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Mega-Merger Mayhem


May 1989 | 180 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In Mega-Merger Mayhem, Sidney Gray and Michael McDermott review the recent merger boom in the United Kingdom from February 1985 to June 1988, highlighting the key events and discussing the major issues. They identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Government's merger policy in action, and its attitudes towards competition. They also examine the conduct of the combatants and their advisors in these battles. Finally they assess the policy implications of recent developments, both for the UK and the EC, and propose various changes.

Sidney Gray and Michael McDermott describe the drama of the takeover battles: the tension, the surprise, the sudden attack, the way first one company gains the advantage and then the other, the final triumph of the victor and the humiliation of the vanquished.

The seven battles are chosen for their interest and reflect important sectors of UK and world business.


 
PART ONE: THE TAKEOVER ENVIRONMENT
 
Mergers and Takapuna
 
The Players and the Game
The Policy-Makers and Regulators

 
 
Merger Control
 
The Referees
Corporate Conduct and Accountability

 
 
The Advisers
Take-Overs Costs and Tactics

 
 
PART TWO: TAKEOVER BATTLES
 
Elders IXL versus Allied-Lyons
 
Hanson Trust versus United Biscuits for Imperial Group
 
Guinness versus Argyll for Distillers
 
GEC versus Plessey
 
Dixons versus Woolworth
 
BTR versus Pilkington
 
Nestle versus Jacobs Suchard for Rowntree
 
PART THREE: TAKEOVERS: RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT
 
Lesions and Lessons
 
References and Further Reading

'All in all, just as the renaissance warrior would look to his copy of Machiavelli's text as a source of inspiration for his conquests, so will today's dealmakers, advisors, regulators or interested observers find Mega-Merger Mayhem rich in insight on corporate takeover battles' - Mattin Waldenstrom, Booz-Allen Acquisitions Service

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ISBN: 9781853960512
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