AMSTERDAM, Feb 8 (Reuters) – With Dutch biotech Crucell
(CRCL.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) about to be gobbled up by U.S. giant Johnson & Johnson
(JNJ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), its chief executive Ronald Brus will need to deliver
new vaccines quickly to make a success of the acquisition.
The deal looks in the bag after Crucell shareholders voted
through changes to its statutes and approved the nomination of
mostly J&J employees to its advisory board earlier on Tuesday.
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) – The defence lawyer for former Liberian president Charles Taylor defied the Sierra Leone war crimes court on Tuesday, walking out in protest ahead of closing arguments in the case and calling it a farce.
Taylor, the first African ruler to stand trial for war crimes, is charged with instigating murder, rape, mutilation, sexual slavery and conscription of child soldiers during a brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. He denies the charges.
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) – The defense lawyer for former Liberian President Charles Taylor walked out of a war crimes court on Tuesday protesting that his client’s rights to a fair trial were being abused.
Lawyer Courtenay Griffiths walked out after judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone ruled on Monday against allowing the defense to file a final document because they had missed a January 14 deadline to submit it.
AMSTERDAM, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Belgian chemicals and plastics
maker Solvay (SOLB.BR: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) pocketed 4.5 billion euros ($6.1 billion)
in cash from the sale of its drugs unit last year and now faces
a dilemma over how to invest that money.
The company says it wants to invest in industrial assets,
yet last month a Danish newspaper said it was outbid by DuPont
(DD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in an auction of Danish enzymes group Danisco (DCO.CO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) – The U.N.-backed Lebanon tribunal opened its first session on Monday trying to settle legal points before it can issue arrest warrants in the assassination of former premier Rafik al-Hariri.
The hearing took place against the backdrop of a political crisis in Lebanon, where the militant Shi’ite Hezbollah movement and its allies toppled the government of Hariri’s son, Saad al-Hariri, over his refusal to cut links with the tribunal.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch government will do everything possible to determine whether a Dutch-Iranian woman who was executed in Iran was tortured, and to return her body to her family, the foreign minister told parliament on Thursday.
The Netherlands froze diplomatic contacts with Iran after Zahra Bahrami, a 45-year-old woman with dual Dutch-Iranian citizenship, was hanged on Saturday for drug smuggling, a charge that her family says was fabricated after she was arrested for participating in anti-government protests in 2009.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The minority Dutch government won parliamentary support on Friday for a small police training mission in Afghanistan, a year after the previous government fell over the question of whether to withdraw troops.
Losing the parliamentary vote would have been a blow for Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s minority Liberal-Christian Democrat government ahead of provincial elections in March. Those elections help determine the make-up of the Dutch Senate.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The minority Dutch government on Thursday amended the terms of its proposed new mission to Afghanistan in a last-minute bid to win wider parliamentary support for the deployment.
The previous government in the Netherlands fell a year ago over whether to pull troops out of Afghanistan, and within months the Dutch forces had been repatriated.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Private equity giant Carlyle Group has agreed to buy Dutch private equity fund of funds AlpInvest Partners, to bulk up its product menu and attract more money from investors.
The deal would catapult Carlyle Group to rank as the world’s largest private equity firm by assets under management, ahead of Blackstone <BX.N, and provide a springboard for AlpInvest to expand internationally. No financial details were disclosed.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Private equity giant Carlyle Group agreed to buy Dutch-based private equity fund-of-funds AlpInvest Partners to bulk up its product offering and attract more money from potential investors.
The deal could catapult Carlyle Group to rank as the world’s largest private equity firm by assets under management and would provide a springboard for AlpInvest to expand internationally. No financial details were disclosed.