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This quarter’s global mergers and acquisitions activity and the deals and dealmakers involved
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Mylan: pen is not mightier

Drug group has yet to justify the pricing on Epipen

Playtech shares hit record high

Gambling software group pays €150m special dividend

Former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville wants to construct two skyscrapers just yards from the city’s Grade I listed town hall and library
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Heritage lobby puts boot into Neville plan

Campaigners oppose ex-Man Utd player’s skyscrapers proposal

South32 reports $16bn net loss for year

Company spun out of BHP Billiton is looking at acquisitions


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Insight into M&A in the technology, media and tele-communications sector

ITV ends pursuit of ‘Peppa Pig’ producer

Shares in Entertainment One drop more than 10% on abandoned bid

Nordea and DNB to combine Baltic units

Merger will create the second-biggest bank in the region

Ahold Delhaize sees price cuts pay off

Newly merged Dutch-Belgian grocer benefits from higher US volumes

Oil slump hits SNP case for independence

Economists warn figures show breakaway nation would face huge fiscal challenges

Glencore meanders back to life

Quiet success for public market stewardship

Pfizer snaps up AstraZeneca antibiotics

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker says $1.6bn sale will allow it to concentrate on core areas

Merger costs hit Paddy Power Betfair

Deal savings to be achieved a year earlier than planned

Maersk must find way back to sales growth

Danish conglomerate may break up to weather ‘perfect storm’

Wesfarmers profit hit by Target and coal woes

UK expansion of Bunnings bright spot for Australian conglomerate

SABMiller exit shrinks springbok herd

Beginning of the end looms for South Africa’s City adventure

Rank confident of digital strategy

Deals possible after collapse of William Hill takeover bid

Court backs SABMiller plan to split vote

Ruling allows exclusion of brewer’s 2 largest shareholders

Polish insurer in talks to buy Bank Pekao

PZU attempts to build a lending business

China Inc has sights beyond Liverpool

Country’s spending spree shows signs of picking up

Liverpool fans cautious on new investors

Supporters keen for more details about interest from consortium involving state-backed Chinese group

Pfizer looks to conquer cancer with deal

Drugmaker’s $14bn deal is part of strategy to lead in oncology

Renesas/Intersil: empty the nest

Buying Intersil makes little industrial or financial sense

Pfizer makes $14bn bet on cancer drugs

Bid for Medivation to build position as leader in oncology

Pfizer/Medivation: combination therapy

Pfizer must hope for performance that justifies the premium paid

Liverpool FC/Everbright: home and away

A dearth of trophies has barely troubled the football club’s bottom line

ChemChina clears hurdle in Syngenta deal

Shares in Swiss group jump but takeover still subject to final regulatory approval

SGX and Baltic Exchange agree terms

London-based bourse compiles the Baltic Dry Index

Cargill seeks to trim sprawling empire

Leading agricultural trader is exiting certain activities as it grapples with commodities downturn

Renesas considers bid for rival Intersil

Japanese chipmaker said to be eyeing $3bn deal for US rival

Shareholder dispute dents Vanke results

Developer says tussle has shaken investor and upended projects

Uniper energy MUST Credi Uniper

Eon’s Uniper loses €3.9bn in first half

Newly-created power company hit by writedowns

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Croda and Synthomer eye niche acquisitions

Specialty chemicals groups in the market for deals

Pfizer nears $14bn takeover of Medivation

US drug company set to win auction for California biotech group

US doctors waste millions on branded drugs

Cheap generics overlooked by prescribers

Football club would fit Everbright’s focus

Financial group keen to tap China demand for sports entertainment

Citi in deal with Singapore ride-hailing app

Bank hopes to tap customer networks built up by ride-hailing apps

Liverpool owners hire advisers after approach

Lucrative media rights draw investors to Premier League 

Mary Ann Deignan leaves Bank of America

One of Wall Street’s most senior female bankers joins Lazard’s corporate preparedness unit

JPMorgan settles WaMu case against FDIC

Bank to drop claims against agency after $645m payment

William Hill surges after merger halted

Shares up after tie-up abandoned but analysts say hurdles remain