As part of the transaction, Actelion has spun off its drug discovery and early-stage clinical development units into a new company, named Idorsia, which has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The American business will hold a 9.9% stake in the new company, as well as an option on one of its resistant hypertension drugs in development. Idorsia will be headed up by Jean-Paul Clozel, the former CEO and co-founder of Actelion.
The top 5 completed European M&A deals by value (€) in 2017
The megadeal rockets to the top of Europe’s M&A charts so far this year in terms of value, per the PitchBook Platform, its closest contender being the merger exchange of Sanofi’s animal health unit, Merial, to German pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim. The other half of that deal, the swap of Boehringer’s consumer healthcare business, is joint-third on that list valued at €7.5 billion.
Globally, the Actelion deal would be the first European transaction to crack the top 10 this year, netting fourth spot. Only Enbridge’s $28 billion acquisition of Spectra, BAT’s $49.4 billion takeover of Reynolds American, and the huge $186 billion mega-merger between First Gulf Bank and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi sit above it. US dominance on the list could soon come to an end though, with four announced deals in Europe with values above €40 billion waiting to be completed.