The Swiss Are Coming! The Swiss Are Coming!

They're Swiss. They're rich. And they're snapping up American companies.

First came Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche Holding Ltd.'s stunning $5.3 billion all-cash bid for Syntex Corp. on May 2. Then, almost three weeks later, Sandoz Ltd., another Swiss pharmaceutical giant, offered $3.7 billion for Gerber Products Co. And there's likely to be plenty more to come.

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