EU mergers and takeovers (Aug 25)

BRUSSELS, Aug 25 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under

review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU

merger process:

APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS

-- Varo Energy, a joint venture between the world's top oil

trader Vitol and private equity firm Carlyle Group

, is expanding its reach in Europe through a merger with

Dutch-based storage and trading company Argos (approved Aug. 21)

NEW LISTINGS

-- Apollo Global Management LLC to acquire magnetic

and battery technologies company OM Group Inc (notified

Aug. 24/deadline Sept. 28)

-- U.S. office supplier Staples to acquire U.S.

rival Office Depot (notified Aug. 21/deadline Sept. 25)

-- Chinese investment group Fosun to acquire sole

control of wealth management group BHF-Kleinwort Benson Group SA

(notified Aug. 21/deadline Sept. 25/simplified)

-- Indian vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra and

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to acquire joint

control of Mitsubishi Agricultural Machinery Co. Ltd, which is

now solely owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industeis (notified Aug.

19/deadline Sept. 23/simplified)

EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES

None

FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE

AUG 28

-- U.S. real estate services provider DTZ to acquire U.S.

peer Cushman & Wakefield (notified July 24/deadline Aug. 28)

SEPT 1

-- British engineering company GKN to acquire Dutch

company Fokker Technologies (notified July 28/deadline Sept.

1/simplified)

-- British support services provider DCC Group to

acquire French gas company Butagaz from Anglo Dutch oil company

Royal Dutch Shell (notified July 28/deadline Sept.

1/simplified)

-- U.S. grains company Archer Daniels Midland Co to

acquire starch producer Eaststarch (notified July 28/deadline

Sept. 1/simplified)

SEPT 2

-- Anglo-Dutch oil major Royal Dutch Shell to

acquire BG Group (notified July 29/deadline Sept. 2)

-- South African paper maker Mondi to

acquire some assets from portfolio company Walki (notified July

29/deadline Sept. 2)

SEPT 4

-- Private equity firms 3i Group and AMP Capital Investors

to acquire joint control of offshore emergency and rescue

services provider Esvagt (notified July 31/deadline Sept.

4/simplified)

SEPT 7

-- Austrian bank Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich

to acquire sole control of Austrian pension fund Valida Holding

(notified Aug. 3/deadline Sept. 7/simplified)

-- Mahindra World City Developers and Japan's

Sumitomo Corp to set up a joint venture (notified Aug.

3/deadline Sept. 7/simplified)

SEPT 8

-- Evo Payments International, Raiffeisen Bank Polska

and Czech lender Raiffeisenbank to jointly

control two new subsidiaries with merchant acquiring and

acquiring processing services transferred from the two banks

(notified Aug. 4/deadline Sept. 8/simplified)

SEPT 9

-- U.S. grain trader Archer Daniel Midland to

acquire Belgian vegetable oil distributor AOR NV (notified Aug.

5/deadline Sept. 9)

-- German retailer REWE to acquire some travel

units from Swiss travel operator Kuoni Reisen (notified

Aug. 5/deadline Sept. 9/simplified)

SEPT 10

-- Buyout group KKR to acquire majority stake in

German fibre-optic network operator Deutsche Glasfaser (notified

Aug. 6/deadline Sept. 10/simplified)

SEPT 11

-- U.S. investment firm Apollo Global Management to

acquire majority control of Slovenian bank Nova KBM (notified

Aug. 7/deadline Sept. 11/simplified)

-- U.S. conglomerate General Electric to acquire most

of French engineering group Alstom's power equipment

business (notified Jan. 19/deadline extended for third time to

Sept. 11 from Aug. 21)

SEPT 14

-- Singapore-listed palm oil processor Wilmar International

and Italian oil products company Fox Petrolifera

Italiana SpA to set up a joint venture (notified Aug.

10/deadline Sept. 14/simplified)

-- BPIFrance and Springwater Capital LLC to acquire joint

control of French paper producer Delion France (notified Aug.

10/deadline Sept. 14/simplified)

-- Naxicap Partners and Fonds Avenir Automobile to acquire

joint control of French car parts maker Defta Group (notified

Aug. 10/deadline Sept. 14/simplified)

SEPT 16

-- Norwegian telecoms company Telenor and Swedish

peer TeliaSonera to combine their Danish mobile

businesses (notified Feb. 27/deadline extended to Oct. 7 from

Sept. 16 after the companies offered commitments)

-- Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners to acquire

energy company PKP Energetyka (notified Aug. 12/deadline Sept.

16/simplified)

-- Private equity firms Advent International, Bain Capital

and Clessidra to jointly acquire Italian banking services

company ICBPI (notified Aug. 12/deadline Sept. 16)

-- Chinese state-owned food firms Bright Food Group Co

Ltd to acquire Spanish holding company Invermik SA

(notified Aug. 12/deadline Sept. 16/simplified)

SEPT 17

-- Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) and Spanish energy

group Gas Natural to acquire joint control of Global

Power Generation (notified Aug. 13/deadline Sept. 17/simplified)

-- Buyout group KKR to acquire German cutlery and

coffee-machine maker WMF together with Austrian

holding company FIBA (notified Aug.13/deadline Sept. 17)

SEPT 18

-- U.S. distressed investment fund Apollo to acquire

majority stake in steel trader Stemcor (notified Aug.

14/deadline Sept. 18/simplified)

-- Japanese insurer Tokio Marine Holdings Inc to

buy U.S. specialty insurer HCC Insurance Holdings Inc

(notified Aug. 14/deadline Sept. 18/simplified)

-- Groupe Acticall to acquire customer relationship

management company Sitel (notified Aug. 14/deadline Sept.

18/simplified)

-- Dutch chipmaker NXP to acquire U.S. peer

Freescale (notified July 31, deadline extended to Sept.

18 from Sept. 4 after NXP offered concessions)

SEPT 21

-- Pfizer to acquire British drugmaker

GlaxoSmithKline's menACWY meningitis vaccine business

(notified Aug. 17/deadline Sept. 21)

-- Cable telecoms company Liberty Global's Belgian

subsidiary Telenet to buy mobile network operator Base

from Dutch group KPN (notified Aug. 17/deadline Sept.

21)

-- European private equity group Cinven to buy

majority stake in German laboratory operator Synlab from BC

Partners (notified Aug. 17/deadline Sept.

21/simplified)

SEPT 24

-- British private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe to

acquire German apparel retailer TriStyle Mode (notified Aug.

20/deadline Sep. 24/simplified)

DEC 9

-- U.S. drinks can maker Ball Corp to acquire

British rival Rexam Plc (notified June 15/deadline

extended to Dec. 9 from Nov. 25)

JAN 13

-- U.S. packages delivery company FedEx to acquire

Dutch peer TNT (notified July /deadline extended to

Jan. 13 from Dec. 8 after the companies asked for more time)

SUSPENDED

-- Oilfield services provider Halliburton to buy

rival Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction

(notified July 23/deadline suspended after the companies

provided insufficient information)

-- SOCAR, Azerbaijan's state energy company, to buy stakes

in Greek natural gas grid operator DESFA from Greek natural gas

utility DEPA (notified Oct. 1/deadline suspended on Jan. 21)

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.

(Compiled by Foo Yun Chee)