EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 3)
BRUSSELS Nov 3 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:
APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS
-- French mutual BPCE, which is part of French bank Natixis , to acquire 49.9 percent of five subsidiaries of La Compagnie du Soleil and La Compagnie du Vent, which is jointly owned by French utility GDF Suez and Soper (approved Nov. 3)
-- Private equity firm Apollo Management to buy Portuguese insurer Companhia de Seguros Tranquilidade (approved Nov. 3)
-- Malaysian palm oil producer Sime Darby Bhd to acquire New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified
-- U.S. chemicals company Eastman Chemical Co to buy U.S. peer Taminco Corp (notified Oct. 31/deadline Dec. 5/simplified) Continued...