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SoftBank Buys into Drugmaker Roche for $5bn: FT

(AF) SoftBank has bought $5 billion of non-voting shares in Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, whose value has soared on the back of demand for Covid tests, the Financial Times reported.

The deal was executed by the Japanese investment giant’s SB Northstar unit, which came under pressure after making huge losses in a derivatives blow-up that included stock in scandal-hit German payments firm Wirecard, the report stated. Full story: Financial Times


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