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  Mergers and Acquisitions: Definition
Unlike all mergers, all acquisitions involve one firm purchasing another - there is no exchange of stock or consolidation as a new company.
Another type of acquisition is a reverse merger, a deal that enables a private company to get publicly-listed in a relatively short time period.
Regardless of their category or structure, all mergers and acquisitions have one common goal: they are all meant to create synergy that makes the value of the combined companies greater than the sum of the two parts.
www.investopedia.com /university/mergers/mergers1.asp   (1562 words)

  Mergers and acquisitions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Corporate mergers may be aimed at reducing market competition, cutting costs (for example, laying off employees), reducing taxes, removing management, "empire building" by the acquiring managers, or other purposes which may not be consistent with public policy or public welfare.
Beyond the intermediaries' high fees, the current process for mergers and acquisitions has the effect of causing private companies to initially sell their shares at a significant discount relative to what the same company might sell for were it already publicly traded.
A merger can resemble a takeover but result in a new company name (often combining the names of the original companies) and in new branding; in some cases, terming the combination a "merger" rather than an acquisition is done purely for political or marketing reasons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mergers_and_acquisitions   (2346 words)

 Mergers and Acquisitions Business Integration
Mergers and acquisitions – a growing and integral component of business strategy across virtually all industry sectors for quite some time now – are increasingly being characterized as falling short of their promises.
Stated in its simplest terms, the problem is that mergers and acquisitions are failing to deliver the full value to which the combined stakeholders of the companies involved are entitled.
The forces of free enterprise which are driving record levels of mergers and acquisitions -- a strong stock market, a favorable regulatory environment, and dramatic economic and technological change – are not likely to abate in the foreseeable future.
www.tesauromc.com /whitepapers/mergers.htm   (1153 words)

 U.S. Small Business Administration - Office of Advocacy - Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States, 1990-1994
Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States, 1990-1994 was prepared in the Office of Economic Research in the SBA’s Office of Advocacy under the general supervision of Bruce D. Phillips, director of the Office of Economic Research.
Acquisitions over the 1990-1994 period meant a change of employers for 9.3 percent of employees in surviving establishments owned by large firms in 1990, more than double the 4.6 percent rate for employees in surviving establishments owned by small firms.
For this analysis of mergers and acquisitions between 1990 and 1994, the researchers constructed a simplified accounting of the changes in employment of acquired establishments, in conjunction with an accounting of how they have shifted their affiliation between firms classified as large or small.
www.sba.gov /ADVO/stats/m_a.html   (8478 words)

 Mergers and Acquisitions - Federal Reserve Bank of New York
We review mergers, acquisitions and expansionary proposals from state member banks, bank holding companies and international financial institutions.
All Bulletin information on mergers, acquisitions and expansionary applications and notifications pending and actions taken by the Second Federal Reserve District is available in the Board of Governor's H.2 report.
Guidance for filing applications to engage in mergers, acquisitions and expansionary activities in the United States and Overseas.
www.ny.frb.org /banking/ma.html   (267 words)

 Scoop: Rebstock: Mergers and Acquisitions Summit
Merger and acquisition activity is cyclical, and it is generally agreed that a slowdown in the economy results in businesses coming under pressure due to declining or stagnant market growth.
A new statutory threshold for the assessment of mergers and acquisitions was introduced in 2001, and a new era of mergers and acquisitions began.
For instance, it may be possible for a merger or acquisition to result in no obvious price effect on one side of a platform, but still cause a substantial lessening in competition on the other side of the platform.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/BU0603/S00100.htm   (4147 words)

 Mergers & Acquisitions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Balch and Bingham has an active mergers and acquisitions practice involving both public and private companies, the Firm's attorneys represent clients in friendly and unfriendly tender offers, leveraged buy-outs, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, mergers and other forms of business combinations.
Examples of such preliminary concerns include the advisability of using a Letter of Intent, the drafting of an appropriate Confidentiality Agreement, the conduct of due diligence, the consideration of basic federal income tax aspects, and the engagement of an investment banker/financial adviser, and our lawyers are experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of these areas.
The definitive acquisition agreement is designed to memorialize the terms of a deal and to operate as a risk shifting device through the representations, warranties, covenants and indemnification provisions contained therein.
www.balch.com /practiceareas/area.cfm?ID=35   (427 words)

 Differences Between Mergers and Acquisitions
A merger of a privately held company into a publicly held company allows the target company shareholders to receive a public company’s stock, despite the liquidity restrictions of SEC Rule 144a.
A merger allows the acquirer to avoid many of the costly and time-consuming aspects of asset purchases, such as the assignment of leases and bulk-sales notifications.
In a merger or acquisition negotiation, motivated sellers that feel they have few options might try to gain leverage or create interest in their business by sharing business projections and information such as the standalone value calculated by its valuator, with the other party.
www.aicpa.org /pubs/jofa/nov2002/mastra.htm   (2595 words)

 Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers and Acquisitions is a low budget feature film produced by Lopsided Pictures in association with Sid Flips Films.
"Mergers and Acquisitions" follows Del Richards, a 35 year-old idealistic, underachieving corporate worker, who has spent the last ten years of his life writing for American Homework, a trade magazine covering the home improvement field.
Even after Homework is the target of various mergers and acquisitions, resulting in Nathan relinquishing control of the magazine to his duplicitous, downsizing-happy son, Junior, Del still enjoyed his elder statesman status at the magazine, even through his constant battles with Junior.
www.weddingcentral.com /manda   (1718 words)

 Mergers and Acquisitions
With the globalisation of the world economy, companies continue to grow by merger and acquistion in a bid to expand operations and remain competitive.
Charting a course through mergers and acquisitions - sourcing the deal, conducting thorough due diligence, completing a successful acquisition, creating value and maximising return on investment, requires direct operational involvement and skill.
Aon's merger and acquisition experts provide a range of services and access to a global network of integrated resources to help you manoeuvre safely through your transaction.
www.aon.com /uk/en/risk_management/mergers_acquisitions/default.jsp   (237 words)

 Worldwide Mergers and Acquisitions - Transnational Corporations - Social and Economic Policy - Global Policy Forum
While Japanese brands took years to gain global recognition, China is taking a shortcut—through acquisitions and mergers, Chinese companies are obtaining foreign assets and “going global” with the country’s own “famous brands.” China has fixed its sights on a higher position in the global market.
In ever-larger mergers and acquisitions, CEOs and other executives are getting huge “retention bonuses” to push deals through regardless of the cost to shareholders.
With the merger of three advertising agencies, one super company is elbowing its way into the top tier, where three giant ad agencies already account for an estimated 40 percent of worldwide agency revenue.
www.globalpolicy.org /socecon/tncs/mergers   (2467 words)

 Mergers and Acquisitions - Wharton Executive Education
Mergers and acquisitions activity over the last 10 years has run at unprecedented levels.
Acquisitions are complex and difficult to execute and manage successfully.
What is particularly amazing is that in polling the boards of the companies involved in those same mergers, over 80 percent of the board members thought their acquisitions had created value.
executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu /course.cfm?Program=MA   (1566 words)

 Mergers and Acquisitions (MAQ) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Around the world, more companies are turning to mergers and acquisitions to enter new global markets, provide expanded services to customers, and improve operating efficiencies.
By providing research-based strategies for planning and executing mergers and acquisitions, this program enables you to successfully identify and claim the potential value offered by combining organizations.
Mergers and Acquisitions examines all of the major components of combining organizations: target selection, valuation, deal negotiation, and organizational integration.
www.gsb.stanford.edu /exed/maq   (1446 words)

 mergers and acquisitions, ohio law firms, florida law firms
Representatives from this practice group collaboratively teach a course on mergers and acquisitions in the MBA program at The University of Akron.
Negotiating and preparing a broad range of contracts including merger and acquisition agreements, financing documents, underwriting agreements and placement agreements, stock and asset purchase agreements, buy-sell agreements, partnership and limited liability company agreements and loan documents.
Attorneys at BDB have been involved in numerous significant merger and acquisition transactions between $5 and $1 billion.
www.bdblaw.com /PracticeDetail.asp?id=26   (523 words)

 Top Professional Mergers Acquisitions Experts and Legal Witnesses
Corporate mergers may be aimed at reducing market competition, cutting costs (for example, laying off employees), reducing taxes, removing management, empire building by the acquiring managers, or other purposes which may not be consistent with public policy or public welfare.
The phrase mergers and acquisitions or M&A refers to the aspect of corporate finance strategy and management dealing with the merging and acquiring of different companies as well as other assets.
Usually mergers occur in a friendly setting where executives from the respective companies participate in a due diligence process to ensure a successful combination of all parts.
mergers-acquisitions.expertwitness.com   (463 words)

 Mergers & Acquisitions Practice
From traditional asset and stock purchases and sales to leveraged buyouts, "going private" transactions, and ESOP acquisitions, we have the experience and skill necessary to guide clients through these complex and often time-sensitive matters.
Typically, our attorneys draft and negotiate acquisition or disposition documents, organize transaction structures, analyze tax implications, and conduct due diligence, our services extend to counseling on regulatory issues and innovative structuring of the deal.
For additional information regarding our Mergers and Acquisitions practice, please contact John Eisel at 312-201-2613 or e-mail eisel@wildmanharrold.com.
www.wildmanharrold.com /practice/C_mergers.htm   (140 words)

 TH&T | Investment Banker | Mergers and Acquisitions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault's mergers and acquisitions practice is varied and sophisticated, offering a unique familiarity with the issues important to fast-growing, technology-intensive companies.
Our practice includes mergers, stock and asset purchases, tender offers, spin-off transactions, joint ventures, and leveraged buy-outs.
Our Mergers and Acquisitions practice has significant expertise in stock-for-stock transactions accounted for as pooling-of-interests and in asset purchases with complex technology transfer and licensing aspects.
www.tht.com /invest/invest_mergers.htm   (124 words)

 Mergers, Acquisitions And Divestitures Lawyer, Lawyers, Attorney, Attorneys, Law Firms - Lawyers.com
Mergers and Acquisitions are strategic alliances that can vary in nature.
Acquisitions can be asset purchases, where the buyer purchases the seller's assets, free and clear of any liabilities, or stock purchases, where the buyer purchases the business's stock and actually takes over the business, instead of just buying the assets.
A business merger and acquisition, or the "marriage" of two business, shares many characteristics of an asset purchase and a stock purchase, but at the end of the transaction the two businesses are combined as one.
mergers-acquisitions.lawyers.com   (324 words)

 Choate, Hall & Stewart : Practices : Corporate : Mergers & Acquisitions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Our representation of clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions provides us with a wealth of experience and skills.
The most challenging mergers and acquisitions require a firm that can assemble an efficient team of specialists from a wide range of disciplines -- corporate, securities, finance, tax, labor and benefits, real estate and environmental, to name a few.
We provide expertise with respect to virtually all forms of acquisition transactions ranging from taxable and tax-free mergers to stock, cash and/or debt-for-stock or asset transactions to earnout or other contingent payment structures to sales under the bankruptcy code.
www.choate.com /practice/corporate/mergers_acquisitions/index.asp   (1150 words)

 Mergers and Acquisitions at Holland & Knight LLP
Mergers and Acquisitions at Holland and Knight LLP
In the United States, we have more than 120 attorneys on our mergers and acquisitions team and many more specialists who regularly are involved in M&A transactions.
Holland & Knight’s Mergers and Acquisitions Team, one of the largest in our firm, provides efficient, cost-effective, responsive and comprehensive legal services to clients and implements a pragmatic approach toward achieving a client’s merger and acquisition objectives.
www.hklaw.com /Practice/Practice.asp?PAID=73   (499 words)

 McGuireWoods LLP | Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
McGuireWoods has an international reputation for its mergers and acquisition work, representing both buyers and sellers in acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures throughout the Americas and in Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Assisted one of the nation's largest energy producers with a $2.3 billion acquisition of one of the nation’s largest independent natural gas companies engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration, production and marketing of natural gas and crude oil in the United States.
Assisted the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer with a $250 million acquisition of the fifth largest beef processor in the United States.
www.mcguirewoods.com /departments/corporate_services/mergers.asp   (233 words)

 Haynes Boone | Client Services | Mergers and Acquisitions
Our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group assists clients in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, stock sales, asset dispositions, recapitalizations and reorganizations of public and private companies.
Our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience that are key to any successful merger and acquisition representation.
Our firm’s span of industry experience in mergers and acquisitions is broad, including the energy, transportation, distribution, equipment leasing, financial services, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing and distribution, real estate, restaurant, retail, sports entertainment, technology and telecommunications industries.
www.haynesboone.com /services/group.asp?id=48   (203 words)

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