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Revisiting And Reinforcing The Farmers Fox Theory: A Study (Test) Of Three Cases Of Cross-Border Inbound Acquisition Transactions

Revisiting And Reinforcing The Farmers Fox Theory: A Study (Test) Of Three Cases Of Cross-Border Inbound Acquisition Transactions

by Elsevier Ltd.
This paper aims to revisit and reinforce the early development of Farmers Fox Theory (Reddy et al., 2014a) by analysing three cases in the cross-border inbound acquisitions stream. A qualitative case method is adopted to explore the findings from the sample cases, which are the Vodafone–Hutchison telecom deal, the Bharti Airtel–MTN broken telecom deal, and the Vedanta–Cairn India oil deal. We highlight discussions on organizational factors, due diligence issues, deal characteristics, and country-specific determinants. […] Read more

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Applications Rationalization During M&A: Standardize, Streamline, Simplify

Applications Rationalization During M&A: Standardize, Streamline, Simplify

by Deloitte
Most companies tend to accumulate a large information technology (IT) application portfolio over time, especially if they grow through M&A and do not fully integrate operations and assets after each transaction. When viewed holistically, many of these applications may not align with the company’s overall M&A strategy; they were created as point-in-time solutions and don’t necessarily support post-deal, enterprise-level, business and organizational objectives. […] Read more

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How Emerging Markets Companies Can Avoid Growth Traps

How Emerging Markets Companies Can Avoid Growth Traps

by Strategy&
Rapidly growing companies in the developing world can prepare themselves to do battle on a global stage by gaining access to vital capabilities through acquisitions or partnerships. It is extremely difficult for emerging market economies to sustain the rapid growth that stems from industrialization. […] Read more

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2015 Banking M&A Outlook: Poised For A Rebound

2015 Banking M&A Outlook: Poised For A Rebound

by Deloitte
Following a five-year slowdown in banking sector mergers and acquisitions (M&A), 2015 activity appears to be poised for a rebound across both small and large regional banks. At the same time, the global banking sector is expected to continue its pruning of non-strategic businesses and/or duplicative operational centers, creating opportunities for further business system rationalization and increasing focus on areas of specialization. […] Read more

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Build Your M&A Muscle: Why Serial Acquirers Win At Value Creation

Build Your M&A Muscle: Why Serial Acquirers Win At Value Creation

by A.T. Kearney
Like athletes in training, frequent buyers build acquisition muscle that empowers them to do more deals and do them more effectively. In our recent analysis of acquisitions and value creation at 500 public companies in developed markets, frequent buyers – those with more than one acquisition on average per year – increase value faster and Wall Street puts higher value on these buyers over infrequent buyers. […] Read more

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The Deloitte M&A Index – 2016: Opportunities Amidst Divergence

The Deloitte M&A Index – 2016: Opportunities Amidst Divergence

by Deloitte
We are expecting 2015 to end with over $4 trillion worth of deals making it the highest for deal values since 2007. However, on a last-twelve-months (LTM) basis, there was a slowdown in the volume of transactions in the second half of 2015. Cross-border deals are a major feature of this M&A wave. More than $1 trillion worth of cross-border deals have been announced so far this year, of which a third were in the vibrant deal corridor between North America and Europe. […] Read more

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Deal Tectonics: At The Fault Line Of Growth Goals And Competitive Pressures

Deal Tectonics: At The Fault Line Of Growth Goals And Competitive Pressures

by Ernst & Young
As the specialty pharmaceutical sector sees its ability to pursue large acquisitions evaporate, long-promised organic growth from big pharma new drug launches has finally arrived. But a renewed focus on value-based pricing, staunch competition across key therapeutic battlefields and consolidating payer clout may weaken the industry’s ability to reach revenue targets for both new and legacy therapeutics. […] Read more

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EY Center For Board Matters: As M&A Grows, So Does The Board’s Role

EY Center For Board Matters: As M&A Grows, So Does The Board’s Role

by Ernst & Young
Deals that bring companies together often happen at high speed, which creates the potential for missing some critical risks. Everyone in the business world knows that M&A is shorthand for mergers and acquisitions, but these days you could just as readily believe it stands for “moving ahead.” If nothing else, the numbers alone should get the attention of board members at a time when an increasingly holistic view must be taken in every stage of the transaction, including strategy, due diligence, deal approval, integration and post-integration. […] Read more

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