Sanofi-aventisSanofi-aventis (EURONEST: SAN and NYSE:SNY) has commenced a tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Genzyme Corporation (NASDAQ: GENZ) for $69 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. The transaction is valued at approximately $18.5 billion. The offer, which was unanimously approved by sanofi-aventis' Board of Directors, is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., News York City time on December 10, 2010.

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