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Bayer / Monsanto

More than a half-dozen large law firms are advising on Bayer AG’s $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co., maker of the herbicide Roundup. The proposed deal, announced Sept. 14, is the largest all-cash transaction to date.

Five big firms, led by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Sullivan & Cromwell and Allen & Overy, were initially tapped to handle the work related to Bayer’s initial $62 billion bid for Monsanto. The St. Louis-based target, which rejected that offer this summer, came after Bayer raised its purchase price by 5 percent. The current deal, which includes at least 
$57 billion in cash, is valued at $66 billion after including assumed Monsanto debt.

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