Mergers and Acquisitions Boom

2014 is on track to be the biggest year for global mergers and acquisitions in a decade. The corporate world is in the midst of a grand shopping spree. Over $2 trillion of corporate mergers and acquisitions have already been announced so far this year; 44% higher than in the same period last year.By June, there had been $786 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions in the United States, not far off from the total for all of 2007, the ...

A marriage made in heaven

Firms have a choice when it comes to growth. The IB syllabus requires consideration of both internal/organic and external growth, and within external growth students need to evaluate joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers and takeovers as a means of achieving a firm’s growth objectives. In 2011, PwC the global professional services consultancy put the total value of merger and acquisition deals at $149 billion, up by a third from 2010, with the average deal coming it at $105 million, up from ...