Four economic classifications of mergers are (1) horizontal, (2) vertical, (3) conglomerate, and (4) congeneric. Explain the significance of these terms in merger analysis with regard to (a) the likelihood of governmental intervention and (b) possibilities for operating synergy.
Firm A wants to acquire Firm B. Firm B’s management agrees that the merger is a good idea. Might a tender offer be used? Why or why not?
Distinguish between operating mergers and financial mergers.