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  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25- South Africa's Competition Tribunal on Wednesday approved a merger between London- based spirit maker Diageo and local firm Brandhouse Beverages.

  • Shire takeover talk sends Baxalta shares soaring Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 12:12 AM ET

    A new takeover offer for U.S. biotech firm Baxalta would create one of the world's leading specialists in rare diseases.

  • *Pfizer-Allergan deal fails to inspire Wall Street investors. TOKYO, Nov 24- Asian shares struggled on Tuesday after a healthcare mega-merger failed to impress Wall Street, while the dollar took a breather from its run to 8- month highs on rising convictions that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month. "We're post Japan Inc earnings now and the...

  • Nov 23- Petco Holdings Inc agreed to be acquired by CVC Capital Partners Ltd and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in a $4.6 billion deal, after merger talks with market leader PetSmart Inc stalled last month due to antitrust concerns. Based in San Diego, California, Petco was founded as a mail-order company in 1965 and currently operates more than 1,400...

  • Clinton, Sanders oppose Pfizer-Allergan deal Monday, 23 Nov 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders are bashing plans by Pfizer and Allergan to join together in a $160 billion deal that will create the world's largest drugmaker. Martin O'Malley calls the merger "fundamentally unfair." This story has been corrected to correct spelling of Allergan.

  • JERUSALEM, Nov 23- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was against a planned merger between mobile phone operator Cellcom and smaller rival Golan Telecom, strengthening political opposition that threatens the deal. Cellcom, Israel's largest cellular provider, agreed on Nov. 5 to buy Golan for about $300 million but the deal has upset...

  • CVC, CPPIB near $4.7B deal to acquire Petco: Sources Monday, 23 Nov 2015 | 6:41 AM ET
    A Petco location in New York.

    A private-equity firm and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are nearing a deal to acquire Petco, valuing it at around $4.7 billion.

  • Pfizer set to buy Allergan for over $150B: Report Monday, 23 Nov 2015 | 3:15 AM ET
    Pfizer headquarters in New York.

    Pfizer secured formal board approval on Sunday for its acquisition of Botox maker Allergan, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • 'Pfizer-Allergan merger is about the taxes' Monday, 23 Nov 2015 | 12:02 AM ET
    'Pfizer-Allergan merger is about the taxes'

    Pfizer wants to access cash abroad at a reduced tax rate, explains Sachin Shah, special situations and merger arbitrage strategist at Albert Fried and Company.


  • NEW YORK— Pfizer Inc. and Allergan PLC are on the cusp of reaching a $150 billion deal that would create the world's largest drugmaker by sales, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter. Pfizer and Allergan representatives declined to comment. To help secure that lower tax rate, the deal will be technically...

  • Mega-mergers have been market drivers: Investor Sunday, 22 Nov 2015 | 5:08 PM ET
    Mega-mergers have been market drivers: Investor

    Michael Jones, CIO and chairman at Riverfront investment Group, explains why mergers like the Pfizer-Allergan deal are a logical "next best thing" for management.

  • Nov 22- Pfizer Inc's and Allergan Plc's boards of directors were due to approve their merger agreement on Sunday, in the healthcare sector's largest ever deal, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, valued at more than $150 billion, would involve Pfizer paying with 11.3 of its shares for each Allergan share, the people said. While the transaction...

  • Canadian Pacific's chief executive said Thursday he remains optimistic about completing a merger with Norfolk Southern but executives at the Virginia- based railroad haven't been willing to discuss the idea at length. Canadian Pacific CEO Hunter Harrison said he talked with Norfolk Southern's CEO James Squires for about two hours before announcing his...

  • Pfizer, Allergan in final stage of merger talks - CNBC Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 9:31 AM ET

    Nov 19- Pfizer Inc and Allergan Plc are in final stages of talks over an all-stock deal, CNBC tweeted, citing sources. Reuters reported on Wednesday that Pfizer's talks to acquire Allergan had accelerated, as the U.S. Pfizer will offer more than 11 shares for each Allergan share held, CNBC said on Thursday.

  • Pfizer, Allergan nearing all-stock deal: Sources Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 9:04 AM ET
    A vial of Allergan’s Botox is arranged next to boxes for a photograph at a doctor's office in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

    Pfizer and Allergan are in the final stages of discussions to merge, sources told CNBC on Thursday.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, Nov 19- Chinese regulators vetting Royal Dutch Shell's proposed merger with BG Group are pressing the Anglo-Dutch company to sweeten long-term gas supply contracts in a move that could cast new doubt over the near-term benefits of the $70 billion tie-up. For China, the opportunity to re-negotiate existing liquefied natural gas supply...

  • Watchdog OKs Shell's $70B BG Group takeover Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 | 6:45 PM ET

    Australia's competition watchdog said Royal Dutch Shell's $70B takeover of BG Group would not change the domestic natural gas market.

  • Nov 18- Willis Group Holdings is considering increasing its offer for Towers Watson& Co after failing to muster enough shareholder support for its $18 billion merger with the human resources consultancy, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Earlier today, Towers Watson said it planned to reconvene the shareholder meeting on Friday.

  • Nov 18- Towers Watson& Co adjourned a shareholder meeting on Wednesday after it failed to muster enough support for its $18 billion merger with insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, according to two people familiar with the matter. Towers Watson now plans to reconvene the shareholder meeting on Friday, according to the two sources, who spoke on condition of...