BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French aero engine maker Safran (SAF.PA) is set to secure an EU green light for its $7.7 billion (£5.8 billion) bid for aircraft seat maker Zodiac Aerospace (ZODC.PA) to create the world’s third-largest aerospace supplier, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
The European Commission, which is scheduled to rule on the deal by Dec. 21, declined to comment. Safran also declined to comment.
The proposed takeover is one of several deals in the aerospace industry which includes United Technologies Corp’s $23 billion plan to buy avionics maker Rockwell Collins Inc (COL.N).
The Safran, Zodiac tie-up has already been given the regulatory go-ahead in Canada, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United States and pre-authorised in South Korea. Authorities in China and Brazil are also expected to clear the deal.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, additional reporting by Cyril Altmeyerhenzien in Paris; editing by Alissa de Carbonnel and David Evans