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Mergers by Partial Acquisition

  • Lindqvist, Tobias

    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

This paper evaluates partial acquisition strategies. The model allows for buying a share of a firm before the actual acquisition takes place. Holding a share in a competing firm before the acquisition of another firm, outsider-toehold, eliminates the insiders' dilemma, i.e. profitable mergers do not occur. This strategy may thus be more profitable for a buyer than acquiring entire firms at once. Furthermore, the insiders' dilemma arises from the assumption of a positive externality on the outsider firm and acquiring an outsider-toehold is thus a signal of an anti-competitive merger.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 630.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 20 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0630
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