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    1. December 7, 2014

      Abe pushes ‘womenomics’ to shake up Japan’s workforce dynamic

      When Eikei Suzuki took time off work following the birth of his first child, it made national news in Japan. In joining the...

    2. June 20, 2014

      Shareholders attack Takeda for hiring foreign executives

      A push by Japan’s biggest drugmaker to globalise has come under attack by more than 100 former executives and shareholders,...

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    1. April 8, 2014

      Takeda and Eli Lilly fall foul of  jury in Actos trial

      For Mark Lanier, it was the biggest victory of his career as a plaintiff’s lawyer: a $9bn award for punitive damages against...

    2. January 29, 2014

      Japanese boardrooms learn to love English

      English, the lingua franca of boardrooms and even, in some cases, factory floors from Paris to Nairobi, remains a distinctly...

    3. November 30, 2013

      Takeda picks GSK executive as next CEO

      Takeda Pharmaceutical said on Saturday its board of directors has approved Christophe Weber, an executive of...

    4. June 27, 2013

      Aspen Pharmacare agrees Merck plant acquisition

      Aspen Pharmacare has agreed to buy a manufacturing plant from Merck of the US as part of a $1bn deal, as the South African...

    5. December 26, 2012

      Pharma groups hope for diet drugs binge

      As Christmas overeating gives way to under-fulfilled new year diets, the pharmaceutical industry’s appetite has been whetted...

    6. September 11, 2012

      Takeda brings Russian plant on stream

      Takeda has completed a €75m medicines factory in Russia, signalling the Japanese pharmaceutical group’s expanding commitment...

    7. July 9, 2012

      Monsanto sets record with debt issue

      Monsanto, the world’s biggest seedmaker by revenues, established a new benchmark for a US corporate debt sale by issuing...

    8. May 14, 2012

      Asia mixed after China easing

      It was a mixed picture for Asian shares after China took further steps to shore up its slowing economy by cutting banks’...

    9. May 3, 2012

      Sandoz gains dermatology lead with Fougera

      Novartis’s generic drugs division Sandoz has agreed to buy Fougera Pharmaceuticals for $1.53bn in cash in a deal that...

    10. March 28, 2012

      Amylin jumps 50% on talk of failed bid

      Shares in Amylin Pharmaceuticals rose more than 50 per cent on Wednesday on reports of a spurned $3.5bn takeover bid for the...

    11. February 7, 2012

      Eisai to focus on East Asia

      Eisai, the Japanese drugmaker, is to refocus its business on East Asia, in a sign of renewed confidence in the region that...

    12. February 5, 2012

      North Asia to lead wave of M&A activity

      North Asian companies will lead a wave of acquisition activity out of the region this year as South Korean executives...

    13. January 25, 2012

      Pharma groups target specialised deals

      Roche sought to strengthen its position in personalised medicine with a $5.7bn hostile bid early on Wednesday for Illumina...

    14. January 18, 2012

      Takeda to axe tenth of workforce in revamp

      Japanese drug company Takeda is to close sites and cut 2,800 jobs in Europe and North America – almost a tenth of its total...

    15. November 7, 2011

      Chinese property and cars drag indices lower

      Chinese property and automobile sector shares fell on Monday, dragging local and pan-Asia Pacific indices lower. Carmakers...

    16. November 7, 2011

      Asian shares up on Europe’s modest progress

      Friday 03:45 GMT. Asian shares staged a modest rebound on rising hopes that Europe’s debt crisis will be contained, although...

    17. September 15, 2011

      Pair charged on pharma takeover trades

      A former Mercer human resources consultant and a former investment adviser were charged with securities fraud Thursday for...

    18. September 8, 2011

      Nordic Capital set to sell its stake in Thule

      Nordic Capital has put up for sale its stake in Thule, the Swedish maker of car roof boxes, snow chains and trailers, ahead...

    19. August 14, 2011

      Debt market woes lead to buy-out chill

      A few months ago, private equity managers looked set to be heading back towards the dealmaking frenzy of 2007, when highly...

    20. August 8, 2011

      Schincariol bid raises questions for Japan Inc

      Schincariol is not Japan Inc’s first brush with tough acquisitions. Three years before Kirin, the Japanese beer group,...

    21. June 29, 2011

      Busy year for private equity as debt markets bounce back

      Private equity groups splashed out on deals and sold large chunks of their global portfolios in the first half of the year,...

    22. June 27, 2011

      Discovery is running ahead of delivery

      When Pfizer, the US drugs company, announced the closure of its landmark research and development centre at Sandwich in the...

    23. June 27, 2011

      Japan: Drug companies seek growth fillip abroad

      Yasuchika Hasegawa, chief executive of Takeda, does not mince his words when he talks about domestic acquisitions. “We are...

    24. June 2, 2011

      Lanxess in talks to buy Taminco

      The wave of takeovers in the chemical sector looks set to continue after it emerged that Lanxess of Germany is in talks to...

    25. May 24, 2011

      Buy-out groups hit record in sales spree

      Private equity groups have cashed in a record amount of money by selling companies in the past two months as they aim to...

    26. May 22, 2011

      Corporate finance: Rivers of riches

      Stratospheric stash: Multinationals are replete with cash – and the way they deploy it will be crucial to the global economy...

    27. May 22, 2011

      Japanese groups seek bite of foreign M&A

      In the world of mergers and acquisitions, Japan has rarely been a shining example of bold moves. But last week’s combined...

    28. May 20, 2011

      Nikkei remains in thrall to utilities and banks

      The exposure of utility companies and banks to government plans to help Tokyo Electric Power address compensation claims...

    29. FT Alphaville

      May 20, 2011

      Overnight markets: Mixed

      Asian shares fluctuated on Friday as resources stocks fell on lower commodity prices, while Japanese utility shares remained...

    30. May 19, 2011

      Japan: time to get off its assets

      If Japan’s policymakers want a breather in the coming days and weeks, they might consider a stroll around Takahashi Korekiyo...

    31. May 19, 2011

      Takeda completes Nycomed purchase

      Takeda expressed interest in fresh international acquisitions even as it concluded the largest cross-border takeover by a...

    32. May 16, 2011

      Teva buys Japanese drugmaker for $460m

      Teva of Israel took a leap towards its ambition of becoming Japan’s largest generic drugs group with the purchase of the...

    33. FT Alphaville

      May 13, 2011

      Takeda in $14bn talks with Nycomed

      Takeda Pharmaceutical reported a 17% annual fall in net profits on Thursday as it emerged the Japanese company is in...

    34. May 12, 2011

      Takeda / Nycomed

      Take one company in trouble and lump it together with another company in trouble. The result is unlikely to fix either....

    35. May 12, 2011

      Takeda in $14bn talks to buy Nycomed

      Takeda of Japan is in advanced talks to buy Nycomed, the Swiss drugs company, in a deal likely to value the business at up...

    36. FT Alphaville

      May 12, 2011

      Takeda in $12bn deal talks with Nycomed

      Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical is eyeing a $12bn takeover of Swiss drugmaker Nycomed too give it a foothold in emerging...

    37. FT Alphaville

      May 12, 2011

      Takeda eyes Nycomed for $14bn-plus

      Takeda Pharmaceutical, Asia’s largest drugmaker, is in advanced talks to acquire closely held Swiss competitor Nycomed,...

    38. May 12, 2011

      Schroders alumni in FTSE chairs

      While only a few of the Schroders alumni remain at Citigroup, those who have exited are now players in the boardrooms....

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