Sanofi is returning to the takeover trail. Photograph: AFP

French drugmaker Sanofi went public with a $9.3 billion (€8.2bn) offer to buy Medivation on Thursday, setting up what could be a lengthy takeover figh(...)

British drugmaker AstraZeneca said it would buy the US marketing rights for Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc’s newly-approved gout drug for up to $265 mil(...)

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley:  BP shareholders voted on April 14 to oppose his  $20 million pay package for 2015, the rare revolt reflecting outrage after the British oil and gas company recorded its biggest annual loss. Photograph: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files

Chief executives’ outsized pay packages are again coming under scrutiny, following a host of controversial pay awards in recent weeks. A fortnight ago(...)

 Porsche: Car firm’s results due on Friday. Photograph:  Nicolas Mollo/AFP/Getty Images
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TODAY Results: Apple; First Bancorp; First Data; Halliburton; Xerox. Meetings: Preparing for Industry 4.0 (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown). (...)

Martin Sorrell: said he had spent more than three decades building WPP from a £1m company into one capitalised at £21bn

Martin Sorrell, the septuagenarian boss of advertising giant WPP, doesn’t like the word “pay”. Instead, it seems, he prefers the term “reward” to desc(...)

Ryanair: airline closed down nearly 1 per cent to €13.30 as the stock continued to be affected by lower oil prices. Photograph:  Alan Betson

European stocks fell for the fourth time in six days on Thursday led by declines in banks and carmakers. Already the worst performers among industry (...)

Healthcare stocks were the top sectoral gainers for a second session with a rise of 1.2 per cent after the termination of the mega Pfizer/Allergan merger.

European shares were slightly higher on Thursday with gains in healthcare and oil stocks only in part offset by some stocks such as Daimler going ex-d(...)

Bank of Ireland tumbled 3.14 per cent to 24.7 cent after more than 118 million of its shares were traded

Drug companies led a rebound in European stocks yesterday after they reached their lowest levels in almost six weeks. AstraZeneca, Shire and GlaxoSm(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come out strongly against inversions by US companies describing the Pfizer-Allergan deal as “disgusting”. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
What are tax inversions?

Inversions are in essence, a financial exercise which allow companies to lower their tax bills by acquiring a legal address abroad. This is typically(...)

PayPal vice-president Louise Phelan is among the speakers at the “Leadership for a Sustainable World” conference taking place in Kildare this week.

Waterford Institute of Technology’s €2.8 million eDigiregion project has opened a call for innovative ideas related to information and communications (...)