Category Archives: Deals

Pharma Feels Impact of US Tax Inversion Legislation

The recent termination of AbbVie’s deal to acquire Shire has “jolted the industry out of its reverie” by becoming pharma’s first major casualty of new US tax inversion legislation,  says research and consulting firm GlobalData.
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Merck KGaA Acquires Sigma-Aldrich for $17 Billion

Merck KGaA has announced that it has agreed to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $140 per share in cash, or a total of $17 billion. The purchase will expand the reach of Merck’s EMD Millipore chemical and equipment division, “increasing the company’s presence in North America and adding exposure to fast-growing Asian markets,” according to a press release from […]
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M&As: Past, Present, and Future

Pharmaceutical Technology’s Faiz Kermani looks at the long history of pharma mergers and finds no sign of the trend slowing down. It was suggested that in one week of April the total value of various rumored deals was of the order of US$100 billion, illustrating how cash-rich major pharmaceutical companies are. Many of the larger […]
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Pharma & Biotech Most Active Sector in UK M&As

The pharma, medical and biotech (PMB) sector, driven by the Novartis’s £8.6bn acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s oncology division, was the most active industry in UK M&A in H1 2014, with a 26.9% market share (£10.1bn), according to Mergermarket’s latest deal round-up. However M&A activity targeting the United Kingdom — standing at £37.5bn in H1 2014 — represented […]
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Medtech: Employment Up, Industry “Picking Up Steam”

Medtech employment remained steady in last year with most medical device makers experiencing an increase in their workforce, according to a new jobs report published by EP Vantage. Of the top 15 device makers, only three experienced a reduction in headcount and two of those were due to companies spinning off their respective pharmaceutical operations, […]
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