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Aug 2, 2012

Biotech M&A at 4-year high as pharma faces expiring patents

By Soyoung Kim and Paritosh Bansal

(Reuters) – Global biotech merger volume has reached levels not seen in four years as big pharmaceutical companies pursue deals to get access to new drugs, with bankers saying therapeutic areas such as cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases are proving to be especially attractive.

Large pharmaceutical companies that have expired patents are looking for products to supplement their drug development efforts and sometimes to also give their primary-care sales forces more drugs to sell, according to healthcare bankers at Credit Suisse Group (CSGN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Aug 1, 2012

Credit Suisse names DeNunzio global chairman of M&A

Aug 1 (Reuters) – Credit Suisse Group AG named
veteran investment banker David DeNunzio as global chairman of
mergers and acquisitions, as part of a broader reshuffling of
the group in recent weeks, according to an internal memo on
Wednesday.

DeNunzio’s appointment comes after Steve Koch, who was
co-chairman of the M&A group, decided to retire to become the
deputy mayor of Chicago, effective Sept. 4.

Jul 19, 2012

Washington Mutual plans to come back to life

By Paritosh Bansal

(Reuters) – The remnants of Washington Mutual Inc, the biggest U.S. bank to fail, has hired Blackstone Group LP (BX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to advise it on how to grow — possibly in a business other than banking.

In an unusual step, WMI Holdings (WMIH.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the parent company of the failed bank, is considering buying companies or starting businesses using a $125 million credit facility, “substantial cash” and advice from the Wall Street private equity company.

Jul 19, 2012

Surge in biotech deals to unlock big investor profits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Large investors in U.S. biotech companies are likely to capture serious windfall profits as deal activity picks up in the sector.

A Reuters analysis of investors’ average cost found that six U.S. biotech companies flagged as potential takeover targets could yield billions of dollars in profits for their major shareholders at current share prices.

Jul 18, 2012

Dealtalk: Surge in biotech deals to unlock big investor profits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Large investors in U.S. biotech companies are likely to capture serious windfall profits as deal activity picks up in the sector.

A Reuters analysis of investors’ average cost found that six U.S. biotech companies flagged as potential takeover targets could yield billions of dollars in profits for their major shareholders at current share prices.

Jul 11, 2012

Canada’s TMX in talks to buy Direct Edge -sources

NEW YORK/TORONTO, July 11 (Reuters) – TMX Group Inc,
the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, is in talks to buy
U.S. stock market operator Direct Edge Holdings LLC, sources
familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The deal hinges on TMX closing its own deal to be acquired
by Maple Group, a consortium of Canadian banks, pension funds
and financial firms, one source said.

Jul 10, 2012

Exclusive: Icahn offered to settle with Forest before battle

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Activist investor Carl Icahn said he had initially tried to avoid a proxy fight against Forest Laboratories Inc and had offered to take at least two seats on the U.S. drugmaker’s board, but he was rebuffed, leading to a battle that is becoming increasingly bitter and personal.

Icahn, Forest’s second-largest shareholder with a stake of about 10 percent, re-launched a proxy battle against the maker of the Lexapro antidepressant in recent months and has now nominated four directors for Forest’s board, after losing a similar battle for board seats last year.

Jul 9, 2012

Forest hires search firm, rejects Icahn nominees

By Paritosh Bansal

(Reuters) – Forest Laboratories Inc (FRX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday its board had hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart to find a successor to its 84-year-old chief executive, Howard Solomon, and urged shareholders to reject director nominees put forth by activist investor Carl Icahn.

The U.S. drugmaker said its independent directors are leading the search process, which includes the consideration of internal and external candidates. The company said it had a deep management bench, which included David Solomon, who is the son of its long-time CEO and was promoted in November 2010.

Jul 7, 2012

Man United filing shows Glazers’ borrowing, buying debt

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Manchester United’s filing for an initial public offering of shares in the United States is shedding fresh light on the way its owners, the Glazer family, both borrowed from and bought debt in the English soccer club in recent years.

American entrepreneur Malcolm Glazer and his six children, who took control of the English soccer club in 2005 after a bitter takeover battle, have in the past been criticized by fans for saddling the club with too much debt, amid fears that it didn’t have as much money as some rivals to compete to buy and retain top players.

Jul 3, 2012

GSK lines up nominees for Human Genome board: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has lined up candidates to replace the entire board of Human Genome Sciences Inc (HGSI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) as it weighs options after its hostile $2.6 billion bid for the U.S. biotech company was rejected, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

The British pharmaceutical giant will wait to see the outcome of Human Genome’s ongoing efforts to find a buyer in a separate auction process before deciding its next move, including whether to try to replace the U.S. company’s board, the source said.