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After Thumbs-Up Given to Shire Buy, Weber’s Leadership Will Now Be Put to Test

By Takashi Ebisawa December 12, 2018
On January 8, Japan’s biggest-ever outbound acquisition is expected to come to fruition, with London-listed Shire coming under the wing of Takeda Pharmaceutical. The Japanese major is paying £46 billion, or about 7 trillion yen, for the cash-and-stock deal, and…

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By Takashi Ebisawa and Tatsuya Otsuka

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