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Europe Approves J&J’s $21.3B Synthes Purchase

Regulators give OK after J&J agrees to sell business unit


European regulators have cleared the $21.3 billion acquisition of Synthes by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).

The approval came after antitrust concerns were addressed by J&J’s decision to sell its DePuy Orthopaedics Trauma business, Bloomberg reported. Combined with Synthes, J&J would have possessed  “very high combined market shares” of bone-fracture products, the European Commission said.

The European approval removes one more impediment to the merger that was announced in April of last year, valuing Synthes at 159 Swiss francs ($173.31) per share, in exchange for cash and J&J stock.

European regulators expressed concern for the merger’s effect on prices for orthopedic products and launched an investigation in November.

DePuy Orthopaedics Trauma is being sold to Biomet for $280 million. The transaction is expected to be finalized later this year, a DePuy spokesperson told Bloomberg.

Regulators in China, Japan and Canada have already approved the acquisition. With Europe on board, only U.S. regulators remain undecided. J&J said it was “actively working with” American regulators and expected the deal to close by June, according to Bloomberg.


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