EU Plans Rigorous Probe of Mining Deal: Report

Law360, New York (July 2, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- European antitrust regulators reportedly expect their investigation into the possible impact of the proposed $170 billion merger of mining giants BHP Billiton Ltd. and Rio Tinto Plc to take longer than usual and cover a longer time period.

The European Commission's questionnaire requests information from the parties, competitors and consumers about the merger's effects through 2015, as opposed to the two-to-three-year period usually covered by such probes, knowledgeable sources told Reuters Wednesday.

“The European Commission never comments on ongoing merger investigations,” an EC spokesperson said Wednesday...
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