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January 30, 2009
Roche Goes Hostile - Or Does It?
An analysis of the offer here, from the Dealbook blog at the New York Times. This one leans toward the idea that the whole thing is an attempt to move Genentech's board to accept a deal, rather than go through with a real tender offer. Either way, someone's clearly been reading Delaware securities law (and the original affiliation agreement between the two companies) very closely indeed.
No matter what the intent, not everyone thinks it's it going to work. And as with the Pfizer / Wyeth deal, the cost of insuring Roche's debt have gone up steeply in response to all this.
Meanwhile, at the WSJ Health Blog, they're wondering how this is all going down with Genentech's "brainy, headstrong" scientific staff. Maybe Roche figures there aren't many other places to go? More on this Monday when some of the dust settles.
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