FedEx has confirmed that the European Commission has initiated a Phase II review in connection with its intended acquisition of TNT Express.
The European Commission will now conduct an in-depth analysis under the EU Merger Regulation before coming to a decision. The transaction is also being reviewed by other antitrust agencies, including the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in China and Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE) in Brazil.
David Binks, president, FedEx Express Europe, said, “We will continue to work together with TNT Express to meet the European Commission’s need for additional due diligence and are confident that the combination of both companies will increase competition and create benefits for customers. We continue to make progress on all of the necessary regulatory steps around the world that would allow us to complete this transaction in the first half of 2016 and unite two great teams that share a passion for customer service.”
FedEx filed for regulatory clearance from the European Commission regarding the takeover in July 2015. The company also submitted a request for review and approval of its Offer Document with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten, AFM). Closing of the offer is anticipated in the first half of 2016.
August 4, 2015