Shire pharmaceutical valued at £30bn in new AbbVie bid

US pharma giant seeks to buy Dublin-based Shire to optimise tax in move reminiscent of Pfizer’s failed pursuit of AstraZeneca

Pharmaceutical company Shire has been valued at £30bn in a raised bid from the US rival which has been trying to take control of the business for weeks.

The chairman of Chicago-based AbbVie urged Shire shareholders to back its fourth offer for the FTSE 100 company, which is best known for its controversial treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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