PURPOSE  To evaluate merger & acquisition activities and the merger effect on acquiring and target firms upon completion of the merger exercise.  

REQUIREMENT  You are required to search at least five (5) journal research articles related to corporate merger and acquisition. Based on these research articles, you are required to:  

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1. Discuss which industry you anticipate will experience industry shock that will spur merger activity in the near future. Do you believe that increasing global competition will further heighten merger activity? (25)  

2. Elaborate on the significance of the mode of payment for the stockholders of the target firm and their continued interest in the surviving firm. Specifically, which mode of payment retains the stockholders of the target firm as stockholders in the surviving firm? Which payment form receives preferential tax treatment?  (25)  

3. Empirically, what are the wealth effects of corporate control activities? Who wins and who loses in corporate control contest? Why there are higher takeover premiums paid in cash transactions than in stock transactions? How do other security holders fare in takeovers? Discuss.  (25)   

4. Explain, given the empirical results presented in the articles, how you would structure a takeover as a CEO of an acquiring firm. Would your perspective change as a stockholder or as a bondholder?  (25)

(TOTAL: 100 MARKS)  

Assignment Format:
a. Use double space and 12-point of Times New Roman font.
b. The assignment should contain about 3000 – 5000 words (15 – 20 pages) in total.
c. Provide reference using the American Psychological Association (APA) format, if any.
d. Journal articles should be latest (year 2012 onwards).
e. You are required to attach all five (5) articles when you submit the hardcopy of your assignment.

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