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Biggest Mergers in History, Part 1


Here at Chad J Robinson PLLC, we offer business law services in Boca Raton, along with other legal services as well. Business law is a convoluted field, so it is always best to have a professional in your corner to guide you through major business decisions. One of the bigger decisions that a growing company can make is whether or not to move forward with a merger opportunity. Historically, mergers have been a great way to consolidate resources between businesses. Here, we would like to go over some of the biggest mergers in history.

$95 Billion

We knew mergers got big, but 95 billion dollars big? That was the case when Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading Co merged in 2004. This ended a more than 100 year division between the then Dutch and Anglo oil properties. At the time, while both companies were enjoying profit increases, their stock had dropped from overestimating oil reserves. The merger was supposed to solve this problem by increasing transparency across country borders. It must have worked, because nowadays the company has over $411 billion in assets.

$101 Billion

In 2015, major ketchup and macaroni and cheese conglomerates Heinz and Kraft merged, making them the fifth biggest food company in the entire world, and the third largest in the US. While at the time business experts considered the merger a bad move, the company has since boasted an annual revenue of over 28 billion dollars, as well as a stock increase.

$106 Billion

Glaxo SmithKline is a company that came from the merger between Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham in 200. After the merger, they became the largest pharmaceutical company on the planet. Both companies were originally run in the United Kingdom. The reason for the merger was that other pharmaceutical companies were also merging in order to consolidate a global edge. Glaxo SmithKline just beat them to the punch, creating over 15,000 pharmaceutical research jobs at the time in the process.

$109 Billion

Few companies can compete with major media and ISP conglomerates. And that only became harder recently after the announcement of the merger between AT&T and Time Warner. While this merger is still going on, it has until April 22nd of 2018 to be finalized. However, the United State government is currently standing in the way of the merger, as they fear it will give the company too much of a market advantage, effectively creating a monopoly. This would violate anti trust laws set up to protect the public from things like price fixing.

While we certainly haven’t dealt with any mergers this big, we have years of experience with business law to bring to bear for our clients who need it. If you need help with a business merger in Boca Raton, or require any other business law services in the area, then give Chad J Robinson a call at your earliest convenience. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!