When selecting a deal, first consider the stage of the deal
Other factors to consider:
- There may be limited information on terminated deals, depending on the reasons behind the termination.
- Public deals will have more information available than private ones (i.e., pick a deal with an acquirer that is a US public company).
- Larger deals will likely have more information available, including more news and analysts' coverage.
Finding Recent Deals
I will provide a list of recent deals by stages (pending, completed, and terminated) at the beginning of the semester. I obtain this list from our Bloomberg terminal because of it's comprehensive, real-time data.
You can use some of our databases with remote access to begin looking for deals on your own. See guidance below for searching
In Thomson ONE, select Market Views in the left column. Under NEWS, select “Significant Developments.”
In the top box, designate the time period and use the TOPIC drop-down box to select “Mergers & Acquisitions.”
Beginning in the Search screen in Factiva, expand the blue arrow by Subject. In the search box by SUBJECT, begin typing the word mergers until a drop-down menu appears. There will be a blue arrow next to the word "Mergers."
Click on the arrow (not on the word). You will know you selected it correctly if you see the text ns=cmerg appear in the Free Text Search box at the top. [Alternatively, you can just type this in the search box.]
Next click on SEARCH and a results screen will appear with news on mergers.
In the following screen, you can set your criteria by location, industry, deal size, or date.
[Note: There is also a list of the most recent private company M&A deals at the bottom of the screen.]