To woo Shire, the US biopharmaceutical  company AbbVie trod cautiously in takeover bid. Photo: Bloomberg

Susan Kilsby had not been chairwoman of the drugmaker Shire for even a week when she received an office call that would set off a frenzied trans-Atlan(...)

Credit Suisse Group chief executive Brady Dougan at a press conference in Zurich yesterday. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Credit Suisse said it would exit its subscale commodities trading business and further trim other parts of its investment bank, after posting a CHF700(...)

Vitamins made by Shire are displayed at a chemist’s in northwest London. European shares rose on Monday, boosted by M&A activity in the pharmaceutical sector. Photo: Reuters

European shares rose on Monday, boosted by M&A activity in the pharmaceutical sector and rallying from near two-month lows after their biggest wee(...)

MSC and AP Moller-Maersk, the parent company of Maersk Line, said 185 vessels would be shared, including 20 of Maersk’s giant Triple-E ships. Photograph: Reuters

The world’s top two container shippers, Maersk Line and MSC Mediterranean Shipping, have struck a fresh vessel-sharing agreement after a previous thre(...)

There is a cloud of uncertainty over whether international companies in Switzerland will have access to EU markets. EPA/GIAN EHRENZELLER

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny vowed to make Ireland the best small country in the world to do business, we don’t know if he had Switzerland on his radar.T(...)

It has been alleged Credit Suisse will face legal action from some of the people who were approached to fund the development of the Hertsmere building in Canary Wharf, London. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Bloomberg

An Irish investor who claimed last year to have bought a major building in London for £1 billion (€1.24 billion) residential development in Canary (...)

Glass ceiling: companies with one or more women on the board have delivered higher average returns on equity and better average growth

The US Federal Glass Ceiling Commission defined a “glass ceiling” as a political term to describe the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier, that keeps min(...)

British discount retailer B&M is to be valued at up to £2.9 billion in its London share flotation. Photograph: Thinkstock

British discount retailer B&M is to be valued at up to £2.9 billion in its London share flotation, making it one of the biggest UK retail listings(...)

Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, helped some 22,000 US account holders break the law by evading taxes on their secretly held Swiss de(...)

US Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, DC after Swiss bank Credit Suisse AG  pleaded guilty to conspiracy to aid and assist US taxpayers in filing false income tax returns and other documents with the IRS. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Credit Suisse became the largest bank in 20 years to plead guilty to a US criminal charge, and will pay a $2.5 billion fine to authorities for helping(...)