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M&A MEGA-DEALS AND THE ENDLESS CAROUSEL

Jan 01, 2019 - The Banker
Financial Results

Cross-border M&A has always been long-winded, costly and risky, but several deals that closed in 2018 stretched beyond reasonably foreseeable timescales. What is making these mergers more painful? Kat Van Hoof investigates the mechanics of antitrust in mega-mergers and the rise of protectionism.

Two years, millions of pages of paperwork and $9bn-worth of divestments. That is what it took to get Bayer's $66bn takeover of Monsanto, a US-based seeds and pesticides business, across the finish ...