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Dow-Rohm and Haas Deal Receives EU Regulatory Clearance

8:56 AM MST | January 9, 2009 | Vincent Valk

Dow’s proposed $15.3 billion acquisition of Rohm and Haas has received clearance from the European Commission, confirming that the deal does not violate EU antitrust statutes. "The merged entity would continue to face a number of effective competitors at each point in the value chain where crude acrylic acid and its derivatives are used," the Commission says. The deal, originally announced in July, was thrown into question when Kuwait abandoned the K-Dow jv, the proceeds from which were expected to fund the acquisition. However, many analysts now...

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