FierceMedicalDevices caught up with Covidien Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Tarnoff at the annual AdvaMed conference in Chicago at the beginning of October. Tarnoff also performs minimally invasive and bariatric surgery part-time at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Days after Medtronic revealed plans to refinance its $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien due to new tax rules cracking down on inversions, the company announced a corporate shakeup pending the deal's close.
A recent report by Evaluate MedTech released at the annual AdvaMed med tech conference in Chicago found that M&A deal value in the med tech sector grew by 363% year over year in the first half of 2014 to $30 billion.
Device advice was in abundance at today's Food and Drug Law Institute panel discussion on the industry's compliance with promotion and advertising regs, featuring prominent industry lawyers from Medtronic, Covidien, Abbott and law firms.
In light of new U.S. tax rules tightening the reins on corporate inversions, Medtronic could be poised to revise its $42.9 billion deal with Ireland-based Covidien.
The Treasury Department's issuance of a notice cracking down on inversions was designed to create uncertainty, says Terry Haines, head of political analysis at investment research firm ISI Group. By that count, the move has succeeded. Questions abound. Will one of the affected companies sue to challenge the legal validity of the agency's action? And what's next? The 42-page notice requests comment and says that the Treasury Department and the IRS expect to issue additional guidance.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew yesterday unveiled a plethora reforms to make tax inversion more difficult and less attractive, potentially killing a plethora of pending mergers with foreign companies, including Medtronic's $43 billion tie-up with Ireland's Covidien.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told the Urban Institute yesterday that "in the very near future" he will decide on steps President Obama can take to curb tax inversion deals without congressional action.
The Medtronic-Covidien integration team must be working overtime juggling not only existing products but also those in the deal pipeline. The pair hasn't slowed down at all--between them they have disclosed 5 acquisitions since their own merger announcement in mid-June, three of them this week alone.
Covidien today announced the acquisition of privately held Reverse Medical, a provider of vascular devices, for an undisclosed sum.