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Pfizer can protect its offices, but what about its share price? Pfizer can protect its offices, but what about its share price? Michael Fleshman

Merger madness rarely pays off, so why do firms still make these deals?

Here’s the thing about big corporate mergers: in the long run, they’re rarely successful. And yet they keep happening. In fact, the corporate world is witnessing a wave of merger and acquisition mania…
The big four banks, ANZ, CommBank, NAB and Westpac, are not legally prevented from merging, but the four pillars policy has stood in the way. The big four banks, ANZ, CommBank, NAB and Westpac, are not legally prevented from merging, but the four pillars policy has stood in the way. xcode/Flickr

Four pillars or four pillows? Banking’s comfy collective

Australia’s four pillars policy is widely misunderstood. At heart, it is an anti-bank policy, one which prohibits the large banks from doing what they might like to do and that is to merge. It stops them…
The glory days. Nokia’s 8250 and the iconic 3210. The glory days. Nokia’s 8250 and the iconic 3210. Brad Scruse

In an escalation of commitment, Nokia becomes Microsoft

Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s mobile phone division won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has kept an eye on the pair for any length of time. Two years ago, the two companies decided to collaborate…
The US and Finland: united by ice hockey and not much else. The US and Finland: united by ice hockey and not much else. RicLaf

Microsoft-Nokia culture clash will be tough to overcome

Among Western nations it would be difficult to find two cultures as different as the US and Finland. Americans are stereotypically confident and outgoing; Finns considerably more reserved. This is even…
There is more behind the Qantas lockout than short-term industrial disputes. There is more behind the Qantas lockout than short-term industrial disputes. AAP

Qantas is waving the Australian flag … goodbye

As the initial shock of the Qantas lockout of its workforce abates, it is time to consider the wider implications of this action. One lesson is the folly of national identification of companies that are…
People will continue to have a positive view of Foster’s brands, regardless of who owns the company. People will continue to have a positive view of Foster’s brands, regardless of who owns the company. Nicolas.B

Foster’s takeover: don’t expect beer drinkers to turn bitter

Foster’s Group’s acceptance of a $12.3 billion takeover bid from global brewer SABMiller will see the ownership of some of Australia’s most popular beer brands, such as Victoria Bitter and Cascade, fall…
Insider trading detection in Australia has evolved, but ASIC still needs a win. Insider trading detection in Australia has evolved, but ASIC still needs a win. AAP

Hanlong insider trading case will test ASIC’s resolve

Five senior executives of the Chinese-owned investor Hanlong Mining have had assets frozen after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) launched an investigation into alleged insider…
Foster’s chairman David Crawford is under pressure from a hostile bid from SABMiller. Foster’s chairman David Crawford is under pressure from a hostile bid from SABMiller. AAP

It’s hard to see why shareholders won’t ditch Foster’s

If I were a shareholder in Foster’s, which is facing a hostile takeover bid from global brewer SABMiller, there are three questions that I would ask myself before deciding whether to sell my stake. First…

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