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Nokia’s acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent approved by European Commission

nokia networksNokia is now one step closer to acquire Alcatel-Lucent, as European Commission has provided its approval for the deal. Nokia is acquiring Alcatel-Lucent to create what it terms as an “Innovation Leader”. Nokia will pay EUR 15.6 billion through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States. Closing of the transaction is expected in the first half of 2016.

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it has received approval from the European Commission for its pending acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. The proposed transaction was notified to the European Commission on June 19, 2015 and was cleared today without conditions following a Phase 1 review.

Approval by the European Commission follows previously disclosed antitrust clearances in Brazil and Serbia and the expiration of the antitrust review period in the United States. In addition, the parties confirmed today they have received further antitrust clearances from Albania, Canada, Colombia and Russia. Both companies will continue to cooperate with the remaining authorities to close their reviews as quickly as possible.

The transaction remains subject to approval by Nokia shareholders, Nokia holding over 50.00% of the share capital of Alcatel-Lucent on a fully diluted basis upon completion of the public exchange offer, receipt of other regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016.

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