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Takeda shareholder group aims to block $62 billion Shire deal

Reuters  |  TOKYO 

By Sam Nussey

TOKYO (Reuters) - A group of Pharmaceutical Co Ltd shareholders is trying to build support to block the $62 billion acquisition of London-listed at an extraordinary general meeting, a leading of the group told on Monday.

will hold the shareholder meeting later this year or early next year to approve an issue of new stock to help fund the Shire deal, making it a de facto vote on the deal itself.

The 130 group formed by ex-employees holds one percent of the drugmaker's shares, and needs to secure a third of shareholder votes.

It is "working steadily to increase support" for blocking the deal among domestic and overseas institutional investors who own 25 percent and 35 percent of Takeda shares respectively, the person said on condition of anonymity.

The group includes members of the founding Takeda family, Nikkan Yakugyo reported last month. The family owns about 10 percent of Takeda shares, people familiar with the matter told

Last year, the same group attempted to prevent the appointment of outgoing to an advisory position at the company. Although the proposal was defeated at the company's annual general meeting, it gained 30.5 percent of votes.

The group has a proposal at this month's annual general meeting too, arguing that deals worth more than 1 trillion yen ($9.1 billion) should be put to a shareholder vote.

It does not expect that proposal to pass either, but hopes it will help draw attention to "what an irrational deal" the Shire transaction is, the group said.

The group argues Takeda is taking on too much financial risk with the acquisition and says Shire's haemophilia franchise is threatened by new haemophilia drug

Takeda has expressed confidence shareholders will vote in favour of the deal.

Shares at the drugmaker have fallen more than 20 percent since it first said it was considering bidding for Shire.

($1 = 109.9900 yen)

(Reporting by Sam Nussey; Additional reporting by Ritsuko Shimizu;Editing by Christopher Cushing and Mark Potter)

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 17:35 IST