A Not-So-Tender Offer: An Insider's Look at Mergers and Their Consequences

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Loaded with the expert insight, wry humor, and candid accounts of what really goes on behind the scenes of the mind-boggling megadeals, acquisitions, and "friendly" mergers, A Not-So-Tender Offer chronicles important megamergers, and assesses the impact they have had on corporate performance, the economy, and the millions of employees and shareholders affected by the upheavals.
Written by Isadore Barmash, an acclaimed writer on the Wall Street scene, this savvy insider's guide gives you a seat at the bargaining table for an upclose look at the often dramatic, sometimes humorous, stories behind the blockbuster headlines.
Barmash takes all of the fascinating tales and puts the big picture in sharp relief, revealing the trends behind the events. With savvy analysis and a straightforward style, he illustrates the decline of junk bonds and the leveraged buyout, the move away from massive conglomerates of unrelated businesses and toward "strategic mergers," the relentless "downsizing" of U.S. corporations and its far-reaching effects on the workforce, the growth of "mini-deals," and much more. Most important, this timely book makes a persuasive case for a return to common sense on the merger and acquisitions scene, before another unchecked escalation in the eat-or-be-eaten merger wars wreaks havoc on the business landscape once again.

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Is it possible that the United States could be forced to surrender not to enemy attack or to revolution but to hostile takeover by the world's money barons? Barmash (Welcome to the Conglomerate, You're Fired!) thinks so. In an alarmist prologue, he outlines a scenario wherein an international consortium of investors formed for the purpose of acquisition informs the president that it is already the third-largest owner of American properties after the government and the citizenry and it is now prepared to buy up the rest of the country. The consortium predicts that the American people will not be able to resist its offer. With the new global economy, the concentration of wealth into fewer hands and another wave of mergers under way, the nation itself could be vulnerable. Is there enough money in the world to buy the United States? Barmash says no, but with innovative leveraging, yes. He claims there are banks that would finance such a deal and individuals willing to profit from it. Is Barmash writing fiction?
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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