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Autopsy of a Merger [Hardcover]

William Miller Owen
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August 1986 0961324708 978-0961324704 1st
Book by Owen, William Miller

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  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: William M Owen; 1st edition (August 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961324708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961324704
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating inside story of a major corporate merger November 27, 1998
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Autopsy of a Merger (subtitled, Trans Union: The Deal That Rocked the Corporate World) is the inside story of one of the most controversial mergers in corporate history.
This case study of a megamerger in the age of mergermania should be read by everyone interested in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate governance, directors' and officers' liability, the social trauma of takeovers, and the impact of the media on major corporate transactions.
The subject is the 1981 acquisition of Trans Union Corporation by the billionaire Pritzker family of Chicago. Trans Union, then a New York Stock Exchange listed company that last ranked no. 278 of the Fortune 500, was a billion-dollar company with a hundred-year history.
The deal was struck shortly before a gala opening night party commemorating the 26th season of Chicago's Lyric Opera. What followed was an opera of another sort -- a montage of drama, intrigue, tragedy, comedy, hope, despair, broken dreams and new opportunities with a real-life cast of characters more captivating than one would find on any ordinary state. It was, some would say later, stranger than fiction.
Four years later, in a landmark 1985 decision that shocked the corporate world, a bitterly-divided Supreme Court of Delaware held that the former Trans Union board of directors had been "grossly negligent in that it failed to act with informed reasonable deliberation in agreeing to the Pritzker merger." The Court's astounding 3-2 decision, which is included in an appendix to the book, would transform the ground rules for corporate takeovers.
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The author's name is William M. Owen, not William Miller Owen as stated in the listing. The "M" is for "Marshall".
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