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  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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’...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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,...

  20. 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,...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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....

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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,...

  37. 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....

  38. January 25, 2011

    Rethinking Japan’s white-collar hiring

    Few people would need four years of higher learning to conclude that Japan Inc’s idiosyncratic system of graduate...

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