Shire considers takeover of Swiss biotech group Actelion: Sunday Times

Pharmaceutical company Shire (SHP.L) is considering a 12 billion pound ($18.32 billion) takeover of Actelion Ltd (ATLN.VX) Europe's biggest biotech firm, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources.

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FDA approves NPS drug, in move validating Shire takeover deal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc's drug Natpara to treat a rare hormone disorder, validating a bet by Shire Plc, which recently agreed to acquire NPS for $5.2 billion.

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Scuttled deals worth $580 billion put hedge funds on back foot

Hedge funds specializing in bets on mergers and acquisitions are starting to see investors withdraw funds, prompting them to take a more cautious approach after being caught out by more than 500 corporate deals globally failing this year.

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Top Allergan holder Paulson urges deal with Shire: sources

Allergan Inc (AGN.N) shareholder Paulson & Co is urging the Botox maker to merge with specialty pharmaceutical company Shire Plc (SHP.L) as an alternative to a deal with hostile bidder Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO), according to two people familiar with the matter.

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AbbVie says $55 billion acquisition of Shire officially dead

U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc (ABBV.N) said on Monday it has reached agreement with Shire Plc (SHP.L) to officially call off its proposed $55 billion purchase of the Irish company, and will pay Shire a $1.64 billion breakup fee for walking away from the deal.

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Shire CFO to leave drugmaker as AbbVie drops bid

British drugmaker Shire (SHP.L) will lose its interim chief financial officer early next year to water supplier Severn Trent (SVT.L), the latest blow for Shire, whose proposed $55-billion acquisition by U.S. rival AbbVie (ABBV.N) was aborted last week.

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AstraZeneca, Shire fall as U.S. tax move punctures deal hopes

Shares in drugmakers AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and Shire (SHP.L) both fell more than 5 percent on Tuesday after the U.S. Treasury took steps to curb "inversion" deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad.

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Shire to acquire ViroPharma for USD4.2 billion

London-listed drugmaker Shire announced its intention to buy U.S. pharmaceutical company for USD4.2 billion.

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