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Glencore-Xtrata merger held up by regulators

Regulators in China and South Africa have delayed the completion of the merger between Glencore and Xstrata.

12 December 2012

Merger and acquisition consultants may be needed to help Glencore and Xstrata complete their merger after the deal ran into red tape in China and South Africa.

The long processes of dealing with antitrust regulation in both countries have delayed the completion of the tie-up, with Glencore pushing back the date for completion of the transaction to January 31st, which it is referring to as the "long stop date".

That is a month later than originally hoped for and comes with the South African authorities having postponed hearings on the proposed deal until January 18th, after the parties asked for more preparation time.

Firms involved in merger and acquisition talks may need to be prepared for such eventualities, particularly when the deals they are planning are ones that may pose competition issues.

One such case is that of Ryanair, now making its third bid to take over rival Irish airline Aer Lingus.

It has offered new concessions in an attempt to get the deal passed by the European Commission.

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