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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jan 11 2018

Bayer raises higher than expected 1.8 billion euros from Covestro placement

FRANKFURT Bayer , the drug company that is buying seed maker Monsanto , has raised 1.8 billion euros ($2.15 billion) from selling a 10.4 percent stake in Covestro , nearing a complete divestment from the plastics company.

Dec 21 2017

BASF CEO Bock to be replaced by his deputy Brudermueller

FRANKFURT BASF , one of the world's largest chemical groups, will replace Chief Executive Kurt Bock with his deputy Martin Brudermueller in May as it prepares to carve out its oil and gas division and spends billions of euros on farm seed assets.

Dec 15 2017

Germany's Merck in fresh bid to enter U.S. MS pill market

FRANKFURT Germany's Merck KGaA is reviving plans to bring an oral multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment to the U.S. market, hoping for blockbuster sales despite regulatory concerns about side effects having frustrated its ambitions almost seven years ago.

Dec 14 2017

Perrigo lines up bid for Merck's consumer health unit: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT Generic drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KGaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of a deadline on Friday.

Dec 14 2017

Perrigo preparing non-binding bid for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 14 U.S. drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters on Thursday, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

Dec 07 2017

BASF agrees oil unit merger with Fridman's DEA to spur expansion

FRANKFURT/LONDON Chemical giant BASF agreed to merge its oil and gas unit Wintershall with DEA, a vehicle of Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, to create one of the largest independent oil and gas firms in Europe, the companies said.

Dec 05 2017

Paul Singer's Elliott takes stake in takeover target Uniper

FRANKFURT Activist investor Elliott Management has taken a 5.32 percent stake in Uniper, putting pressure on Finland's Fortum to sweeten its 8.05 billion euro ($9.51 billion) takeover offer for the German energy company.

Dec 01 2017

Nestle, Stada prepare rival bids for Germany's Merck consumer health: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT Swiss food giant Nestle and the private equity owners of German drug firm Stada are both preparing tentative bids for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, several sources told Reuters.

Nov 28 2017

Merck KGaA, Pfizer's immunotherapy fails in gastric cancer trial

FRANKFURT Germany's Merck KGaA has suffered a setback in the development of key cancer immunotherapy Bavencio, it having failed in a trial to prolong lives in gastric cancer patients when compared with standard chemotherapy.

Nov 27 2017

Minerals miner K+S settles with conservationist group

FRANKFURT German potash miner K+S has agreed to cut waste water discharge volumes by a million cubic metres over the next four years in a settlement deal with German conservationist group BUND, which dropped a lawsuit in return.

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