Question: Where do I find info on mergers and acquisitions?


Though often used interchangeably, the terms merger and acquisition mean slightly different things.  Mergers are business combination transactions involving the combination of two or more companies into a single entity.  An overview of a merger is available on the SEC government website, Fast Answers.  An acquisition occurs when one company takes over another or the assets of a company and establishes itself as the new owner. The nature of the transaction, hostile vs friendly, can also determine whether the deal is a merger or an acquisition.  The SEC filings for public US companies as well as most company websites will provide information about a merger or acquisition involving the company.  

Go to the Virtual Business Library's Journals/Newspapers section for articles and news resources, including the following suggested resources:  ABI-Inform, Business Source Complete, Factiva, and Nexis Uni.

Go to the Virtual Business Library's Company & Financial Information section for links to useful resources. including the following suggested resources:  

IntelliConnect: The Mergers & Acquisitions tab will provide information on laws and regulations that regulate mergers & acquisitions as well as news and current awareness. 

Thomson One: Coverage includes data on mergers & acquisitions, tender offers, stock swaps, spin-offs & split-offs, recapitalizations, stake purchases, asset sales & divestitures, and leveraged buyout transactions.

Mergent's Events Data: Go to the Corporate Actions tab and use the Select Event tab for acquisitions, mergers, and other corporate related transactions.

Bloomberg. Type "MA" and hit GO. Please note that Bloomberg stations are accessible onsite on the 5th floor of Bobst Library.

Answered By: Business Librarians
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2020Views:

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