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Fox/Disney Pre-Filing Discussions with EC Continue

With additional reporting by Valeria Camerino – Disney is in long, complex pre-notification discussions with the European Commission about its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, sources told CTFN. A source close to the deal confirmed thatfeatured

Thales Advises Staff of Regulatory Delays for Gemalto Merger

With additional reporting by Rachel Rigby – French security and defense giant Thales has told employees that it is facing delays in obtaining the required regulatory clearances for its planned acquisition of Dutch rival Gemalto in an internal note, CTFN has learned.featured

Vertical Issues and IP Will be Focus for EC in Gemalto/Thales Case

With additional reporting by Rachel Rigby – Thales is a large client for the encryption key management tools provided by Gemalto, and therefore the merger of the twofeatured

Competing Bids for Linde/Praxair Divestitures in Europe

With additional reporting by Valeria Camerino – Taiyo Nippon Sanso and Messer are most likely in pole position for the disposals that Linde and Praxair will need to makefeatured

No Remedies Expected in A. Schulman/LyondellBasell Deal

LyondellBasell’s takeover of A. Schulman will not require a Phase I extension or any remedies from the European Commission’s reviewfeatured

Tele2 to Submit EC Filing for Com Hem in August

Tele2 and Com Hem will submit notification of their planned $3.3 billion merger to the European Commission in August, after Kinnevik’s extraordinary shareholders meeting which isfeatured

Atos to Complain to EC about Gemalto/Thales Merger

With additional reporting by Valeria Camerino – French IT services provider Atos is preparing a submission to complain to EU regulators about the planned merger between rivals Thales and Gemalto, a sourcefeatured

Messer in the Bidding for Linde/Praxair Brazilian Assets

With additional reporting by Rachel Rigby – German industrial gas player Messer is interested in all the markets in which rivals Linde and Praxair are divesting assets in order to gain regulatoryfeatured

E.ON-RWE Asset Swap Likely Subject to Lengthy Reviews

German utilities E.ON and RWE remain in pre-notification discussions with the European Commission to obtain regulatory clearance for their planned asset swap, an E.ONfeatured

EC Statement of Objections on Linde/Praxair Could Come Week of June 4

The European Commission could issue a statement of objections in the Linde/Praxair case as early as the week of June 4, according to Brussels antitrust sources. An attorney for a third party in the case saidfeatured

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