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Mergers and Acquisitions

An increasingly common occurrence in the modern business world, mergers and acquisitions allow different companies to consolidate market share like never before. In fact, some companies are started with the express intent of being acquired down the line by a bigger player in the industry. But before someone can execute a merger or acquisition, it is important to understand what mergers and acquisitions entail.


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Business Formation, Business Law, Intellectual Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, Trademarks
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Yohanan PLLC

1 years in practice
Business Formation, Business Law, Intellectual Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, Trademarks
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Both mergers and acquisitions have the same ultimate result: turning two distinct corporate entities into one. How they go about this process however is very different.

Mergers

A merger is seen as the more friendly option for businesses combining. In a merger, both companies are merged together to form a joint company. This creates new ownership, a new management structure usually made up of people from both companies, and slightly reduces each company’s power. One notable example of this type of dealing is the merger between Exxon and Mobil to form Exxon-Mobil.

Acquisitions

While mergers are friendlier, acquisitions are more direct. An acquisition, also known as a hostile takeover, involves one, usually larger, company absorbing a smaller company to acquire its assets. This is most often accomplished by purchasing 51% of a company’s stock, making the acquiring company the majority stakeholder. In the ensuing takeover, the acquiring company is under no obligation to retain any of the absorbed company’s executive staff or employees.

This is not always a violent upheaval however. Many startups or venture companies are created with the express intent of undergoing an acquisition that buys out the upper levels of the company.

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Mergers and Acquisitions Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a merger?

A merger is a business process by which two separate companies combine to form one joint company. A merger creates new ownership, a new management structure, and does not require funds to be expended.

2. What is an acquisition?

An acquisition, also known as a hostile takeover, is when one company takes over another. An acquisition dissolves the smaller company in its totality and absorbs all of the assets within. 

3. What's the difference between a merger and an acquisition?

While both mergers and acquisitions combine what was previously two companies into one, there are some notable differences. A merger is seen as the friendlier of the two options since it dilutes both companies’ power to create a joint entity. On the other hand, an acquisition is a more aggressive process that subsumes a smaller company to gain control of its assets.

4. How much does a Merger or Acquisition cost?

A merger can easily cost millions of dollars to execute. This include attorney’s fees on both sides, filing fees, retainers, commissions, and other associated expenses that come with dissolving two entities to create a new joint entity.

An acquisition can vary wildly in cost. In general, an acquisition is executed by acquiring more than 50% of a company’s stock, thus taking majority ownership of the thing. This means that the cost of an acquisition is at minimum the cost of acquiring 51% of a company’s stock. If the company is doing well, this could be millions or even billions of dollars. If the company is doing extremely poorly, this fee could sharply decline.

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