Business Combinations

  • Kenneth Midgley
  • Ronald G. Burns


Takeover bids make the financial headlines some time during nearly every month of the year, and many reports are compelling reading for people interested in industry and finance. This is particularly so as many of the companies are known to everyone. The object of this chapter is to consider some of the practical problems inherent in takeovers and amalgamations. In particular we consider the art of interpreting published accounts and methods of valuing businesses. This is followed by a discussion of the procedural matters to be observed when buying another company, a description of some of the defences used in fending off takeover bids and examples of where these have proved successful. The work of the Monopolies Commission and Takeover Panel is then examined, and the chapter is concluded with an account of recent business takeovers and mergers.


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Further Reading

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© Kenneth Midgley and Ronald G. Burns 1979

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  • Kenneth Midgley
  • Ronald G. Burns

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