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Will Pfizer India make an open offer to Wyeth’s shareholders or will the two merge?

Pfizer is acquiring Wyeth for $68bn in a cash and stock transaction. Both companies have listed subsidiaries in India, Pfizer Limited and Wyeth Limited. The first point of interest for Indian shareholders will be whether this will result in an open offer for Wyeth. It will not, because the transaction has been styled as a merger agreement, in which Pfizer will pay the consideration in cash and stock. Under the Sebi Takeover regulations, an acquisition by way of merger will be exempt from the compulsory open offer clause.

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Satyam’s board dismissed, government nominated board to step in after a week

The government acted in time to stop tomorrow’s board meeting of Satyam Computer Services. Otherwise, a 3-member board would have met tomorrow, to consider the resignations of its chairman and managing director and discuss options before the company. This is the same board, down from its original strength of nine, which has presided over the worst corporate scam in the new millennium in India. Any decision of this board would have been viewed with suspicion.

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