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GE, Canon Risk Fines Amid EU Clampdown on Merger Violation

  • EU sends objections to companies for breaching merger rules
  • Canon jumped gun on merger, others may have given wrong data

General Electric Co., Merck KGaA, Sigma-Aldrich Corp. and Canon Inc. risk fines for breaching European Union merger rules after regulators sent them antitrust complaints, months after the EU fined Facebook $125 million for giving misleading information during a deal review.

GE was accused of misleading officials examining its 1.5 billion-euro takeover of LM Wind Power, the European Commission said Thursday. Darmstadt, Germany-based Merck KGaA and Sigma-Aldrich also got objections for failing to provide information on a research project for chemicals during a 2015 merger review, it said. A third complaint went to Canon, which didn’t seek EU approval before implementing a Toshiba unit takeover last year.

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