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Brooke Sutherland

It's Hard to Be a Saint in M&A, But Bayer-Monsanto Is Trying

The deal has logic, benefits and good intentions. But "saintly"?

Bayer notched the year's biggest takeover this week with a $66 billion agreement to acquire Monsanto. Any way you slice it, that's one big and expensive endeavor. To what end? 

A Monsanto spokesman offered one way of looking at it in August: