Even if the market, the industry, and the economy are absolutely perfect for a merger, if two companies combine with three principles against them, it usually means failure. Here are the three principles.
Whether the AT&T-Time Warner merger will result in abject failure or a bellwether that will reshape and recombine the media and internet industries depends on how the consumer and other players in the game respond.
Companies with cutting-edge technology can receive lucrative acquisition offers from larger organizations, but this is by no means guaranteed, and many CEOs sell themselves short by jumping at initial offers.
Both parties involved in a merger or acquisition should have a solid understanding of their individual cultures and the strengths (or weaknesses) they bring to the table.
Intive CEO Ludovic Gaudé talks about why CEOs should focus on company culture when weighing acquisitions, and the red flags to look out for when doing due diligence on a potential acquisition.
Asking "What if?" can bring clarity to M&A decisions that can be challenging with conflicting objectives.
The economy's resurgence has CEOs swimming in cash. The Great Recession changed how they're spending it.
Thomas van der Meulen's best advice for a winning acquisition: Keep an open mind and pay as much attention to culture as the numbers.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes seem more than ready to dig in and fight the government's charges.
Leading a spin-off can be like running a new company. While the operations end may seem as simple as breaking off a division, the C-suite must often create an entirely new brand and face mountains of legal work.