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* U.S. authorities give green light to takeover
* Sanofi $69 tender offer expires on Dec 10
PARIS, Oct 20 France's Sanofi Aventis (SASY.PA)
said on Wednesday that it had received the green light from U.S.
antitrust regulators to take-over the U.S. biotech Genzyme
Sanofi said that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott
Rodino antitrust improvements act of 1976 had expired. The act
puts a waiting period on all mergers in the United States so
that federal authorities can inspect them for obvious antitrust
On Oct. 4 Sanofi-Aventis took a $69 per share offer for
Genzyme directly to shareholders, after management refused to
come to the table and discuss a friendly takeover.
The bid, widely seen as an opening offer to induce Genzyme
to open its books, expires just before midnight on Dec. 10.
Should Genzyme management continue to refuse to negotiate, the
battle to take over the company could be prolonged and result in
a proxy battle. [ID:nN19155378]
Sanofi aims to acquire Genzyme's lucrative portfolio of
drugs for rare diseases as it prepares for the loss of patent
protection on top-selling drugs, such as its biggest product,
the blood clot preventer Plavix.
(Reporting by Nina Sovich; Editing by Hans Peters)