Monthly Archives: September 2008

Who do so many M&A fail?

In an earlier post we discussed what are the reasons that a firm, at least theoretically, decides to merge with or acquire another firm. These basically fell into two categories, horizontal integration and vertical integration. And yet, we know that … Continue reading

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M&A justifications: so what?

In an earlier post, we discussed the justifications, at least theoretically, for a merger or acquisition. Of course, like any financial event, whether buying a company or buying an iPod, the numbers have to make sense. Put in other terms, … Continue reading

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Skype & eBay – an introduction to and case-study in mergers and acquisitions

Earlier today, someone posted on a mailing list an attempt to understand why eBay bought Skype in the first place. For those who have forgotten, eBay, the online auction giant, bought Skype, the VOIP/IM newcomer with around 57MM registered users … Continue reading

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Too big to fail, or too big to see small? Credit companies and micro-payments

It is a well-known truism that companies lose their market share (and their shirts, and sometimes their life), when they are so tied into their big, currently lucrative business model to support the small opportunities that can grow into big … Continue reading

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