Ltd by converting convertible bonds and warrants into ordinary equity

Private equity fund One Equity Partners II LP, controlled by JP Morgan Chase & Co, acquires control of plastic material maker Schoeller Arca Systems Services BV, which is currently controlled jointly by One Equity Partners II and Schoeller Holding GmbH, via share purchases.

Italian bank Unicredit and Italian investment bank Banca IMI SpA transform existing joint venture TLX SpA into a full-function joint venture, EuroTLX Societa diIntermediazione SpA

Zumtobel Holding GmbH, a German maker of electrical lighting systems, and Germany's Symboled GmbH, controlled by Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, and four individuals take joint control of Ledon Oled Lighting GmbH, which will develop and sell organic light-emitting diodes for professional lighting systems

Spain's Santander Consumer Finance SA, controlled by financial services group Banco Santander SA, takes control of Polish retail banking, credit and insurance brokerage firms AIG Bank Polska SA and AIG Credit SA

NOV 24

Dutch animal feed producer Nutreco International BV to acquire control of the Spanish and Portuguese animal nutrition businesses of livestock company Cargill

NOV 25

Italian aeronautics engineering company Avio SpA, indirectly controlled by British private equity firm Cinven Group Ltd, together with its Italian subsidiary Se.Co.Sv.Im Srl, collectively known as Avio Group, and S.E.C.I Energia SpA, an Italian energy development company belonging to Italy's Maccaferri Group, acquire joint control of Italian cogeneration power plant Termica Colleferro SpA

NOV 26

U.S. investment fund Apollo Management LP and its affiliates acquire U.S. flexible film and packaging company Pliant Corp

Swiss financial services company Credit Suisse Group and U.S. industrial services group General Electric Co, through their jointly controlled private equity fund Global Infrastructure Partners and affiliated funds, acquire sole control of Gatwick Airport Ltd, currently owned by British airport management group BAA Airports Ltd

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