Slaughters and Linklaters lead on Takeda's £43bn takeover battle for Shire

Magic circle firms take lead roles as Japanese rival continues push to acquire Irish drug company Shire

Slaughter and May and Linklaters are advising as Japan’s Takeda ups its bid for Irish drug company Shire, with an offer valuing the company at around £43bn.

Takeda presented Shire with a new offer worth about £47 per share, after its third attempt – worth £46.50 per share – was rejected on 19 April, when Shire said the bid undervalued its growth prospects.

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