European Union regulators announced Monday that they are restarting their investigation into the $130 billion Dow Chemical merger with DuPont.
The European Commission is tasked with evaluating business deals that could threaten industry competition. The commission stopped its investigation into the Dow-DuPont deal in September because the companies allegedly did not provide key information. A spokesperson for the EU commission confirmed to Reuters that Dow and DuPont have submitted the previously missing material.
Regulators said that they now hope to rule on the merger by Feb. 6.
Dow and DuPont agreed to merge in December 2015.
Under terms of their merger agreement, the combined Dow-DuPont plans to eventually break into three new businesses: a materials company, a chemicals company and an agriculture company that produces seeds and pesticides. The agriculture company would have an estimated annual revenue of about $19 billion.
Other deals awaiting review in the European Union and elsewhere include an agreement between St. Louis-based seed company Monsanto and German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, as well as a deal between the government-controlled China National Chemical Corporation and Swiss-based Syngenta AG.
Monday’s announcement comes a little more than a week after the EU commission also set a deadline for ChemChina’s $43 billion takeover of Syngenta.