His voicemail is full I was informed, so I sent an email instead. Text follows: "During this quiet period, with the Vidara deal being classified as a taxable event to holders, the stock is getting crushed and those long holders who the Company would like to see rewarded are very upset. I had intended to hold my shares for long term capital gains, now that has been stripped away. Is there any way to re-engineer the tax consequences so everyone who holds doesn't have to view each day's trading as an isolated event? Shorts are having a hey day with HZNP stock, the closing is months away, and even Q1 is distant. HELP!"
There's really not much they can do, jr. The Tax Code is very clear on this, and the only thing that they COULD do is to accelerate the closing date of the Merger as much as they can. There are both Irish and US Regulators in the mix, and all parties have to be given ample time to complete their Due Diligence. It's a "short-term pain for long-term gain" thing, and it WILL pay off.