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Merger Mania: Arbitrage : Wall Street's Best Kept Money-Making Secret Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston; 1 edition (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 7034258279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030026027
  • ASIN: 0030026024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book will teach you some things you never learned in law school about corporations. It's like a cookbook for someone who knows about cooking and it's very concise. Explaining how to take an investment position on a merger, it literally provides an inside look at how an arbitrage deal is put together. An "Anatomy of a Deal" chart provides a typical time line chart from the first approach in secret to the legal closing. Covers how tender offers work, merger defenses, calculating work-out values, potential profit and risk for cash only tenders, cash plus stock tenders, calculating target rate of return, and details of risks involved; how to determine if the merger will be completed, and more. Unlike other books which are overfilled with generalizations and boring histories of past deals, this book is really to the point on each topic with a minimum of "war stories" included to help to explain how things work. Moderately technical and not for casual entertainment but for serious investors who want to learn how to arbitrage mergers.
Several things are touched on only lightly, such as how to detect potential merger preparation and activities before official filings are done. While one wouldn't expect all of the incriminating details, a few hints would be nice to know about how to spot pre-notice merger preparations. Not a tell-all about the man himself but only about his methods he used to become wealthy. It is apparent that brilliant anaysis was the key to his success.
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By EF on February 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Water damage inside book cover, sticky and dirty book cover, book has been treated badly. Well, the price speaks for itself but no great experience.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barrier Options on July 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
don't read it because it is full of donuts. it is about the guy himself, nothing about risk arbitrage. a complete waste of my time
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booksmarts Inc. on November 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Boesky wrote and released this book and then was indicted and arrested. Shortly thereafter, the publisher pulled the book. It was supposed to be a ''how to''. When it was revealed that Ivan's trades were based on insider information the book became a joke.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A way to basic explanation of arbitrage that spends more time on Ivan's "successes"
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