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China extends Syngenta offer after EU opens investigation

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08:25 CET+01:00
China's state-owned chemical corporation (ChemChina) said on Tuesday that it had extended its $43 billion offer for Swiss seed giant Syngenta until January 5th, after EU regulators announced they would probe the deal.

The massive takeover would be the biggest in a recent spate of Chinese overseas acquisitions and has drawn considerable attention from global regulators.
   
The ChemChina-Syngenta pact has been cleared by the United States and Japan, but on Friday the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into the 40-billion-euro deal.
   
"Extensions to the tender offers are expected to occur until all conditions to the offers are satisfied, including obtaining all applicable regulatory approvals," ChemChina said in a statement.
   
The terms of the deal "remain unchanged", it added.
   
The January 5th extension looked set to be another stop-gap as Brussels has said its probe will run until mid-March.
   
Syngenta is a global leader in seeds and crop protection.
   
ChemChina describes itself as China's largest chemical company. It also controls Adama, the largest supplier of generic crop protection products in Europe.

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