FTC Approves Proposed Divestiture in Matter of Thermo Electron Corporation

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Commission approval of proposed divestiture: The Commission has approved a petition for proposed divestiture from Thermo Electron Corporation (Thermo). Under the consent agreement and order with the FTC regarding Thermo’s proposed acquisition of Fisher Scientific International, Inc., the respondent is required to divest the high-performance centrifugal vacuum evaporators (CVEs) assets, as that term is defined in the order, to a Commission-approved buyer. In its petition, Thermo requested FTC approval to divest the CVE assets to Riverlake Equity Partners, L.P. and, in part owing to the acquisition of certain indirect ownership interests, to MVC Capital, Inc. By a vote of 5-0, the Commission has now approved the proposed divestiture. (FTC File No. 061-0187, Docket No. C-4170; the staff contact is Roberta Baruch, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2861; see press releases dated October 17, 2006 and February 9, 2007.)

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.


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