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Unilever's Big Move Looks A Lot Like Prep For Prime M&A: Gadfly

Published on Mar 15 2018 2:20 PM in A-Brands tagged: Unilever / M&A / Rotterdam / Paywall

Unilever's Big Move Looks A Lot Like Prep For Prime M&A: Gadfly

Forget Brexit. Unilever's decision to go Dutch is about giving itself advantages in M&A, whether bidder or target.

The global consumer goods company's decision to scrap its Anglo-Dutch structure and domicile in the Netherlands definitely strengthens its takeover defences after the $143 billion hostile bid from Kraft Heinz last year.

Any future approach for Unilever would come under the jurisdiction of Dutch takeover rules rather than the UK Takeover Panel.

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