Abbass F. Alkhafaji
Written for financial and management executives, this volume provides an examination of the restructuring of American business which has resulted from a spate of large-scale mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, and buyouts. As Alkhafaji notes at the outset, mergers and acquisitions are not new to the American business scene. However, the huge dollar value of recent transactions, such as the RJR/Nabisco buyout and the fact that large corporations once thought to be safe from takeover attempts are now potential targets, has given the process heightened impact. Alkhafaji explores the reasons for the increasing popularity of takeovers, mergers and buyouts; who benefits from and who is affected by these strategies; who loses and who wins in the process; the international aspects of corporate restructuring; and the future implications for financial and senior managers. In addition to examining the impact of corporate restructuring on the economy, the corporation, and the individual employee, Alkhafaji provides information for the executive involved in the buyout process.
He explains the various characteristics of companies that prompt merger and takeover actions, provides a rationale for the rapid increase in such activities, presents strategies that management should use before, during and after the buyout, offers a comprehensive guide to what is involved in the restructuring process, and discusses the stages of mergers, takeovers, and buyouts to help managers understand the process better. The author also shows why buyouts have now become popular in the international marketplace. A review of the available literature includes many illustrative real world examples, and the author's own empirical studies are included to demonstrate management perceptions toward different aspects of the restructuring process.