M&A activity in Ireland is at its strongest since 2008 with 42 deals announced during the first half of the year, according to new figures compile(...)

More than 70 US companies have shifted their tax domiciles to foreign addresses since 1983, mostly relocated their headquarters to Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Photograph: Reuters

The attraction of Ireland’s low-cost tax regime to American multinationals has again come under the spotlight in the US Congress after a new report fo(...)

PayPal launch: Louise Phelan, PayPal’s vice president of global operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, shakes hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the recent official opening of the International Operations centre of eBay in Dundalk which includes PayPal and eBay. Photograph: Alan Betson

This month’s announcement that PayPal will be creating 400 additional jobs in its Dundalk base illustrates the strides that have been made in a region(...)

Pfizer’s plan to move its domicile to Britain by acquiring AstraZeneca would lower its taxes. Photograph: getty images

Rumours about a massive healthcare deal were circulating in industry circles, months before Pfizer disclosed its $100 billion pursuit of Britain’s Ast(...)

The pace of acquisition at the formerly stolid generics player has been bewildering in the 22 months since Watson acquired Actavis.

As the dust settles on Actavis’s latest megamerger, the Dublin-headquartered but US-based group managed to win its first post-M&A battle – (...)

Forest Laboratories employs 320 people in Ireland. Dublin-headquartered Actavis, the world’s second-largest generic-drug maker by market value, is to buy Forest Labs for $25 billion. Photo: Jim Peppler

Actavis, the world’s second-largest generic-drug maker by market value, is to buy Forest Laboratories in a cash and stock deal valued at about(...)

Bottles of pharmaceuticals made by Actavis, the largest generic drug manufacturer in the United States. (Photograph  by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Actavis, the US-listed drugmaker headquartered in Dublin, has agreed to sell its generic drug operations in seven western European countries to India’(...)

Michigan-based pharmaceuticals group Perrigo has said its acquisition of Irish biotech company Elan will lead to redomiciling in Ireland. Photograph: Adam Bird/Bloomberg

A growing number of US companies are set to save hundreds of millions of dollars in tax by relocating to Europe after completing takeovers on the c(...)

There are few synergies in some of the latest transactions in the pharma sector.

The age of the blockbuster deal may have passed but recent mergers and acquisitions activity in the pharma sector could still have a noticeable impact(...)

Generic drugmaker Actavis, which has been the subject of takeover speculation, plans to buy specialty pharmaceutical company Warner Chil- cott (...)