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Roche Again Delays $4.3B Spark Buy Amid Regulatory Review

Law360 (May 14, 2019, 2:19 PM EDT) -- Roche and gene therapy company Spark Therapeutics said Tuesday that they are once again pushing back their $4.3 billion merger, electing to refile with U.S. antitrust regulators to allow more time for the government to complete its review.

Swiss pharmaceutical company F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG and Spark Therapeutics Inc. said the companies plan to withdraw and refile their premerger notification form with the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission in accordance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act on May 23.

The companies said the decision to refile will extend the waiting period to June 7, unless the government grants early termination of...

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