Status:  Clearance


Acquirer:  Linde plc (Ireland)

Acquired:  Praxair, Inc. (US)

Value:  Market Value in Excess of US$70 Billion

Industry:  Chemicals; Industrial Gases


UPDATE:  On October 31, 2018, Praxair, Inc., and Linde Aktiengesellschaft, under a Business Combination agreement dated June 1, 2017, “combined under Linde plc, a public limited company incorporated under the laws of Ireland (the “Company”), as contemplated by the business combination agreement, dated June 1, 2017.”   (Linde plc, Form 8-K, SEC Filing, Oct. 31, 2018.)  “On April 26, 2018, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) cleared the Business Combination.”  (Prospectus, Linde plc, Form 8-K, Ex-99.1, SEC Filing, Oct. 31 ,2018.)

Posted August 2017

Status: Upcoming/New Filing (updated)

According to a recent SEC Filing from Linde plc, “Linde plc, Linde and Praxair intend to file a joint voluntary notice with CFIUS as soon as possible following the publication of the offer document, likely by the end of September 2017.”  (See Linde plc Form S-4, Aug. 11, 2017, SEC Filing.)

Posted June 2017

Status: Upcoming/New Filing

On June 1, 2017, Praxair, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and Linde Aktiengesellschaft, a German stock corporation, entered into a business combination agreement pursuant to which they agreed to combine and become subsidiaries of a new Irish holding company, Zamalight plc, to be renamed Linde plc.  (See Praxair Form 8-K, June 1, 2017, SEC Filing.)  Zamalight Subco, Inc., an indirect wholly-owned Delaware subsidiary of Linde plc, will merge with and into Praxair, with Praxair surviving the Merger as a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Linde plc.  (Id.)  Praxair is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. (See Praxair Press Release, Linde and Praxair Sign Business Combination Agreement to Become a Leading Industrial Gas Company, Form 8-K, Ex-99.1, June 1, 2017, SEC Filing.) Linde is similarly one of the largest industrial gas companies in the world, and also operates an engineering division related to gas and chemical manufacturing plants. According to the agreement, CFIUS Approval is a condition to closing. (See Section 7.1(a)(ii)(B), Business Combination Agreement, Praxair Form 8-K, Ex-2.1, June 1, 2017, SEC Filing.)