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Alstom ready to sell French rail unit

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 13, 2020
Alstom offered to sell a French rail factory and make other concessions to get European Commission approval for its planned purchase of Bombardier’s transportation business.
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The commitments also included selling Alstom’s regional train unit Coradia Polyvalent and divesting a Bombardier commuter trains division and the related production facilities at its Hennigsdorf site in Germany.

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Alstom’s bid in February of up to 6.2 billion euros ($7 billion) for Montreal-based Bombardier’s rail business has faced scrutiny from EU antitrust authorities, which have been expected to demand concessions to approve the deal.

European Union (EU) antitrust regulators have set a new deadline of July 31 to rule on Alstom’s bid for Bombardier’s transport business after the French TGV high-speed train maker offered to sell assets to address competition concerns.

The European Commission, which posted the new deadline on its site on Friday, will now seek feedback from rivals and customers of both companies before deciding whether to accept the package or demand more in line with its procedures.