EU mergers and takeovers (Feb 26)

jueves 26 de febrero de 2009 16:40 CET

BRUSSELS Feb 26 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission, and a brief guide to the EU merger process:


-- German automaker Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE: Cotización) takes join control of Li-Tec, a German lithium-ion battery cell research and development firm currently controlled by German industrial conglomerate Evonik Industries AG (approved Feb. 26)


-- British leisure travel company Thomas Cook Group (TCG.L: Cotización), which is controlled by German retail and tourism group Arcandor AG (AROG.DE: Cotización), to acquire British independent tour operator Gold Metal International (notified Feb 23/deadline March 30) -- British diversified food retail group Associated British Foods Plc, (ABF.L: Cotización) to acquire Azucarera Ebro S.L., the Spanish sugar arm of Ebro Puleva EVA.MC (notified Feb 23/deadline March 30)

-- German gas and electricity supplier EON AG EONG.DE, to acquire Italian electricity supplier MPE Energia Spa, through its subsidiary EON Italia Spa (notified Feb 23/deadline March 30/simplified)