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Researching Mergers and Acquisitions

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A  merger or acquisition is a combination of two companies where one corporation is completely absorbed by another corporation. The lesser company loses its identity and becomes part of the larger corporation, which retains its identity. A merger extinguishes the merged organisation, and the surviving organisation assumes all the rights, privileges, and liabilities of the merged company.

The Research of Mergers and Acquisitions forms a key part of the MBA programme and a greater understanding of the issues involved would be of interest to members of the wider MBS research community also. The following databases provide access to information connected to this area of analysis. 

Thomson One Banker

Holding 10 years of financial data, TOB analyses historical share price performance and allows access to deals data covering forecasts, filings and deals analysis.


These databases allow the researcher to identify and create target sector lists for both UK and International public and private companies. They also enable company comparisons to be made against key competitors.

Thomson Research

With leading contributors such as Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, Thomson Research provides analysis reports for over 60,000 companies. In addition it affords authoritative insights into sales, forecasts and strategy evaluation


These databases allow for the study of market size, segmentation, trends, forecasts and competitor and buying behaviour. They focus on the market analysis of UK and International Industrial/Consumer markets.


Covering over 10,000 international, national and regional newspapers, news feeds and trade publications, Factiva provides access to the latest targeted company and sector developments. Searches can be made via company name, publication, industry, region or type of news.

For further information see MBS Library Service’s latest “How to Research Mergers and Acquisitions” guide available via the MBS Library Web-site.

  1. Nadia
    20 January 2011 at 11:58 am

    The ‘Thomson Research’ Web link is broken

    [We have updated the link now. Thanks for the feedback.]

  2. Nadia
    3 February 2011 at 3:36 pm

    How can I access Factiva articles? Please send me the login name and password.

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