Mergers & Acquisitions

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No matter which end of them you are on, mergers and acquisitions can cause a fair amount of upheaval. Our guide takes an objective look at both sides of mergers and acquisitions, and provides you with resources, literature, and case studies to help you weigh your options.

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European Mergers and Acquisitions at Risk?

BusinessWeekA backlog of M&A deals must be cleared before any new ones can be made, and that means raising more than $150 billion in leveraged debt.

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Acquisitions — finally something to cheer about…?

ForbesDecades of research scarily consistently shows that most acquisitions destroy value, and only cost the acquirer money...

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China Buys up the World

The EconomistAnd the world should stay open for business

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How To Profit From Mergers And Acquisitions

ForbesThe big question for individual investors is not how many mergers are being proposed, but whether it is possible to make money from them.

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Are Companies Getting Better at M&A?

McKinsey QuarterlyThe latest boom in merger activity appears to be creating more value for the shareholders of the acquiring companies.

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Creating Value From Mergers

McKinsey QuarterlyFew things are more important in M&A than an experienced executive team.

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Merger effects on product variety

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How Acquisitions Can Revitalize Companies

Although most companies undertake acquisitions with an eye toward fueling growth, the resulting infusion of new ideas, perspectives and processes can produce lasting benefits that are broader and...

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Popular Stories

5 Ways Women Entrepreneurs Can Wow Potential Investors

Fast CompanyWomen are making progress in the small-business world, but it could be better-and honing financing skills helps. Here are five tips on how they can increase their odds of getting funding:

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Neil Young’s Viral Kickstarter Campaign Has Generated $6.2M

IncNeil Young is on a mission to rescue the art of recorded sound, and thanks to his recent Kickstarter effort, he might pull it off. His widely publicized campaign for the Pono music player, a portable device that aims to deliver sound as rich as your grandfather's vinyl, generated $6.2 million in...

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What Corporate Boards Can Learn From Delaware

FortuneThe role of the board is to manage and supervise the activities of the corporation for the benefit of the common stockholders. That is, the board is a "steward" of the common stockholder, which means (according to Delaware law) that they are responsible for helping guide and advise the CEO on how...

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The World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies In Finance

Fast CompanyYou'd think something as universal as money would be hassle-free to use. But with banks and card networks acting as invisible middlemen and imposing sizable exchange fees, some companies are creating radical new approaches to move cash from one place to another.

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Twitter Co-Founders, CEO Have No Plans To Sell Shares

ForbesTwitter’s IPO cemented co-founders Ev Williams and Jack Dorsey among the billionaire ranks, and boosted CEO Dick Costolo’s personal wealth — but none of them will be cashing out any time soon. In a new SEC filing on Monday morning, Twitter announced that those three key insiders “have no...

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How To Pitch Warren Buffett In 60 Seconds

FortuneIn front of a standing-room-only crowd at a Rice University auditorium Thursday night, business plan contestants set the scene: A would-be student entrepreneur walks into an elevator with Warren Buffett. They have 30 floors -- or 60 seconds -- to get him to invest in their company.

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Why Golden Parachutes Are Bad For Business

FortuneNow that David Letterman is leaving his Late Show on CBS, his former protégé Craig Ferguson reportedly stands to make at least $8 million -- but not for replacing him, since Stephen Colbert has actually landed that gig. Ferguson gets compensated simply for not landing Letterman's spot, which...

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5 Ways To Fumble The 5 Minute Investor Pitch

IncPersuading someone to part with his or her money in exchange for a stake in your startup is one of the most important things you can do to protect its future. Yet countless entrepreneurs sabotage themselves in the first five minutes of meeting a venture capitalist. Here's what not to do.

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Why Women Should Negotiate For Higher Salaries

BusinessweekWomen, who make an average of 77¢ for every dollar men do, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, have it especially hard when it comes to getting paid. For women, learning to aptly negotiate—a crucial aspect of long-term professional success—is replete with obstacles. They’re often cited for...

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Citigroup CEO Faces Biggest Failure

ReutersCitigroup Inc Chief Executive Mike Corbat prepares to talk to investors on Monday about the bank's biggest failure during his 18-month tenure, his biggest struggle may be with how little he knows about the reason he failed.

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BlackBerry CEO Sets 2-Year Goal To Cut Device Reliance

BloombergBlackBerry Ltd. John Chen is giving himself two years to overhaul the smartphone maker and offset declining handset demand with sales of software that connects computers with all manner of machines, from cars to heart monitors.

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BlackBerry CEO: We Won’t Make Phones If We Can’t Make Money

NBC At long last, BlackBerry is willing to stop making phones if it continues to lose money. "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," BlackBerry CEO John Chen told Reuters in an article posted Thursday. Chen will make his decision in an unspecified but "short" time...

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EU Takes Aim At CEO Paychecks

FortuneThe European Commission released proposals Wednesday that would require Europe's 10,000 publicly listed companies to hold binding votes, and to say how employee and executive pay compares.

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$37B Is Lost Every Year On These 9 Meeting Mistakes

Business InsiderThere are about 11 million meetings taking place in America every day, and a third of them are unproductive. It comes at a cost: an estimated $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings.

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10 Finance Books For The Entrepreneur

Fox BusinessTen business owners share their must-reads for aspiring entrepreneurs who need to get better at managing their own money:

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