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Acquisition refers to obtaining ownership and control by one firm, in whole or in part, of another firm or business entity.

As distinct from a merger, an acquisition does not necessarily entail amalgamation or consolidation of the firms. An acquisition, even when there is complete change in control, may lead the firms involved to continue to operate as separate entities. Nevertheless, joint control implies joint profit maximization and is a potential source of concern to antitrust authorities.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Industrial Organisation Economics and Competition Law, compiled by R. S. Khemani and D. M. Shapiro, commissioned by the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs, OECD, 1993.

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Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Thursday, January 3, 2002

Last updated on Friday, February 28, 2003