Neil Unmack is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist based in London. He covers credit markets, hedge funds, and Italy. Previously he was a corporate finance reporter at Bloomberg News in London. He started his career as a financial journalist in 2001 at Euromoney Institutional Investor, where he covered structured finance for EuroWeek magazine. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, graduating with a first class degree in modern languages. Follow Neil on Twitter @unmack1
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War-torn Ukraine has agreed a 20 percent haircut with a group of rebellious creditors. That’s half the loss Kiev originally wanted. Yet it’s not much of a victory for lenders either: with the economy in tatters and doubts continuing, creditors will be lucky to escape another hit.
The world’s largest seed maker has given up pursuit of its Swiss rival. The $46 bln deal required aggressive assumptions and carried risks. Syngenta’s management now needs to prove its reluctance to talk was worth it.
The U.S. seed giant’s last cash and shares approach to its Swiss rival was rebuffed. Monsanto has offered a little more, but can’t go much higher without destroying value or relying on rosy assumptions. The pressure is on Syngenta to talk, or show investors it has a better plan.
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