BRUSSELS, April 24 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:
APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS
EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES
FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE
-- U.S. auto parts retailer LKQ Corp LKQ.O to acquire German peer Stahlgruber (notified March 9/deadline extended to May 3 from April 18 after the German national competition authority requested to take over the case)
-- U.S. aerospace and industrial company United Technologies Corp (NYSE: UTX ) UTX.N to acquire avionics maker Rockwell Collins COL.N (notified March 12/deadline extended to May 4 from April 19 after UTC offered concessions)
-- U.S. wheel parts supplier Accuride, which is controlled by private equity firm Crestview L.L.C., to acquire German peer Metro Wheels (notified March 12/deadline extended to May 4 from April 19 after Accuride submitted concessions)
-- Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group to acquire control of Denmark's Saxo Bank (notified March 28/deadline May 8/simplified)
-- Investment advisor Black Diamond Capital Management to acquire car leather maker GST AutoLeather (notified March 28/deadline May 8/simplified)
-- Italian cable company Prysmian PRY.MI to acquire U.S. peer General Cable BGC.N (notified March 28/deadline May 8)
-- Belgian metals company Viohalco VIOH.BR and Belgian holding company Koramic to set up a joint venture (notified March 28/deadline May 8/simplified)
-- Swiss logistics company Panalpina PWTN.S and Dutch Flower Group to acquire joint control of Panalpina's Dutch perishables business (notified April 3/deadline May 14/simplified)
-- U.S. cable company Liberty Global LBTYA.O to acquire Dutch peer Ziggo (notified April 4/deadline May 15)
-- Apollo Capital Management to acquire Cyprus Cooperative Bank (notified April 11/deadline May 23/simplified)
-- Luxembourg-based steelmaker ArcelorMittal MT.AS to acquire Italian steel plant (notified Sept. 21/deadline extended to May 23 after ArcelorMittal offered concessions)
-- Global asset manager The Carlyle Group CG.O to acquire Accolade Wines Holdings Australia and Accolade Wines Holdings Europe (notified April 13/deadline May 25/simplified)
-- U.S coatings maker Axalta Coating Systems AXTA.N to acquire wire enamel manufacturer IVA's European and Chinese operations (notified April 16/deadline May 28)
-- U.S. agricultural merchant Archer Daniels Midland ADM.N and agricultural trading house Cargill CARG.UL to set up a joint venture in Egypt (notified April 16/deadline May 28/simplified)
-- Asset management firms Avenue Capital, Pemberton and private equity firm Permira to jointly acquire luggage bags maker Delsey (notified April 17/deadline May 29/simplified)
-- Global asset management company Carlyle CG.O and U.S. investment company TA Associates to jointly acquire sales marketing company Discoverorg which is now solely controlled by TA Associates (notified April 18/deadline May 30/simplified)
-- Private equity firm Advent International to acquire British electronics and technnology company Laird LRD.L (notified April 19/deadline May 31/simplified)
-- South African chemicals company Tronox TROX.N to acquire the titanium dioxide business of Cristal, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Tasnee (notified Nov. 15/deadline extended to June 7)
-- German industrial gases group Linde LING.DE to merge with U.S. peer Praxair PX.N (notified Jan. 12/ deadline extended to Aug. 9)
-- iPhone maker Apple AAPL.O to acquire UK music streaming service Shazam (notified March 14/deadline extended to Sept. 4 from April 23 after the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation)
GUIDE TO EU MERGER PROCESS
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.
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.
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