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Britain's Competition Watchdog Investigates Liqui-Box Deal For DS Smith Unit

Britain's competition watchdog said on Friday it was investigating whether US-based Liqui-Box's $585 million (€522.5 million) takeover of a DS Smith Plc business could lessen competition in the market.

UK-based DS Smith in March agreed to sell its plastics division to Liqui-Box, a portfolio company of private equity firm Olympus Partners.

Liqui-Box was not immediately available for a comment while DS Smith did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for a comment on the Competition and Markets Authority's investigation.

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DS Smith, which supplies packaging products to companies including Amazon.com, announced the sale as it sought to move away from plastics to focus on recyclable packaging materials and corrugated products.

Liqui-Box's planned takeover of DS Smith's unit adds to a long list of M&A in the packaging sector, which private equity firms have been focusing on for its stable cashflow and demand from online shopping.

A couple of months back, Europe's biggest plastic packaging group RPC Group agreed to a buyout offer from plastics maker Berry Global Group Inc that valued the company at £3.34 billion (€3 billion).

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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