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EU clears Advent's acquisition of Morpho subject to French sale
April 19, 2017 / 3:45 PM / 7 months ago

EU clears Advent's acquisition of Morpho subject to French sale

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators said on Wednesday they had cleared U.S. private equity firm Advent International’s planned acquisition of Morpho, the biometrics and security business of French aerospace group Safran (SAF.PA).

The European Commission said the approval of the acquisition was conditional on the sale of Morpho’s payment smart card business in France.

Advent has offered to divest Morpho’s French subsidiary CPS to meet the Commission’s requests.

“In view of the remedies proposed, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified, would not significantly reduce competition,” the EU executive said in a statement.

The Commission’s decision is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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