The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of the...
India based Ruia Group Thursday announced the acquisition of Germany automotive components maker Acument GmH & Co KG. The Kolkata based Ruia Group acquired the Germany fasteners manufacturer from US based Global Technologies Inc.
Spain’s largest bank Banco Santander SA says it has won approval for its planned acquisition of a majority stake in Poland’s Bank Zachodni WBK SA. The Polish bank is controlled by Allied Irish Banks Plc. Banco Santander had proposed a bid pegged at US$5.7 billion for a 100 per cent stake in the Polish Bank.
Europa Capital LLP, the general partner of Europa Emerging Europe Fund, has entered into an agreement to acquire Retail Park Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from Landmark Property Management. Tim Norman, Chairman of the Europa Emerging Europe Fund, said the asset marks the firm’s first foray in Bulgaria, which represents a quality investment with a strong tenant roster.
The transaction volume for the investment is 20 million Euros. The asset will be managed by Alfa Property Management.
Munksjo, a Swedish private equity firm gained EU regulatory approval on Monday to acquire the specialty paper unit of ArjoWiggins, owned by French group Sequana, to form one of the largest decor paper firms. Munksjo, owned by Swedish private equity firm EQT's Fund No. III, said in December last year that the acquisition would boost its activities in the sector ahead of a planned listing this year.
ING Real Estate Investment Management has acquired Tyreso Centrum on behalf of its European Shopping Centre Fund (ESCF) for €82 million. The investment reflects an initial yield of 6.2%. ESCF is targeting up to €1.5 billion of investments in dominant shopping centers across continental Europe.
CB Richard Ellis Group is to purchase majority of ING Real Estate Investment Management (ING REIM) business. The investment is to be undertaken in two separate transactions and will cost CB Richard Ellis a combined price of around US$1 billion. Further to that, as part of the overall transactions, ING has also agreed to sell up to roughly US$100 million of its equity interest in existing ING REIM funds.
The European Union has told the U.K. to amend two pieces of tax legislation on the transfer of assets to non-U.K. resident companies or risk further action to force compliance. The European Commission warned the UK that if steps are not taken to amend the legislation it termed “discriminatory,” then the commission will be forced to take it to the European Court of Justice.
In an interview Wednesday, Assicurazioni Generali chairman Cesare Geronzi said the firm is mulling an investment in Italian banks as it seeks to raise capital. Assicurazioni Generali is Italy’s biggest insurer. Speaking to the Financial Times, Geronzi said the firm would however not be a consolidator in the Italian system through its web of cross-shareholdings.
Fiat SpA is to spend €20 billion in revamping its domestic Italian operations, said its Chief executive. Sergio Marchionne, Fiat SpA chief executive announced the firm’s plans after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Italian Industry Minister Paolo Romani said Fiat is keen on expanding its international operations but will maintain its thriving Italian presence as well.
Marchionne was speaking after attending a meeting with members of Berlusconi’s administration. Fiat CEO and Chairman John Elkann was at the meeting as well.
European mid-market firm Cognetas has put three German businesses for sale as it seeks to close a €1 billion fund raised almost a decade ago, Reuters said. The firm is looking to sell aluminium auto parts maker KSM Castings, pond equipment firm Oase, and advertising and communications agency Commarco, the three remaining investments in its 2001 vintage fund.
European Union regulators have warned Spain against its tax subsidies for Spanish firm’s involved in stake acquisitions outside of the EU. The EU regulators said the subsidies amount to unfair advantage. According to an EU communiqué, the tax provision amounts to a clear and unjustified advantage to the Spanish-based companies. Spain must recover aid granted through the tax measure since December 2007, the EU regulator said.
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the Dutch cable manufacturer Draka Holding by Italy's Prysmian SpA, another cable manufacturer. The Commission's investigation has shown that the merged entity will continue to face effective competition in the production of optical fibre cables and general wiring despite becoming the European leader in the markets concerned.
The European Commission rejected a proposed merger between two Greek Airlines arguing the merger would create a quasi-monopoly. Greek air carriers Aegean Airlines SA and Olympic Air had proposed a tie-up that would have seen them merger their operations.
However, the EU blocked the merger, saying it would have created a quasi-monopoly in parts of the country's air-transport market.
Deutsche Boerse is mulling a merger with the NYSE, a move expected to create the world’s largest trading exchange. The revelations came only hours after similar merger plans were announced between the London Stock Exchange and Canada’s stock market operator TMX. The deals sent shares in other exchanges soaring on speculation that further match-ups would follow.
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited is to acquire 75% stake of the Polyester Staple Fiber, Specialty Filament business of Trevira GmbH. Trevira GmbH runs operations in Germany and Poland. The remaining 25% stake will be held by Sinterama S.p.A., Italy, the Joint Venture Partner. The acquisition of the 100% shares in Trevira GmbH will be done through a new Joint Venture Company, Indorama said in a press release.
The European Commission has proposed a Strategy for the Danube Region, covering eight EU member States and six other European countries. This Strategy will focus on concrete priority action areas, such as the improvement of navigability, water quality, security cooperation and the opportunities for tourism. The strategy, according to the EU Commission, is to develop the huge economic potential of the Danube River.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Hamburger Hochbahn AG signed a €160 million framework loan agreement for the acquisition of new trains and buses for the Hamburg transport operator. Hamburger Hochbahn AG will use the funding to renew and expand its fleet of trains and buses.
Under the framework, the funding will include plans in the medium term for investment in new rolling stock for the metro and in standard and articulated buses for Hamburg’s local transport network.
During its recent summit, the EU outlined plans aimed at curbing the region’s dependency on Middle East oil and Russian gas. In a report carried by the AFP, European leaders Friday last week launched a trillion-euro effort, primarily targeted at reducing the EU’s overreliance on Oil from the Middle East and Russian gas imports.
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