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Goldman and Nomura lead all-star team behind Takeda-Shire deal

US and Japanese M&A advisers poised for $180m payday

Goldman Sachs advised Shire as it negotiated a takeover bid from Takeda, while the Japanese drugmaker enlisted Nomura.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Six leading investment banks guided the $62 billion takeover agreement between Takeda Pharmaceutical and Irish drugmaker Shire, handing a coup to Japanese and U.S. financial advisers.

Advising Takeda during its month-long courtship of Shire was Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest brokerage group. Nomura, which developed a long-term relationship with Takeda as its lead underwriter, fashioned a cash-and-stock proposal that eventually won over Shire's board.

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