Steel Consortium Views BHP-Rio Merger With Alarm

Law360, New York (February 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A global consortium of steel makers has called for scrutiny of a potential merger between mining giants Rio Tinto PLC and BHP Billiton Ltd. Joining a chorus of alarm, the International Iron and Steel Institute argued Tuesday that a merger would be disastrous for competition in iron ore.

The IISI said it had renewed its formal request that all relevant competition authorities review the proposed Rio Tinto buyout.

BHP has been courting Rio Tinto for weeks, recently increasing its bid for the multinational mining group to...
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