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Bayer warns of Monsanto/Syngenta deal consequences

Bayer CropScience has reportedly warned that a takeover of Syngenta by Monsanto would require a strategic review including of cross-licensing deals from it and other major R&D-based companies in the sector. Bloomberg has reported comments from Bayer CropScience chief executive office Lian Condon: “There’s only six research and development-based players in this industry so if the two biggest were to go together, inevitably it would force others to review their strategies.” Monsanto has seen its second bid for the company rejected on price grounds and regulatory concerns over competition issues. Any potential acquisition may interfere with deals among companies on product research and marketing, the Bayer CEO cautions. “There’s an awful lot of cross-licensing,” he told the newswire. “So companies would need to review what that means for the interdependencies as well.”

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