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Matchmaking for Shire and AbbVie already? Try Allergan (of course) and Pfizer

Now that AbbVie has said it wants to dump Shire, we could soon have two companies back on the market--and both could prove popular as the dust settles. In fact, as Bloomberg reports, AbbVie could make a decent second choice to AstraZeneca if Pfizer so chooses.

AbbVie calls it quits on $55B Shire takeover

Another one bites the dust in the Big Pharma megamerger craze. Weeks after the U.S. Treasury Department laid out new tax rules to limit the stream of corporate inversions, AbbVie called it quits on its proposed $55 billion takeover of Dublin-based Shire.

AbbVie cuts and runs from $55B Shire deal, signaling retreat from tax inversions

After first vowing to see the merger through despite new tax rules designed to make a merger much more difficult, AbbVie's board publicly hesitated yesterday and then early this morning recommended against going through with the tie-up, essentially killing the deal.

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.