M & A

Stands for mergers and acquisitions. A merger is like a marriage in the business world. Sometimes two companies will merge to form one large company; it’s wanted by both parties, rarely arranged and mutually beneficial. An acquisition can be friendly (when management approves) or hostile (when management can’t agree on a merger or takeover and things get ugly. Either way, an acquisition is when a company takes over, or acquires another company). There can also be divorces, like the high profile one between AOL and Time Warner.

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