PHILADELPHIA, Dec 23 (Reuters) - The following list ranks the largest mergers and acquisitions in 2008, according to Thomson Reuters.
TARGET COMPANY BUYER DEAL VALUE 1. Philip Morris Int'l Shareholders $113.0 billion 2. Anheuser-Busch Cos InBev NV $60.4 billion 3. Merrill Lynch & Co BofA $48.8 billion 4. Genentech Inc Roche Holdings $43.7 billion 5. Time Warner Cable shareholders $42.1 billion 6. Alltel Corp Verizon $28.1 billion 7. Alcon Inc Novartis AG $27.7 billion 8. RBS HM Treasury $26.1 billion 9. HBOS Plc Lloyds TSB $25.4 billion 10. Wm Wrigley Jr Co Mars Inc $23.2 billion SOURCE: Thomson Reuters (Compiling by Jessica Hall; Editing by Lincoln Feast) (For more M&A news and our DealZone blog, go to here)