The following has been reported in the newspapers referred to below: 

  • On October 30, 2007, the Asian arm of UK-based private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners, is expected to announce the buy-out of the world’s largest manufacturer of window shutters, Taiwan-based Nien Made Enterprise, for US$750m. CVC Capital Partners would own 50% of the takeover vehicle (FT, October 30, 2007, p. 17) 
  • Swiss-based mining company Xstrata PLC has bought Australian rival Jubilee Mines N.L. for US$2.75bn in a deal that the company expects will add nickel mining to its suite of operations in Australia (WSJE, October 30, 2007, p. 20) 
  • French-based aerospace company Safran has stated that it has agreed to sell its Sagem telecommunications business to US private equity firm Gores Group LLC in a deal valued at €383m (WSJE, October 30, 2007, p. 7) 
  • French retailer Carrefour has acquired Romanian supermarket chain Artima for €55m to complement its local superstores (FT, October 30, 2007, p. 16) 
  • The following concentrations have been notified to the European Commission: 
    • Vodafone/Tele2 Italia/Tele2 España — Candidate case for simplified procedure (fixed line telephony services, broadband services) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 48) 
    • Toepfer/ThyssenKrupp/Imperial Logistics/JV (maritime brokerage) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 49) 
    • Compagnie de Saint-Gobain/Maxit (production and sale of mortars, gypsum and exclay; design and assembly of premix equipment for premix manufacturers) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 50) 
    • Yara/Praxair/JV (production and sale of industrial, specialty and medical gases in Scandinavia) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 51) 
    • Akzo Nobel/ICI (coatings, industrial adhesives, specialty starches and polymers and electronic materials) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 52) 
    • Yamaha Motor Europe/Yamaha Distribution Companies (the import and wholesale distribution of YMC products, principally motorcycles, scooters, marine outboard engines, inflatable boats, wave runners, all-terrain vehicles, golf carts, generators and snowmobiles, in Poland, Germany, and the UK) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 53) 
  • The following concentrations have been cleared by the European Commission: 
    • Fiat/Teksid Aluminium (production of cast aluminum components for the automotive industry and other residual application) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 5) 
    • Aegon/Caja Cantabria/JV (life insurance and pension products in Spain) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 5) 
    • Louis Delhaize/Magyar Hipermarket KFT (hypermarkets) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 6) 
    • KPN/Getronics (ICT services) (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 6) 
    • AREVA NP/MHI/ATMEA (development, licensing and plant sales of 1 100 MW class PWR (pressurized water reactor)) (RAPID, October 30, 2007) 
    • CPI Europe Fund/Corpus/Real Estate Portfolio (149 existing residential properties and for real estate companies) (RAPID, October 30, 2007)

State Aid

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty — Cases where the Commission raises no objections (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 1) 
    • Czech Republic, France, Spain – Agriculture 
    • United Kingdom – Agriculture, hunting and forestry; Forestry and logging 
  • Germany — State aid C 27/07 (ex NN 29/07) — Berlin Schönefeld Airport — Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 88(2) of the EC Treaty (OJ C 257, 30 October 2007, p. 16)