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BP to snap up BHP Billiton’s US shale assets

In what the company describes as a “major step forward”, BP will acquire the US shale oil and gas assets of one of the world’s biggest miners, BHP Billiton, for $10.5bn

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Qualcomm’s NXP takeover fails as US-China trade tensions extend to M&A market

Chinese regulators have refused to approve Qualcomm’s proposed $44bn acquisition of rival firm NXP in a move some have attributed to the escalating trade war between the US and China

Google to make $550m investment in Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com

Google has reaffirmed its commitment to the explosive Asian retail market with the purchase of a $550m stake in JD.com, China’s largest e-retailer by revenue

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Sharp re-enters PC market with purchase of Toshiba subsidiary

Toshiba has offloaded a majority stake in its PC business, Toshiba Client Solutions, to Japanese rival Sharp. The move will see Sharp re-enter the PC market after an eight-year absence

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Sony buys controlling stake in music publisher EMI

Sony has reached an agreement to purchase the controlling stake in EMI for $2.3bn, giving the tech giant access to more than two million songs from hit artists such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Queen

PayPal agrees to buy payments start-up iZettle for $2.2bn

PayPal’s purchase of point-of-sale firm iZettle, the fintech start-up that helps small businesses avoid some of the prohibitive costs associated with taking card payments, will be the company’s biggest acquisition to date

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US tech fund Silver Lake to snap up Zoopla owner for £2.2bn

ZPG, the owner of popular property portals Zoopla and PrimeLocation, will be acquired by US private equity firm Silver Lake for 490p per share

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Walmart buys majority stake in Flipkart

Walmart has struck a deal to acquire 77 percent of Indian e-commerce leader Flipkart for $16bn, as Flipkart continues to battle Amazon for market dominance

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Takeda and Shire finally agree takeover terms after months of negotiations

Irish pharmaceutical company Shire has finally accepted a takeover offer from Japan’s Takeda, bringing an end to a saga that has seen four previous bids rejected by the Dublin-based drug maker

European Commission opens investigation into Apple’s purchase of Shazam

The European Commission has sought to determine whether Apple’s purchase of music recognition app Shazam will help the company steal customers from its competitors

Total buys controlling stake in natural gas and renewables company Direct Énergie

French oil and gas major Total has strengthened its position in its home market with the purchase of Direct Énergie, further expanding its business downstream

Shire sells cancer-treatment business to France’s Servier in $2.4bn deal

The sale of Shire’s oncology business to unlisted French pharmaceutical company Servier has complicated Takeda Pharmaceutical’s bid to take over Shire

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