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    Mergers & Acquisitions: A Comprehensive Guide (Third Edition) by Steven Bragg

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    Mergers & Acquisitions covers every aspect of an acquisition from the perspectives of both the buyer and the seller. The book addresses a variety of acquisition strategies, the acquisition process, regulatory approvals, exit planning, hostile takeover tactics, valuation, due diligence, synergy analysis, legal structures, acquisition integration, and more. Accounting for acquisitions under GAAP and IFRS is described. There is also a chapter on reverse mergers, which are used to go public. [292 pages]

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    Table of Contents

    Part I - Initial Stages of the Acquisition
    Chapter 1. Acquisition Strategy
    Chapter 2. The Acquisition Process
    Chapter 3. Regulatory Approval
    Chapter 4. Exit Planning
    Chapter 5. The Data Room
    Chapter 6. Valuation of the Target
    Chapter 7. Synergy Analysis
    Chapter 8. Hostile Takeover Tactics

    Part II - Completing the Acquisition
    Chapter 9. Due Diligence
    Chapter 10. Payment Structure of the Acquisition
    Chapter 11. Legal Structure of the Acquisition
    Chapter 12. Acquisition Documents
    Chapter 13. Acquisition Integration 

    Part III - Additional Acquisition Topics
    Chapter 14. Accounting for Acquisitions
    Chapter 15. Acquisition Personnel
    Chapter 16. Reverse Mergers


    Mr. Bragg has once again presented very complex and lofty material in a concise and approachable manner.  If there is even the slightest chance you will one day be involved in any such transaction, do yourself a favor and read this book.  I wish I had this book years ago.  It will hold a permanent place on my bookshelf for years to come. - Chris D'Angelo, Controller, Executive Health Resources

    With Mergers & Acquisitions, Steven Bragg continues to show why he is such a respected authority in the Finance and Accounting communities. Large or small, first time or grizzled veteran, buying or selling - everyone will gain valuable information to help improve M&A transaction success. As an entrepreneur, I have relied upon Mr. Bragg's expertise time and time again and this book is another "must have" core reference guide for my company's operations. - Ken Koch, CEO, Business Resource Management, Inc.

    Too often, business owners view merger and acquisition activities as financial strategies only, and give limited consideration to the potential after-effects of combined ownership or consolidation.  Steve Bragg's Mergers & Acquisitions provides insight into the variety of motivations and approaches to M&A activities, and offers detailed information on addressing financial, operational, and other aspects of the process.  In my opinion, it's a 'must read' for every business owner, regardless of whether a buy or sell is on their immediate radar. - Joanie Mann, Executive Vice President, INSYNQ

    Mr. Bragg has come up with an excellent combination of technical information and real world experience.  I highly recommend this book for anyone involved in the M&A process. - Wray Rives, CPA

    This book has assembled and synthesized the critical issues involving complex and often risky M&A transactions. Although M&A projects represent successful non-organic growth strategies for an organization, this text provides a hands-on resource detailing trends, developments, guidance and best practices. It is a must read if a company wishes to avoid the problems associated with bad planning in the areas of regulatory considerations, due diligence, deal structure, valuation and pricing. - John G. Herndon, Adjunct Professor of Accounting and Finance, Cal State University East Bay