Deals from Hell M and A Lessons That Rise above the Ashes

ISBN-10: 0470452595
ISBN-13: 9780470452592
Edition: 2005
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Description: A detailed look at the worst M&A deals ever and the lessons learned from them It's common knowledge that about half of all merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions destroy value for the buyer's shareholders, and about three-quarters fall short of  More...

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List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/21/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

A detailed look at the worst M&A deals ever and the lessons learned from them It's common knowledge that about half of all merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions destroy value for the buyer's shareholders, and about three-quarters fall short of the expectations prevailing at the time the deal is announced. In Deals from Hell, Robert Bruner, one of the foremost thinkers and educators in this field, uncovers the real reasons for these mishaps by taking a closer look at twelve specific instances of M&A failure. Through these real-world examples, he shows readers what went wrong and why, and converts these examples into cautionary tales for executives who need to know how they can successfully navigate their own M&A deals. These page-turning business narratives in M&A failure provide much-needed guidance in this area of business. By addressing the key factors to M&A success and failure, this comprehensive guide illustrates the best ways to analyze, design, and implement M&A deals. Filled with in-depth insights, expert advice, and valuable lessons gleaned from other M&A transactions, Deals from Hell helps readers avoid the common pitfalls associated with this field and presents them with a clear framework for thinking about how to make any M&A transaction a success.

ROBERT F. BRUNER is the Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of the University of Virginia and Executive Director of the Batten Institute. He directs the Darden School's executive education course on mergers and acquisitions, and teaches the popular MBA elective on that topic. He is the author of over 250 case studies and a casebook, Case Studies in Finance: Managing for Corporate Value Creation, which has been adopted for use at over 200 schools. Bruner's articles have been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and Financial Management. He has served as a consultant to over twenty corporations as well as to the U.S. Government, and prior to his academic career, worked as a commercial banker and venture capitalist. Bruner holds a BA from Yale University, and an MBA and DBA from Harvard University.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Foundations of M&A Failure
Where M&A Pays and Where It Strays:A Survey of Research
Profiling the Outlying M&A Deals
Real Disasters and M&A Failure
Case Studies of M&A Failure
February 1968: Merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroads
December 1986: The Leveraged Buyout of Revco Drug Stores
September 1989: The Acquisition of Columbia Pictures by Sony Corporation
September 1991: The Acquisition of NCR Corporation by AT&T Corporation
December 1993: Renault's Proposed Merger with Volvo
December 1994: The Acquisition of Snapple by Quaker Oats
May 1999: Mattel's Acquisition of The Learning Company
January 2001: Merger of AOL and Time Warner
December 2001: Dynegy's Proposed Merger with Enron
January 2002: tAcquisition Program of Tyco International
Avoiding the Deal from Hell
Conclusions and Implications
Memo to the CEO:A Coda on Growth
References
About the Author
Index

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