The Chinese MOFCOM requires divestitures and behavioural commitments to approve a merger in the market of agrochemical products, material science products and speciality products (Dow / DuPont)

On 29 April 2017, the MOFCOM approved the merger between Dow and DuPont, subject to structural and behavioural conditions. The merger notification was submitted on 21 March 2016, which was accepted as complete on 6 May 2016. The review went into an extended phase 2, and the parties withdrew their notification upon the expiry of that period. The parties re-submitted the notification, which was accepted by the MOFCOM on 17 November 2016 and again went into extended phase 2 review. Competition assessment The MOFCOM found that the Dow and DuPont had horizontal overlaps in 9 agrochemical products (covering various selective herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides) and 7 material science products and specialty products. It also found that vertical

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