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Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules

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Section 7A of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a, as added by Title II of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, requires persons contemplating certain mergers or acquisitions to give the Federal Trade Commission and the Assistant Attorney General advance notice and to wait designated periods before consummation of such plans. Section 7A(b)(2) of the Act permits the agencies, in individual cases, to terminate this waiting period prior to its expiration and requires that notice of this action be published in the Federal Register.

The following transactions were granted early termination of the waiting period provided by law and the premerger notification rules. The grants were made by the Federal Trade Commission and the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Neither agency intends to take any action with respect to these proposed acquisitions during the applicable waiting period.Start Printed Page 76471

Trans No.AcquiringAcquiredEntities
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/15/2004
20050145Albert FrereRosemore, IncCrown Central Petroleum Corporation
20050152Leonard RiggioBarnes & Noble, IncBarnes & Noble, Inc.
20050158Seaport Capital Partners, II, L.PRobert and Kathleen TitschNational Training Institute, Ltd.; Taurus Publishing Inc.; Virgo Publishing, Inc.
20050168MBNA CorporationAmSouth BancorporationAmSouth Bank.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/16/2004
20050146Baton Holdco I L.L.CH. Wayne HuizengaBoca Resorts, Inc.
20050160Cruise Luxco 1 S.a.r.lEQT IIThule AB
20050161Mitsui & Co., LtdCornerstone Nutritional Labs, L.CCornerstone Nutritional Labs, L.C.
20050163American Capital Strategies, LtdLafayette Investment Parallel Fund, L.PHospitality Mints LLC
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/18/2004
20050157Odyssey Investment Partners Fund, L.PRonald V. ValentaPortosan Company, L.L.C.; Redwood Sanitary Services, Inc.
20050164Thomas Weisel Capital Partners, L.PGlenn W. Johnson IIIAircast Incorporated.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/19/2004
20050101Bayer A.GRobert TaubOpperbas Holdings B.V.
20050166Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Equity Fund V, L.PCharlesbank Equity Fund V, Limited PartnershipRegency Gas Services LLC
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/22/2004
20050175Wilh. Werhahn KGMr. Dal LaMagnaTweezerman Corporation
20050178Schering-Plough CorporationViroPharma IncorporatedViroPharma Incorporated.
20050179Bayer AGRoche Holding LtdBayer-Roche LLC
20050181Onex Partners LPBrockway Moran & Partners, IncBMP/CEI Holdings, Inc.
20050182Genstar Capital Partners III, L.PColfax CorporationColfax Corporation.
20050186Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) S.C.AThe Chalone Wine Group, LtdThe Chalone Wine Group, Ltd.
20050188Platinum Equity Capital Partners, L.PGeneral Electric CompanyGE IT Solutions, Inc.
20050206Media/Communications Partners III Limited PartnershipRoy MayersMerrimack M&R Realty LLC; Options Publishing, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/23/2004
20050187Questor Partners Fund II, L.PPolar CorporationPolar Corporation.
20050190First Horizon National CorporationThe Goldman Sachs Group, IncSpear, Leeds & Kellogg, L.P.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/24/2004
20041154Kenneth R. ThomsonInformation Holdings IncInformation Holdings Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/26/2004
20050212Regis CorporationHair Club Group IncHair Club Group Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/29/2004
20050211Mr. Francisco Riberas PampliegaMatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners L.POxford Automotive Alabama, Inc.; Oxford Automotive, Inc.
20050219BP p.l.cSalvay S.ABP Solvay Olefins, L.P.; BP Solvay Polyethylene North America
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/30/2004
20050192Cajun Holding CompanyAFC Enterprises, IncAFC Enterprises, Inc.
20050201Asia Opportunity Fund, L.PFuturis Corporation LtdAir International (US) Inc.
20050207AMERIGROUP CorporationCareplus, LLCCareplus, LLC.
20050214Thayer Equity Investors V, L.PWind Point Partners III, L.PQualitor, Inc.
20050217Blackstone Capital Partners (Cayman) IV, L.PGlass Holdings LimitedGerrresheimer Beteiligungs GmbH
20050223Richard B. HandlerJefferies Group, IncJefferies Group, Inc.
20050224Legg Mason, IncDeutsche Bank AGDeutsche Investment Management Americas, Inc.
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20050230Jones Apparel Group, IncBarneys New York, IncBarneys New York, Inc.
20050235Enbridge IncRoyal Dutch Petroleum CompanyMississippi Canyon Gas Pipeline, LLC; Shell Gas Gathering, LLC.
20050236Francisco Partners, L.PWRQ, IncWRQ, Inc.
20050237Olympus Growth Fund IV, L.PK. Brent McGruderK-Mac Enterprises, Inc.
20050241GATX CorporationGeneral Motors CorporationLocomotive Leasing Partners, LLC.
20050254ALLTEL CorporationALLTEL CorporationAppleton-Oshkosh-Neenah MSA Limited Partnership.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—12/02/2004
20050148Lockheed Martin CorporationCarlyle Partners III, L.PSippican Holdings Inc.
20050205Time Warner IncGateway, IncGateway, Inc.
20050220Novo Nordisk FoundationAradigm CorporationAradigm Corporation.
20050240Celerity Holding Company, IncKinetics Holdings, LLCCelerity Group, Inc.; FTS Systems, Inc.; Kinetic Chempure Systems, Inc.
20050243GTRC Fund VII, L.PNewQuest LLCGulfQuest, L.P.; HealthSpring Management, Inc.; HealthSpring of Alabama, Inc.; HealthSpring of Illinois I, Inc.; HealthSpring USA, LLC; HouQuest, LLC; New Quest Management of Alabama, LLC; NewQuest Management of Illinois, LLC; Signature Health Alliance, Inc.; Texas HealthSpring I, LLC; TexQuest, LLC.
20050247Firmenich International SANoville, IncNoville, Inc.
20050258Phillips-Van Heusen CorporationVestar Capital Partners III, L.PCluett Peabody & Co., Inc.; Cluett Peabody Resources Corporation
Transactions Granted Early Termination—12/03/2004
20050216Omnicare, IncClinimetrics Research Associates, IncClinimetrics Research Associates, Inc.
20050231Alberto-Culver CompanyJohn TobiasInnovations Successful Salon Services, Inc.
20050232Alberto-Culver CompanySamuel LicursiInnovations Successful Salon Services, Inc.
20050233Rentech, IncRoyster-Clark Group, IncRoyster-Clark Group, Inc.
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Sandra M. Peay, Contact Representative; or Renee Hallman, Case Management Assistant, Federal Trade Commission, Premerger Notification Office, Bureau of Competition, Room H-303, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-3100.

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By Direction of the Commission.

Donald S. Clark,


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[FR Doc. 04-27851 Filed 12-20-04; 8:45 am]