Merger Acquisition Divestitures And Other Restructuring
The Wall Street–coveted analysis of understand-
ing the drivers leading to growth through M&A has remained somewhat of a mystery to the public, until now.
Although M&A activity has its origins arguably with the dawn of com-
merce, M&A as a greater business strategic phenomenon began in the nine- teenth century in a period known as “The Great Merger Movement.” It was at this time that very small businesses were consolidated into large public entities that dominated the markets. Companies like U.S. Steel, International
Paper, and Standard Oil created near-monopolistic entities. Today M&A
has evolved and changed with regulation, market, and industry. Despite the details of its evolution and progress, M&A still proves to be a key driver for business growth.