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Deals from Hell: M&A Lessons that Rise Above the Ashes

by Robert F. Bruner

Other authors: Arthur Levitt Jr. (Foreword)

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A detailed look at the worst M&A deals ever and the lessonslearned from them It's common knowledge that about half of all merger and acquisition(M&A) transactions destroy value for the buyer's shareholders,and about three-quarters fall short of the expectations prevailingat the time the deal is announced. In Deals from Hell, RobertBruner, one of the foremost thinkers and educators in this field,uncovers the real reasons for these mishaps by taking a closer lookat twelve specific instances of M&A failure. Through thesereal-world examples, he shows readers what went wrong and why, andconverts these examples into cautionary tales for executives whoneed to know how they can successfully navigate their own M&Adeals. These page-turning business narratives in M&A failureprovide much-needed guidance in this area of business. Byaddressing the key factors to M&A success and failure, thiscomprehensive guide illustrates the best ways to analyze, design,and implement M&A deals. Filled with in-depth insights, expertadvice, and valuable lessons gleaned from other M&Atransactions, Deals from Hell helps readers avoid the commonpitfalls associated with this field and presents them with a clearframework for thinking about how to make any M&A transaction asuccess.… (more)

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I personally think that this is a brilliant book. It is a bit heavy going, and you need to read it slowly. It is a book that can serve as an excellent reference book, that you can go back to from time to time. The arguments have been made very well, and are clear to follow. The case studies are well chosen. Since many large M&A transactions have been US centric, the cases are based in the US. What I would like, is for a deep analysis of cross border transactions, like Daimler and Chrysler. Examples like this would really add so much value to the book.
Having said that, this is an excellent read, and is highly recommended. ( )
  RajivC | Feb 19, 2012 |
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