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In 2016, the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch Inbev acquired its rival, SABMiller in a merger valued at approximately $107 billion. This much-anticipated merger had Anheuser-Busch Inbev (BUD) (maker of brands including Corona, Budweiser, and Stella Artois) taking over London-based SABMiller(maker of brands including Fosters and Castle Lager). One of the focus of merger was to compete in a strong growth potential market by joining hands and broaden the portfolio of similar products.
In 2108, two big media & telecom American giants, Time Warner and AT&T joined forces in a deal worth over $108 billion. This acquisition was so massive that the U.S. Government forcibly had to interfere with closing the issue. AT&T first showed its interest in buying Time Warner in the year 2016. Initially there was a government opposition, but eventually AT&T and Time Warner completed the acquisition for a deal of $108 billion after receiving approval from the regulatory body in 2018.
In December 2015, the two chemical conglomerates, Dow Chemicals, and DuPont announced their intentions to merge into a deal of $130 Billion. This deal was completed in 2017. The combined entity was re-named as DowDuPont Inc. They included 3 divisions: Agriculture, Material Science, and Specialty Products. In 2019, DowDuPont broke up into 3 distinct companies, namely Dow Chemical, DuPont, and Corteva. Dow Chemical is a commodity chemical company, and DuPont is a company that focuses mainly on specialty chemical makers. Corteva is an agricultural company producing seeds and agricultural chemicals and products.
Verizon Communication and Vodafone together bought Verizon Wireless to the market. However, in 2014, Verizon acquired Vodafone’s 45% stake in a deal that eventually turned into around $130 billion. Following the deal, Verizon now completely owns the Verizon Wireless venture. This deal was also dubbed the “Deal of the Decade”. This is the third biggest business deals of all time.
The $182 billion deal between America Online (AOL) and Time Warner comes in at number 2 in our list of biggest acquisitions in history. The merger between AOL and Time Warner occurred at the height of the Dotcom era in 2000 when successful internet provider, America Online, made a bid to acquire mass media conglomerate, Time Warner. At that time, AOL had a massive market share in internet providing service and was looking to expand furthermore by tapping into the Time Warner’s dominance in entertainment, publishing, and news.
In 1999, the British multinational telecom company Vodafone Group (VOD) decided to buy British German conglomerate, Mannesmann AG. The long-running effort by Vodafone’s PLC finally paid off in February 2000, when Mannesmann AG accepted its offer for a whopping deal of around $203 billion, making this deal the largest and biggest business deal that has ever happened in the history of the corporate world till date.
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