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Irish Eyes May Smile On Taxes, But Medtronic Says There’s More To Covidien Deal

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

The $42.9 billion Medtronic-Covidien deal is the largest pure medical device deal ever. It would move Medtronic’s corporate address to Ireland, with a lower tax rate, but executives emphasize negotiating power with hospitals, product synergies and emerging-market footprint, as well as new flexibility to use overseas cash, as core rationales for the deal.

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