M&A's - The Spanish invasion of the UK

Level: Masters | Grade: Pass | Approx. Word Count: 1,850


This essay is focused on examining the impact that the divergence of M&A policies between member states have on the bidding process and outcome of takeovers of firms in the UK, with particular reference to successful bids by Spanish corporations.

The objective of mergers and acquisitions (M&A’s) is essentially to aid the growth of a corporation, improve its market share, competitive position and add value to the performance of the firm (Hitt et al 2001; Weber 2012). However, they can also bring additional benefits to domestic “industry sectors, and potentially even national economies” (Hitt et al 2001: 147). Consequently, it can be argued that providing a favourable environment that allows domestic corporations to compete successfully in acquiring foreign firms can have a positive influence on domestic economic growth.