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A group of Takeda Pharmaceutical (TKPYY) shareholders who are trying to block the $62 billion acquisition of Shire (SHPG) failed to get a proposal passed at the drug maker’s annual general meeting, Reuters reports. The proposal — to require advance shareholder approval for large acquisitions — received 10 percent of votes. But the 130-member group formed by ex-Takeda employees is also working to persuade one-third of shareholders to vote against a company proposal at an upcoming Takeda shareholder meeting to approve an issue of new stock to help fund the Shire deal.

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