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  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 26 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471395056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471395058
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 18 x 4.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on July 9 2004
Format: Hardcover
Truly an essential reference for M&A. I found the book incredibly helpful in assessing M&As for future value. The case studies particularly helpful. Every executive should read this book.
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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
The Best of Breed Dec 1 2005
By Ganesh V Jois - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is by far the best on M&A. To understand what makes this book the best, it is necessary to understand what a comprehensive book on M&A should have and how other books on the market stack up on required content:

1) A discussion of the legal framework in M&A

2) The Strategic case for M&A - Why M&A as opposed to Organic growth strategies

3) The importance of Due Diligence - Why, What, How

4) Synergies - Types, estimation

5) Valuation for M&A - DCF, Multiples, Break-up, LBO, etc.

6) Accounting (Investor Perception) issues - Accretion, Dilution

7) Structuring the Transaction - Cash vs. Stock, Earnouts, Taxation issues

8) Pitfalls and how to avoid them - Overpayment, Thinking like an investor, etc.

This is the only one on the market that does justice to all topics. Other books on the market have an exclusive focus on one or two issues. For instance, Arzac's book is the most comprehensive valuation guide available but is weak on issues like due diligence. Gaughan's book has all the legal procedures and forms that one would need to know about but is has next to nothing on valuation. Marren's book is outdated and full of spreadsheets with almost next to nothing on other topics. DePamphilis' book is weak on valuation but covers many of the other topics. Books by Reed & Lajoux cover Structuring, Taxation, Due Diligence in separate volumes and in that sense they are discontinuous.

This book puts all topics together and provides a very good treatment of each. The book may not be the best for Valuation alone or for Structuring alone but it is a great one-point reference on all topics. It has very good bibliography and those who want to delve deeper can always pick up the specialized books.

For some reason, however, I never got the CD with my purchase and therefore, please check before you buy.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Good for the money Nov. 13 2005
By Dr. Robert Adams - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found the book a good overview of M&A, but it was a bit on the theoretical side. While Bruner is generally a good writer, the 1000+ page tome can sometimes become a bit suffocating. Moreover, the book presumes a considerable knowledge of finance to really understand the content. Nonetheless, I think at $50 bucks, it is a good buy. Other books I have found highly readable on the subject include Mergers and Acquisitions by Depamphilis (3rd edition) and Arzac's Valuation (1st edition). Both of these books come with very helpful software.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Nice Nice Book April 9 2006
By Barrier Options - Published on
Format: Hardcover
very nice overview on MnA. Good introduction and provides references for those who wanna dig into specific topics.

However, this is a general overview for a wide range of MnA topics, you will not gain a specific expertise from this book.

For me, the most useful way of learning a topic like MnA is by actually looking at spreadsheets and exhibits instead of reading bunge of writings. This book has many nice exhibits/tables to demonstrate the calculations, so after the reading, I can look at the exhibits/spreadsheets to see if I understand how the numbers are calculated.

this should be the first read, arzac should be followed up to gain a more solid background in valuation.

No comments on the CDROM, I didn't buy it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best text on M&A Jan. 26 2007
By Top Cat - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After attending an executive program in mergers and acquisitions, I decided to purchase this book after reviewing a variety of books on the subject. I also own Arzac's book, but it is only applicable to valuation.

This book is simply the best text on M&A and it has served as a nice supplament to program that I attended. Between the program and reading this book, I now feel like I am an expert on the subject.

Arzac's book on valuation provides the final topping on the subject manner.
17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive and well written! July 9 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Truly an essential reference for M&A. I found the book incredibly helpful in assessing M&As for future value. The case studies particularly helpful. Every executive should read this book.

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