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Commission Approves Application for Proposed Divestiture in Matter of Linde AG/BOC Group plc

On March 9, the FTC approved an application for a proposed divestiture from Linde AG and The BOC Group plc concerning an August 29, 2006, FTC consent order regarding the acquisition of BOC by Linde. Under the terms of the order, the parties were required, among other things, to divest the relevant “Atmospheric Gases Assets” to a single buyer approved by the FTC. Through the application, the parties requested FTC approval to divest these assets to Airgas, Inc., a Delaware corporation. The application was approved with a vote of 5-0.
Robert Doyle
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