What’s going on with the CSL share price on Tuesday?

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The CSL Ltd (ASX: CSL) share price is edging lower in early trading amid the company’s latest update on its Vifor acquisition.

At the time of writing, shares in the global biotech are down slightly by 0.27% to $294.10.

Meantime, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is also hovering 0.36% lower to 6,967.6 points.

What did CSL announce to the ASX?

In its announcement, CSL advised it has received all regulatory clearances to finalise the acquisition of Vifor Pharma, effective today.

This comes after the lengthy delay earlier this year regarding the foreign direct investment and regulatory filings.

Nonetheless, with all conditions now met, the takeover of the global specialty pharmaceuticals company will take place by 9 August.

CSL expects to hold more than 97% of Vifor shares upon completion and will seek to cancel the remaining 3%. This will be in accordance with Swiss takeover rules, with CSL also applying for the delisting of these shares on the Swiss Exchange (SIX).

CSL CEO and managing director Paul Perreault commented:

We are excited to complete the acquisition of Vifor Pharma — enhancing CSL’s well-established patient focus and ability to protect the health of those facing a range of rare and serious medical conditions.

Perreault went on to add:

Joining CSL, the Vifor business adds near-term value along with a clear path to long-term sustainable growth. It also adds an outstanding management team, along with a high-value and complementary portfolio of products and market leading position in the nephrology and iron deficiency spaces.

Investors may want to keep an eye out on 17 October as CSL will hold a dedicated Vifor market briefing. Management will discuss Vifor’s growth strategy and insights into its product portfolio and financials.

CSL appoints general manager for Vifor

In other news, CSL has appointed Hervé Gisserot as general manager for the Vifor business once the acquisition is finalised.

Reporting directly to Perreault, the appointment of Gisserot should be a smooth transition given his credentials and current position.

Since January 2022, Gisserot has been the chief commercial officer for Vifor Pharma.

Previously, he spent 13 years at GlaxoSmithKline fulfilling multiple senior vice president (SVP) titles. This includes the most recent, SVP & Head of Pharmaceuticals & Vaccines for Greater China & Intercontinental.

CSL share price snapshot

Despite the recent market volatility, the CSL share price has outperformed the market to surge almost 10% in a month.

For context, the benchmark ASX 200 index has lifted around 7% over the same time frame.

CSL is the third largest company on the ASX with a market capitalisation of roughly $142 billion.

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