Rear-View Mirror Perspective

In this chapter, some recent and some historic failed mergers are critically analyzed, mistakes made by those responsible for delivering change, miscalculations of the strategists, and other factors contributing to the unintended results are scrutinized with the benefit of hindsight with a view to learn from others’ mistakes.

Failed to Complete Mergers

Before discussing the mergers and acquisitions that failed soon after or a few years after the actual merger, let us cast an eye on the mergers and acquisitions that were stopped in their tracks. This is not the case where one firm showed interest in merging with or acquiring another firm. Not even the case where after mutual interest, the expectations of ...

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