Rivals Call for Conditional Approval of Dow/DuPont in Brazil

German chemical company BASF has asked Brazilian regulator CADE to impose remedies on the planned merger between US peers Dow and DuPont, CTFN has learned. In a regulatory filing published on Februaryfeatured

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Brazil Fears Agrochemical Deals May Lead to Price Increases

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply (MAPA) is concerned that the planned agrochemical mergers will raise prices for farmers, an antitrust lawyer involved in CADE’s review of such deals told CTFN. Although “more market share does not necessarily mean higher prices for farmers,” the lawyer pointed out that, Dow-DuPont,featured

Monsanto/Bayer Merger to Face Opposition in Africa

Bayer’s $66 billion bid for genetically modified seed and herbicide producer Monsanto faces strong opposition from a range of stakeholders in South Africa and neighboring countries, sources told CTFN. “Food security is a key issue in this part of the world,” Chris Charter, director and national head of Competition at South Africanfeatured

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Dow/DuPont Seen Clearing DOJ

The Dow/DuPont merger, which has been under antitrust scrutiny for almost eight months, is expected to gain clearance from the Department of Justice, even as the newly announced Bayer/Monsanto and the Agrium/Potash deals raise the heat on big agricultural combinations, two well-placed sources in the industry told CTFN. “The added question from the EU are … Read Morefeatured

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Focusing on Crop Protection in Dow-DuPont Review

The European Commission on August 11 commenced a Phase II investigation into the proposed Dow Chemical-DuPont merger. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, meanwhile, is in the midst of conducting its own in-depth review.featured

Monsanto Progresses Soybean Business in Brazil

Monsanto is likely to profit from Brazil’s economic crisis, as the country − the world’s largest soybean exporter − strives to boost production and retain foreign investors amid an uncertain political and financial outlook. Sources told CTFN that Brazilian regulators are expected to approve Monsanto’s recent licensing agreement with rival Dupontfeatured

Monsanto Acquisition by Bayer Could See EC Consider Wider Effects

If a Bayer acquisition of Monsanto materializes, the European Commission could look at pro-forma industry dynamics in additional to horizontal overlaps and potential vertical foreclosure, analysts and observers told CTFN. Christoph Then, a coordinator at the No Patents On Seeds coalition, expressed overall concerns saying, “… Three mergers will have an impact on the landscape of R&D … Bayer and … Read Morefeatured

Syngenta/ChemChina Merger Hinges on US Approval

The outcome of the planned $43 billion merger between Swiss biotech giant Syngenta and chemical conglomerate ChemChina will mainly depend on whether the parties receive US blessing for the deal, three lawyers familiar with the industry told CTFN. Henning Schneider, co-chair of the German Corporate Department and chair of the global Healthcare Industry Group at … Read Morefeatured

Monsanto/Bayer Deal to See Pushback from Farmers

The powerful farming lobby is already mobilizing opposition to the proposed merger of Bayer AG and Monsanto, which they see as further diminishing US farmers’ choices on seeds, pesticides, and other major agricultural supplies, while putting a greater portion of the US farming sector in foreign hands. “We used to have six major players in … Read Morefeatured

Monsanto/Bayer Deal Would Invite National Security and Vertical Overlap Reviews

An acquisition of US agricultural chemicals giant Monsanto by Germany’s Bayer AG would raise antitrust concerns in the US and abroad and would also require clearance by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States for the potential impactfeatured


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