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European Commission Greenlights BASF/Ciba Deal, With Caveats

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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The European Commission's anti-trust authority has given the go-ahead to German chemicals giant BASF for its acquisition of Swiss supplier Ciba, provided it divests some of its products

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