This year’s explosion of pharma deals, both real and rumored, has put a spotlight on the U.K.’s complicated, far-reaching rules on corporate takeovers, and AbbVie’s $46 billion pursuit of Shire has teased out a new wrinkle. Under local law, the Irish-headquartered Shire is unable to make any big buyouts of its own until AbbVie’s pitching period expires, a provision that has hamstrung the company’s deal-friendly ethos, CEO Flemming Ornskov said.

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Source: AbbVie’s gaze puts the brakes on Shire’s plans for major M&A


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