The Glencore Xstrata merger marked one of the world's largest tie-ups in recent history.
While the newly combined group's shares started trading on the London Stock Exchange on Friday, it took a long time to get there.
IBTimes UK decided to take a closer look at the massive merger and provide a guide to one of the most complex M&A deals in the financial markets.
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