- Pharmaceutical group Shire said its shareholders had approved a £46bn takeover of the company by Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.

Takeda shareholders had also approved the deal.

Finalisation remained subject to court sanction and the companies confirmed their expectation that the deal would be completed on 8 January.

At 2:45pm: [LON:SHP] Shire PLC share price was +140.25p at 4690.25p

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