EU mergers and takeovers (Sept 20)

BRUSSELS, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:

APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS

— Private equity group Triton to take joint control over Dutch mechanical and electrical engineering services provider Unica Groep (approved Sept. 19)

— Swedish real estate company Fastighets AB Balder to buy shares in Serena Properties, jointly owned by Finnish pension fund Varma (approved Sept. 19)

— VCI ventures, a subsidiary of VW credit to acquire joint control of AutoGravity with DA Investments, subsidiary of Daimler (approved Sept. 19)

— German car parts maker Aunde Achter & Ebels GmbH and Bader GmbH and Co to set up a joint venture (approved Sept. 18)

— China Investment Corporation to acquire European warehouse firm Logicor (approved Sept. 18)

NEW LISTINGS

— French carmaker Renault to acquire a 25 percent stake in electric car charging services Jedlix (notified Sept. 18/deadline Oct. 23/simplified)

— U.S. life sciences company Avantor to acquire U.S. lab supplies company VWR (notified Sept. 15/deadline Oct. 20)

— U.S. fashion group Michael Kors to acquire British shoemaker Jimmy Choo (notified Sept. 15/deadline Oct. 20/simplified)

EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES

— German industrial group Bayer to acquire U.S. seeds company Monsanto (notified June 30/deadline extended to Jan. 22 from Jan. 8 after the companies asked for more time)

FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE

SEPT 26

— Italian eyewear maker Luxottica and French lens manufacturer Essilor to merge (notified Aug. 22/deadline Sept. 26)

SEPT 29

— Irish agribusiness company ABP Food Group to acquire an additional stake in Linden Foods Limited, active in the slaughtering and processing of beef and ovine animals (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29)

— 3M to buy Johnson Controls’ safety gear unit Scott Safety for $2 billion (notified Aug. 25/deadline Sept. 29)

— Swiss asset manager Partners Group to buy UK software firm Civica for 1…

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