Zimmer agrees with EC to extend deal review deadline by 'limited number of days' Zimmer Holdings announced that it has agreed with the European Commission to extend the deadline for the EC's review of Zimmer's proposed acquisition of Biomet by a "limited number of days" in order to provide the EC with certain additional information. Under the previous timeline, the EC had until March 11, 2015 to make a final decision on the proposed transaction. As a result of this extension, the deadline for the EC's final decision will be extended by the limited amount of additional time that Zimmer has agreed to provide to the EC. "Deadline extensions are not uncommon in such in-depth investigations. Zimmer has been working closely with the regulatory authorities to facilitate their review of the pending transaction and is encouraged by the substantial progress that has been made to date in connection with the overall regulatory process. Zimmer continues to expect to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2015," the company said.