Mergers and acquisitions: These two words represent how companies buy, sell and recombine businesses. They're also the reason why today's corporate landscape is a maze of conglomerations. Insurance companies own breakfast cereal makers, shopping mall outlets are part of military manufacturing groups, and movie studios own airlines, all because of mergers and acquisitions.
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Not all M&As are peaceful, however. Sometimes, a company can take over another one against its will -- a hostile takeover. How can they do that? In this article, we'll find out how hostile takeovers happen, how to prevent them and why a hostile takeover isn't always a bad thing.