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Hostile Takeovers

Understanding mergers, acquisitions, and hostile takeovers is a complex undertaking. As mergers, acquisitions, and hostile takeovers constitute a multitrillion-dollar, wealth-generating industry, the gains and consequences, specifically as they relate to publicly listed corporations, are substantial.

Any publicly listed company is a potential hostile takeover target. While hostile takeover bids can be initiated anytime, the industry is heavily regulated, and various laws and regulations affect decision making and influence hostile takeover processes. It is no surprise then that the process of mergers and acquisitions differs from that of hostile takeovers.

The friendly or hostile nature of the process by which one company acquires another determines whether it is a merger/acquisition or a hostile takeover, respectively. The hostile takeover is best understood in relation to mergers and acquisitions. A ...

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