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EU suspends HHI-DSME merger screening again

(Yonhap)
(Yonhap)

The European Commission has again suspended the screening of Hyundai Heavy Industries’ acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, according to industry sources.

Upon the suspension, the screening deadline, originally set for September, has been delayed and it is unlikely that the review will be completed within this year, according to industry watchers.

The EU had previously suspended the screening twice as it had difficulty collecting screening data due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier, the EU notified HHI of the statement of objections, which is an interim review report on business mergers. The report reportedly said concerns about competition restrictions were resolved for tankers, container ships and offshore plants, but not for gas ships.

The deal will be completed when the world’s two largest shipbuilders gain approval from antitrust watchdogs in six regions: South Korea, the European Union, Japan, China, Singapore and Kazakhstan. Last year Kazakhstan’s competition authority approved the merger between the world’s two largest shipbuilders, but the others have yet to do so. 

By Shin Ji-hye (shinjh@heraldcorp.com)
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