Mergers and Acquisitions Basics

Mergers and Acquisitions Basics

All You Need To Know

1st Edition - September 23, 2010

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  • Author: Donald DePamphilis

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In two volumes Don DePamphilis presents a high-level description of mergers & acquistions, from negotiating and deal structuring to building business alliances and restructuring corporations.  Writtten for those who seek a broadly-based view of m&a,  his books tread a middle ground between highly technical and dumbed-down descriptions of complex events. He concentrates on the processes and their players--investment bankers, business brokers, accountants, attorneys, tax experts, managers, investors, and others--and a dynamic series of actions with often-unforeseen implications.

Key Features

  • Includes all participants, from investment bankers to accountants and business managers
  • Emphasizes the interactive natures of decisions about assets, payments, and appropriate legal structures
  • Bases conclusions on empirical evidence, not experience and opinion
  • Features a recent business case at the end of each chapter


Students and professionals around the world who are studying or working in mergers and acquisitions. The book is especially useful for readers who seek material that lies between intensive and superficial coverage of these subjects. It requires only passing acquaintance with finance, economics, business law, and accounting.

Table of Contents

  • M&A Basics

    1. Introduction to Negotiating Mergers and Acquisitions

    2. Selecting the Form of Acquisition Vehicle and Post-Closing Organization

    3. Selecting the Form of Payment

    4. Selecting the Form of Acquisition

    5. Tax Structures and Strategies

    6. Accounting Considerations

    7. Financing Structures and Strategies

    8. The Role of Takeover Tactics and Defenses in the Negotiation Process

    M&A Deal Structuring

    1: Introduction to Mergers and Acquisitions

    2: What History Tells Us about M&A Performance

    3: Developing Takeover Strategies and the Impact on Corporate Governance

    4: Common Takeover Defenses

    5: Key Players in Mergers and Acquisitions

    6: Developing the Business Plan as the Initial Phase of the Merger and Acquisition Process

    7: The Role of the Acquisition Plan, Finding a Target, and Making First Contact

    8: The Negotiation through Closing Phases

    9: Financing Transactions

    10: M&A Post-Merger Integration


Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2010
  • Published: September 23, 2010
  • Imprint: Academic Press

About the Author

Donald DePamphilis

Donald DePamphilis
Donald M. DePamphilis has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and has managed more than 30 acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, minority investments, as well as licensing and supply agreements. He is Emeritus Clinical Professor of Finance at the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has also taught mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine, and Chapman University to undergraduates, MBA, and Executive MBA students. He has published a number of articles on economic forecasting, business planning, and marketing. As Vice President of Electronic Commerce at Experian, Dr. DePamphilis managed the development of an award winning Web Site. He was also Vice President of Business Development at TRW Information Systems and Services, Director of Planning at TRW, and Chief Economist at National Steel Corporation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Professor of Finance, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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