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Fear of Losing Out Drives Deal Boom

wsj.com — For years after the financial crisis, fear kept corporate chiefs from striking merger-and-acquisition deals. Now it is prompting them to act. Companies are merging at a pace unseen in nearly a decade. Halfway through the year, about $2.15 trillion in M&A deals or offers have been announced globally, according to Dealogic.

Valeant makes takeover approach to Zoetis

marketwatch.com — Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has made a preliminary approach to buy animal-health giant Zoetis Inc., people familiar with the matter said, in a move that could presage a big deal in yet another corner of the health-care industry. Zoetis which was spun off from Pfizer Inc.

Valeant Makes Takeover Approach to Zoetis

wsj.com — Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has made a preliminary approach to buy animal-health giant Zoetis Inc., people familiar with the matter said, in a move that could presage a big deal in yet another corner of the health-care industry. Zoetis, which was spun off from Pfizer Inc.

Pipeline Firm Puts Itself in Play

wsj.com — Shares of Williams Cos., a large natural-gas pipeline operator in the U.S., surged on Monday after it rejected a nearly $50 billion buyout offer. The gain puts pressure on Williams to find a richer deal or prove it can deliver better results as a stand-alone company, Wall Street analysts said.

Williams Cos. Rejects $48 Billion Buyout Offer

wsj.com — Pipeline company retains Barclays and Lazard to pursue alternatives Natural-gas pipeline giant Williams Cos. has rejected an unsolicited buyout offer worth $48 billion but is open to other offers, the company said Sunday. Williams announced Sunday evening that it was approached about an all-stock deal valued at $64 a share.

Anthem raises offer for Cigna to $47.5 billion

marketwatch.com — Intensifying a five-way merger frenzy, Anthem Inc. went public Saturday with a sweetened $47.5 billion takeover offer for Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc. in recent days made a takeover proposal for Humana Inc. Anthem in a statement said it has offered $184 a share for Cigna That equates to about $47.5 billion for all the company's stock that was recently outstanding.

Anthem raises offer for Cigna to $54 billion

marketwatch.com — Anthem Inc. boosted its takeover offer for Cigna Corp. and is going public with the bid after the two sides failed to reach agreement, the latest move in a frenzy of attempted mergers among health insurers. Anthem has offered $184 a share for Cigna in cash and stock, or $54 billion including debt, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Anthem Bids $184 a Share in Cash and Stock for Cigna

wsj.com — Anthem going public with Cigna bid after the two sides failed to reach agreement Anthem Inc. boosted its takeover offer for Cigna Corp. and is going public with the bid after the two sides failed to reach agreement, the latest move in a frenzy of attempted mergers among health insurers.

Famed J.P. Morgan Deal Maker Jimmy Lee Dies

wsj.com — As former head of investment bank, Lee was one of most prominent bankers in M&A J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said Vice Chairman Jimmy Lee died unexpectedly Wednesday morning at age 62. As the former head of J.P. Morgan's investment bank division, Mr. Lee has long been considered one of the most prominent bankers in the mergers-and-acquisitions world.

Anthem Makes Takeover Approach to Cigna

wsj.com — Anthem Inc. has made a takeover approach to Cigna Corp., according to people familiar with the matter, as a consolidation wave in the health-insurance industry intensifies. The companies have been in discussions for months and within the last 10 days Anthem has made two takeover bids for Cigna, the last at about $175 a share, according to one of the people.
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Jun 30, 2015

RT @DanaMattioli: Centerbridge is buying private label bleach/sunscreen/sanitizer co. Kik for $1.6 billion. Scooplet w/ @GillianTan on.wsj.com/1RQD52m

Jun 30, 2015

Europe as reluctant M&A partier. @shayndi on the one piece that isn't in place in an otherwise near-perfect picture. goo.gl/6IhoHI

Jun 29, 2015

RT @GillianTan: China’s Aviation Industry Corp agrees to buy auto-parts maker Henniges from Littlejohn for ~$800m on.wsj.com/1C1YEeC with @RickCarew

Jun 26, 2015

RT @DanaMattioli: Companies are pushing M&A to levels that can match 2007's all-time high. YTD M&A: $2.15 trillion, w/ @danacimilluca http:…

Jun 25, 2015

Valeant makes preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, which had $25B mkt cap. Scoop crossing wire with @DaveCBenoit @jonathanrockoff

Jun 24, 2015

RT @E_Dickinson: "The first section of Darkness is the densest, Dear — After that, Light trembles in —”

Jun 20, 2015

Aetna makes proposal for Humana, per heds crossing wire, adding to managed-care merger madness. @jonathanrockoff @DanaMattioli @lizrhoffman

Jun 20, 2015

Outstanding work on a big and growing problem, from @JeanneWhalen: Rural U.S. Struggles to Combat IV Drug Abuse #beej wsj.com/articles/heart…

Jun 20, 2015

Anthem amps up pursuit of Cigna, bear hugs at $184 a share, as managed-care merger mania motors on.

Jun 18, 2015

It's a good thing ... if you're a Martha Stewart shareholder (stock up 26%). Our full take on impending company sale: on.wsj.com/1HYsp0B

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