Mergers and Acquisitions

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  • An interchangeable term used to describe the combination of two companies or corporations into one company. Only one of the firms survives, and the other is combined with the surviving firm. This is called a merger. An acquired firm can also be combined with the acquiring firm to form one company. Also, a corporation can acquire another corporation for strategic reasons without combining that corporation with the acquiring corporation. A merger can be distinguished by what happens to the company acquired. A merger will result in the combination of all the assets of the acquired company with those of the acquiring company, and then an entirely new corporation is formed. The acquired company ceases to exist, and the common stock of the acquired company is ...

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