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Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involves the process of combining two companies into one. The goal of combining two or more businesses is to try and achieve synergy where the new company is greater than the former two separtate companies.

Mergers occur when two companies join forces. Such transactions typically happen between two businesses that are about the same size and which recognise advantages the other offers in terms of increasing sales and efficiencies.The terms of the merger are mutually agreed to and the two companies become equal partners in the new venture.

Acquisitions occur when one company buys another company and folds it into its operations. Sometimes the purchase is friendly and sometimes it is hostile, depending on whether the company being acquired believes it is better off as an operating unit of a larger venture.

The end result of both processes is the same, but the relationship between the two companies differs based on whether a merger or acquisition occurred.

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