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Australia: ChemChina’s $43bn purchase of Syngenta cleared by regulators

 |  December 11, 2016

ChemChina’s proposed $43bn acquisition of Syngenta will not be derailed by Australian competition regulators, who have green-lighted the deal saying it had no competition concerns.

Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had been scrutinizing the deal, the biggest ever foreign takeover by a Chinese company, as ChemChina owns a subsidiary, Adama Agricultural Solutions (Adama), which competes with Syngenta in Australia as they both supply crop protection products such as insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

However, regulators found there was no concerns, as ChemChina would still face competition from Bayer, BASF, Monsanto, Dow and others.

“The ACCC found that ChemChina would continue to face competition in the supply of crop protection products from a range of proprietary and generic suppliers such as Bayer, BASF, Monsanto, Nufarm, Dow, DuPont, and FMC,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.

“Importantly, the ACCC also took into account the complementary nature of the two businesses. Syngenta is focused on research and development to bring new patented chemicals to market. Adama focuses on generic off-patent chemicals.”

“Generic chemicals are more prevalent in Australia than in many other countries, and there is a large number of suppliers. Bringing new generic chemicals to market is often cheaper and quicker in Australia than, for example, in the European Union, due to lower regulatory barriers,” Sims added.

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