Essilor [EPA:EI] and Luxottica [BIT:LUX] expect the European Commission (EC) to open an in-depth investigation in their proposed deal tomorrow (26 September), this news service has learned.

The parties’ perception is that the EC still needs time to firm up its reasoning on what is seen as a particularly complex case, it is understood. Third-party complaints are said to have weighed in considerably on the EC’s decision to pursue an in-depth investigation.

 

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