By Natalia Drozdiak

Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. will present their arguments to the European Union antitrust regulator for their proposed merger in a private hearing Monday, according to people familiar with the matter. The companies will seek to address concerns by the European Commission outlined in a so-called statement of objections. Oral hearings are common in EU reviews of large, complex mergers. The commission has signaled that one of its primary concerns about the merger is that it could reduce the number of innovators in the crop-protection industry.

Writeto Natalia Drozdiak at natalia.drozdiak@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 06, 2017 10:49 ET (15:49 GMT)

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