Pearson, Bertelsmann Mull Merger Of Penguin, Random House

Law360, New York (October 25, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT) -- Britain's Pearson PLC said Thursday it was in talks with Bertelsmann SE & Co. KgaA to merge their consumer publishing divisions, Penguin and Random House, in a deal that would create one of the world's biggest book businesses — and draw attention from Europe's antitrust regulators.

A merger would bring together two of the so-called Big Six book publishers to create a new company that would publish nearly 25 percent of all books sold in the U.K. It is likely to earn a double-take from antitrust...
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