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US regulator gives Cosco the green light for OOCL takeover

Cosco Shipping Holdings has announced that a US anti-trust review has cleared the company’s takeover of Hong Kong containerline OOCL.

Cosco said the deal is still waiting for approvals from China’s Department of Commerce and the European Union in order meet the prerequisites of the transaction.

In July, Cosco, along with port group SIPG, sealed a deal to acquire OOCL at an offer price of $10.07 per share. The acquisition will take Cosco into third place in the global container fleet rankings with a  around 2.4m slots.

Last week, Cosco shareholders voted in favour of the deal at a general meeting.

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Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.

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