Wall Street Journal  Jul 18  Comment 
Global takeover activity is up 53% this year, with AbbVie's $54 billion tie-up with Shire pushing deal activity past the $2 trillion mark.  Jul 18  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Giant Interactive Group Inc. (GA) announced the completion of its merger with Giant Merger Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Giant Investment Limited, pursuant to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger,...  Jul 18  Comment 
Chicago-based AbbVie announced an agreement on a $54.7 billion merger with Britain's Shire designed to slash AbbVie's tax bill by moving its legal home out of the United States.  Jul 18  Comment 
SAINT HELIER (dpa-AFX) - US-based AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) and Irish drug company Shire Plc. (SHP.L, SHPG) Friday said they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended combination of Shire with AbbVie. Under the terms of the Merger, Shire...  Jul 18  Comment 
TURIN (dpa-AFX) - Italian automaker Fiat SpA (FIATY) said Thursday that it has not held talks with German auto giant Volkswagen AG (VKW.L, VLKAF, VOW.BE) regarding a potential merger. "Fiat states that they have not held discussions with...
Reuters  Jul 17  Comment 
Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday.
Reuters  Jul 17  Comment 
In the latest sign of financial pressures in the legal industry, the 123-year-old Boston law firm Bingham McCutchen is seeking a merger with another top U.S. firm and has reached out to...
Reuters  Jul 17  Comment 
The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:
Wall Street Journal  Jul 17  Comment 
Italian auto maker's shares rise 4% in Milan after a report that its controlling shareholders are in talks with the family owners of Volkswagen.  Jul 17  Comment 
Media companies are eyeing each other for acquisitions to ward off competitive threats

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