20 January 2010 12:04 [Source: ICIS news]
MUMBAI (ICIS news)--Reliance Industries will have to re-evaluate its strategy for acquiring LyondellBasell following a recent ruling by a US bankruptcy court, a source familiar with the developments said on Wednesday.
“The unsecured creditors’ bid [to include the Reliance offer] has been rejected. That route is closed. And the exclusivity period [for the management plan] is until 15 April. So Reliance will have to rework its strategy,” said the source.
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The court also rejected a request by unsecured creditors to expand the scope of an examiner to review how Lyondell was evaluating Reliance’s bid.
“Reliance can still make a binding bid to the LyondellBasell management and then they can take it to court; it can also increase its offer. Reliance will have to evaluate [options],” the source said.
Reliance declined to comment for this story.
Reliance first made a preliminary, non-binding offer for LyondellBasell in November 2009.
Earlier this month, Reliance was reported to have raised its offer by $1.5bn (€1.05bn) to $13.5bn.
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