The Mercks of Darmstadt: What Family Can Do (A)

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Benoit Leleux, Anne Catrin Glemser
IMD ()

DARMSTADT, SEPTEMBER 2006. The deal with Serono dragged on for a long time; he had been on the run from the Merck Group, a 338-year-old German chemical and pharmaceutical company, for months. So much so that Merck Group and its family owners jumped on the Schering AG acquisition train last March to secure the growth they needed to remain competitive in the displacement pharmaceuticals business. When the hostile offer of 14.6 billion euros they made to Schering was rejected in favor of a friendly offer from Bayer, it was hard not to be discouraged.

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