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In latest M&A news, ConvaTec is up for sale

ConvaTec, maker of wound, ostomy and skin care products is exploring a sale of itself for as much as $10 billion with investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

AbbVie-Shire deal in jeopardy, but not necessarily dead

Shire, which believed only a day ago that it would soon be bought out by AbbVie in a $54 billion deal prompted by tax advantages, is not going to just roll over and play dead now that its pursuer is getting cold feet. It insists the deal should go through.

Shire shares are hammered as AbbVie looks to renege on $54B buyout

AbbVie to Shire: Maybe that idea about merging regardless of what the Obama administration thinks wasn't so hot after all.

Steris to buy Synergy for $1.9B in another med tech tax inversion deal

Sterilization and infection prevention products and services company Steris will acquire its more globally-focused peer Synergy Health in a cash and stock deal worth about $1.9 billion.

Top U.S. execs flee Ranbaxy as Sun Pharma merger looms: paper

Ranbaxy Laboratories has been a steady source of bad news over the past several years. And now that India-based rival Sun Pharmacueticals is preparing to take over, the company's top U.S. leadership is throwing in the towel.

EU extends deadline for ruling on Zimmer/Biomet merger to March 11

European Union antitrust regulators will now rule on the proposed $13.4 acquisition of Biomet by Zimmer by March 11, instead of Feb. 16, according to the European Commission's website. 

Meda launches $276M rights issue to help pay for Rottapharm

As Sweden's Meda wraps up its buyout of the Italian drugmaker Rottapharm, it's rolling out a rights issue--to the tune of 2 billion kronor, or about $276 million--to help finance the deal.

Medtronic reveals corporate shakeup pending close of Covidien deal

Days after Medtronic revealed plans to refinance its $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien due to new tax rules cracking down on inversions, the company announced a corporate shakeup pending the deal's close.

Impax gets products, manufacturing with $700M deal for allergy-drug makers

Back in August, Impax Laboratories CEO Fred Wilkinson told investors on a conference call that the company was "well-positioned to execute on a number of transactions." And now, the company has pulled the trigger on one of those deals, spending $700 million on a pair of Pennsylvania drugmakers.

With Allergan buy, Actavis could achieve its branded-drug ambitions

As Big Pharma's big patent cliff took hold a few years ago, generics makers enjoyed the sales boost of one newly off-patent blockbuster after another. But savvy execs knew that the unprecedented party would end soon enough--and generics companies would be facing a sort of patent cliff of their own.