BRUSSELS - The following are planned mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:


-- Chinese aluminium maker Guangdong Dongyangguang Aluminium Co Ltd, part of the Shenzhen Dongyangguang Group; Japanese aluminium maker Furukawa-sky Aluminium Corp, and Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co Ltd, acquire joint control of Ruyuan Dongyangguang Fine Aluminium Foil Co Ltd and Shaoguan Yangzhiguang Aluminium Foil Co Ltd in China (approved Nov. 12)

-- Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc and Russian banking group Sberbank plan to acquire 55 percent of the shares in Adam Opel GmbH, the main European business and assets of U.S. automaker General Motors Co. GM will retain 35 percent of the new company, known as NewOpel. Magna, Sberbank and GM will have joint control over NewOpel (withdrawn)


-- Eurotank Belgium B.V., controlled by Dutch oil trader Vitol Holding B.V., to acquire control of Belgian bitumen producer Petroplus Refining Antwerp N.V. and Petroplus Refining Antwerp Bitumen N.V. (notified Nov. 9/deadlinie Dec. 14/simplified)

-- Privately-owned oil trader Normeston Trading Ltd and Hungarian energy company MOL (MOLB.BU) to acquire joint control of MOL Energy Trade Ltd (notified Nov. 9/deadline Dec. 14)




NOV 12

-- French electricity firm Electricite De France SA, belonging to EDF Group, acquires Belgian electricity supplier SPE SA through the acquisition of shares held by Belgium's Segebel SA, which owns a 51 percent stake in SPE (notified Sept. 23/deadline Oct. 28/on Oct. 15, deadline extended to Nov. 12 due to referral request by Belgium/commitments offered Oct. 23)

NOV 16

-- NIBC MBF IB BV, part of Dutch merchant bank NIBC, and Dutch bank ABN AMRO's ABN AMRO Participaties Fund I BV to acquire joint control of Dutch business gift supplier Mid Ocean Group BV and its subsidiaries (notified Oct. 19/deadline Nov. 16/simplified)

NOV 17

-- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund VIII LP, part of U.S. private equity investor Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, and holding company Commercial Markets Holdco Inc to acquire joint control of JohnsonDiversey Holdings Inc, which owns U.S. commercial cleaning company JohnsonDiversey Inc (notified Oct. 19/deadline Nov. 17/simplified)

NOV 18

-- U.S. enterprise communication systems provider Avaya Inc, jointly controlled by private equity funds TPG Partners V.L.P and Silver Lake Partners III, acquires control of certain assets and subsidiaries associated with the enterprise solution business of Canada's Nortel Networks Corp (notified Oct. 13/deadline Nov. 18)

NOV 19

-- British special purpose vehicle Avalon Acquisitions Ltd, controlled by Guernsey Channel Islands-based private equity firm Permira IV Fund, acquires sole control of Just Retirement Holding Plc, a UK provider of financial services to retirees (notified Oct. 14/deadline Nov. 19/simplified)

-- Financial management consulting company Towers Perrin, Foster & Crosby Inc. to merge with peer Watson Wyatt Worldwide Inc (notified Oct. 14/deadline Nov. 19)

-- French bank Credit Agricole to acquire parts of French asset manager SGAM Group via shares and assets (notified Oct. 14/deadline Nov. 19)

-- Canada's Brookfield Asset Management Inc and asset manager Babcock & Brown Infrastructure acquire joint control of Australian port facility Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal via share purchases (notified Oct. 14/deadline Nov. 19/simplified)

NOV 23
-- CPI CEE Management LLC, administered by Citibank International Plc's business unit Citi Property Investor, and real estate investor Gazit Midas acquire joint control of Atrium European Real Estate Ltd by converting convertible bonds and warrants into ordinary equity (notified Oct. 16/deadline Nov. 23/simplified)

-- Private equity fund One Equity Partners II LP, controlled by JP Morgan Chase & Co, acquires control of plastic material maker Schoeller Arca Systems Services BV, which is currently controlled jointly by One Equity Partners II and Schoeller Holding GmbH, via share purchases (notified Oct. 16/deadline Nov. 23/simplified)

-- Italian bank Unicredit and Italian investment bank Banca IMI SpA transform existing joint venture TLX SpA into a full-function joint venture, EuroTLX Societa di Intermediazione SpA (notified Oct. 14/deadline Nov. 23)

-- Zumtobel Holding GmbH, a German maker of electrical lighting systems, and Germany's Symboled GmbH, controlled by Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, and four individuals take joint control of Ledon Oled Lighting GmbH, which will develop and sell organic light-emitting diodes for professional lighting systems (notified Oct. 16/deadline Nov. 23/simplified)

-- Spain's Santander Consumer Finance SA, controlled by financial services group Banco Santander SA, takes control of Polish retail banking, credit and insurance brokerage firms AIG Bank Polska SA and AIG Credit SA (notified Oct. 16/deadline Nov. 23/simplified)

NOV 24

-- Dutch animal feed producer Nutreco International BV to acquire control of the Spanish and Portuguese animal nutrition businesses of livestock company Cargill (notified Oct. 19/deadline Nov. 24)