European Mergers and Merger Policy

Paperback | June 1, 1994

EditorMatthew Bishop, John Kay

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Europe stands at the start of its first great merger wave. Growing international trade, accelerated by the `Single Market' programme, has seen a sharp increase in mergers across national borders between European-based firms. During the 1990s, this increase in European mergers will almostcertainly continue. As it does, it is sure to raise important questions for industrial policy-makers and business strategies. Should, for instance, leading national firms merge to form `European champions'? When does merger make good business sense, and with which firms? Are hostile takeovers asound method for ensuring top management accountability; or are alternative ownership controls preferable? What are the proper grounds for politicians to prevent a merger, and which politicians?This book addresses these questions, bringing together a number of leading economists and authoritative commentators on mergers and merger policy. The book itself is a `European' edition of Mergers and Merger Policy edited by James A. Fairburn and John Kay (OUP, 1989). Two chapters (on marketstructure and performance; and on the evolution of merger policy in Britain) from that book are included here without alteration. Other chapters have been updated and to these have been added entirely new chapters on the European dimension of merger activity, regulation and the European community,and on the options open to European companies.

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Europe stands at the start of its first great merger wave. Growing international trade, accelerated by the `Single Market' programme, has seen a sharp increase in mergers across national borders between European-based firms. During the 1990s, this increase in European mergers will almostcertainly continue. As it does, it is sure to ...

John Kay is at The London Business School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198773463

ISBN - 13:9780198773467

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`A very good selection of articles. Should prove useful reading to students.'Dr Tom McGovern, University of Newcastle