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mergers and acquisitions (M&A)

Conflicting motives, strategies and outcomes in merger and acquisition activity

By Peter Williamson, Honorary Professor of International Management at Cambridge Judge Business School Creating oligopolies? Reducing in healthy competition? Up go the prices and fees; down goes the service and/or product quality. Customers are put in a stranglehold. There is…

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Article on M&A deals co-authored by David De Cremer asks five key questions

Having the right people engaged in the right way at the right time is essential to the success of merger and acquisition projects, according to a new article co-authored by David De Cremer, KPMG Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge…

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How China’s mergers and acquisitions market will grow and change

Cambridge MBA student Ran Wan discusses the prospects for the Chinese M&A market, particularly the move towards more private sector transactions and debt financing. An interview with Conrad Chua, Head of Marketing and Admissions for the Cambridge MBA.…

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Dell vs Icahn. Which side are you on?

Michael Dell and Carl Icahn are locked in what could prove to be the shareholder battle of 2013. Who is right? Teruyuki Asaoka, a Cambridge MBA student fresh from completing his last assignment for the Cases in Corporate Finance elective,…

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The rise of Chinese offshore M&A

Professor Peter Williamson talks about the new approach Chinese companies are taking in their acquisitions of foreign companies. Instead of buying larger companies, often those in poor health, they are now acquiring smaller firms with innovative strategies, promising technology and…

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Don’t fight a giant

Large corporates often devour smaller firms to enter new markets. However, the temptation for incumbents to mimic these giant should be resisted, warns Professor Jaideep Prabhu A study into the now familiar business landscape of corporate acquisitions, the route through…

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Global business, global values

Companies coming out of the recession are increasingly looking to India and China for new markets to penetrate and develop but, when they do, what lessons can they learn from other big players in the takeover business in countries like…

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Crafty hostile takeovers

While the UK is unlikely to introduce American or Japanese "poison pill" remedies in hostile takeovers, boards of UK companies could be given more autonomy to balance worker and shareholder interests, says Simon Deakin, Professor of Law at Cambridge University…

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Doing business in Japan

Historically, Japanese firms have not been prominent players in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. In industries where this is the normal route for expansion, this reticence has been holding its firms back. Determined not to be upstaged by countries like India,…

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