All the latest news on deals and dealmaking from around the world

Shire halts $50bn acquisition spree

Drugmaker shifts focus to integrating assets and product launches


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This quarter’s global mergers and acquisitions activity and the deals and dealmakers involved

Mylan defends Meda deal after shares fall

Chief insists takeover will pay off despite high price

Lebedevs in talks over £24m i sale

Deal could trigger talk of Russian tycoons quitting UK media

Mylan in $9.9bn swoop on Sweden’s Meda

Deal is latest to reshape the market for copycat generic drugs

Visitors look at Sharp Corp.'s Aquos liquid crystal displays at the Combined Exhibiton of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC), Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on Wednesday, October 4, 2006. Photographer: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/ Bloomberg News; A man works in Foxconn's exhibition room during the Computex Technology Expo in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday, June 4, 2007. Taiwan's electronics manufacturing industry may increase its outsourcing to China as it focuses on developing wireless technology. Photographer: Maurice Tsai/Bloomberg News.

Sharp’s rescue to test Japanese openness

Foxconn’s offer for the electronics group could be groundbreaking


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Switzerland, strategies, competition, crisis fallout, technology, emerging markets, recruitment, consolidation

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

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Natixis buys 51% stake in Peter J Solomon

French bank looks to tap into US M&A boom

Hikma: hik-ups

An unsettling revision to an agreed deal

Asahi to buy Grolsch and Peroni brands

Japanese brewer in exclusive deal talks with AB InBev

Vonovia is a significant landlord in Dortmund

Vonovia’s €14bn Deutsche Wohnen bid fails

German landlord unable to win support of rival’s shareholders

Carlsberg cheered by rising Asian sales

Revenues from eastern Europe collapse

Investors down on Fortis’s takeover of ITC

Shares dip in both companies on news of deal

Profits growth fuels Vestas’ ambitions

Turbine maker targeting organic growth to maintain pole position

Pfizer seeks to soothe fears over R&D

Scientists worry Allergan model of buying in drugs will put jobs at risk

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Sofia, Bulgaria — a growing tech talent

New seed funds have boosted the start-up scene

Assa Abloy: lockdown

The Swedish lockmaker is less cyclical than you would expect

Randgold plays down big acquisitions

Shares jump after company proposes 10% dividend increase

Apollo Education to go private for $1.1bn

Buyout groups scrutinising for-profit education sector

AllianzGI buys bond house from Old Mutual

Purchase puts AllianzGI in competition with sister company Pimco

Water pipes

PE firm looks to Europe for green deals

Ambienta says region offers world-leading products

Wanted: one careful Chinese owner

Bids by state-owned enterprises raise questions for regulators

CK Hutchison in second Brussels battle

Proposed Italy deal combines the two smallest mobile operators

Hutchison mobile pledges do not add up

Regulators would be advised to delve past the fine flourishes and into the merger’s fine print

US investors target UK mental healthcare

Acadia’s purchase of Priory to unleash wave of consolidation

Johnston press printing press at Dinnington

Johnston Press thankful for small mercies

Pensions liability is less than expected for stretched media group

Private equity pressed to buy own stock

Executives frustrated as market fall could offer rich pickings

Trent Engines On The Production Assembly Line At The Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc Factory...An employee works on a Trent 700 aircraft engine on the production line at the Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc factory in Derby, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Rolls-Royce's XWB engine developed for the Airbus A350 should bring in twice the cash flow than the existing Trent 700 model on the Airbus A330, Chief Executive Warren East said in July. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Corporate Diary

Investors face Rolls-Royce payout decision

Chief executive of EE Olaf Swantee at Wembley Stadium 18/1/2016 For the Monday Interview. Biz Life
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Olaf Swantee, architect of EE’s 4G feat

Former chief of EE drove Britain’s superfast network upgrade before the operator’s sale to BT

M&A lawsuits: settling for less

Plaintiffs’ lawyers and CEOs should never be too cosy

Citadel buys NYSE market making business

KCG deal comes as Chinese investors buy Chicago Stock Exchange

Telecoms groups do battle over bundles

BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media compete to offer combined deals

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Ren Jianxin: merger master

ChemChina’s founder can win over foreign investors and Beijing, write Tom Mitchell and Ralph Atkins

Just Eat deals target lead consolidation

Internet takeaway groups strike €125m agreement

Hon Hai/Sharp: badly screened

Sale of the struggling group would be a win for Japan

Virgin Mobile engineers connecting a house to the Virgin telephone, internet and cable television network in North London

Virgin Media backs O2 merger with Three

Cable group says deal would boost competition in UK mobile market

Beijing buys German waste-to-energy group

Deal underlines China’s growing interest in European technology

Numbers games and existential angst

AstraZeneca and Shell chiefs take the stage, who gets applause?

Smith & Nephew makes products for orthopaedic reconstruction, such as hip replacements

S&N says results prove it can rival big groups

UK-listed medical device maker beats expectations

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Swiftkey deal highlights gap in AI world

Shortage of talent means the gulf between the haves and have-nots is in danger of becoming acute

Activist investors: hard drugs

J&J is too tough a target for activists. How about Novartis?


Nyrstar to end Noble zinc supply deal early

Miner says decision is not related to trader’s financial position