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Implications Of Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions By TNCs in Developing Countries: A Beginner's Guide

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International mergers and acquisitions have become the preferred mode of overseas investment by multinational companies, accounting for the bulk of FDI in the developed world and for increasing shares in the developing world. However, many governments express concern about this mode of MNC entry, preferring 'greenfield' investments to the takeover of national firms. This paper provides an overview of the main economic costs and benefits that may be involved and argues that M&As do have costs but these may be over-stated.

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  • Sanjaya Lall, "undated". "Implications Of Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions By TNCs in Developing Countries: A Beginner's Guide," QEH Working Papers qehwps88, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.
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