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Company Information: M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions)

Introductory guide to find international and national company information.

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) - Intro

A merger or acquisition is a combination of two companies where one corporation is completely adsorbed by another corporation. A merger extinguishes the merged organization, and the surviving organization assumes all the rights, privileges, and liabilities of the merged company.

M&A updates from Thomson Reuters Worldwide

Access to the latest M&A updates and news from Thomson Reuters Worldwide Mergers and Acquisitions database:

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M&A Databases - access by CBS Library

IPOs on the pricipal stock markets

The annual publication "Academic EurIPO", 2006 - d.d. describes the IPOs in Europe providing:
the academic debate on IPOs, outlook on international IPOs, offering methodology, ownership structure, and corporate governance, valuation of IPOs and pre and post listing performance.

Journals - main focus on M&A

Mergers & Acquisitions (The Dealmaker's Journal): a reference tool providing full coverage of merger and acquisition activity and data on mergers and acquisitions worldwide; concise articles, pricing, structuring and acquisition strategies, trends and in-depth analysis.
Coverage: 1998 to present

Mergers & Acquisitions Report (previous titles are Mergers+Acquisitions International og M & A Europe): provides information on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, & bankruptcies.
Coverage: 1999 to present

The journals can be found through Find Journals

Other journals / periodicals within the topic:

Business Source Complete has more publications within the M&A field.
Search hint: choose the tab "Publications". "Browse" with the key word "mergers" in the category "By Subject & Description".

European Union and mergers

Data on dead companies

The following databases contain data on companies that have merged, or been acquired in such a way as they no longer trade under the original name.

Databases and Sources for M&A Information - Screening for individual deals

Content: Zephyr contains information and data on mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, private equity, and venture capital deals. The database contains information on completed, pending, withdrawn, announced, and rumoured deals. 
Coverage: European deals from 1997 and forward; global deals from 2001 and forward.
Additional features include news, ranking, and tables about M&A activities.
Search guideZephyr brochure  

You will find links to more detailed financial information about the companies involved as provided by Orbis, another Bureau Van Dijk product.

(Source: Zephyr brochure, p. 3)

Thomson One Banker:
Thomson Financial is one of the premier sources for information on individual M&A deals. 
Content: the database has comprehensive details on all announced deals whether completed or uncompleted. Data available include full financial details, advisors and fees, premiums paid, etc.
Coverage: the database covers U.S. targets 1979 to present and non U.S. targets 1985 to present.

The module "Company Views > Deals > Company Deals" gives access to data on company level to equity deals, IPO's, new share issues, mergers and acquisitons and syndicated loans. 
Coverage: covers deals from 2010 and to present

The module "Market Views > Deal Activity" gives a more compehensive overview of the activities within  "M&A, Equity, Bonds and Loans", You can find data on global and regional level and on industry level.
Coverage: contains data 3 years back in time.

The "Screening & Analysis" tab: here you can do more specialized searching:
Screening & Analysis > Deals &League Tables >  Advanced Search. Then select the "All Mergers and Acquisitions Database" and tick Continue:

In Eikon you find data related to company transactions worldwide such as IPOs, mergers, corporate restructuring and joint ventures.
Content: covering over 1.1 million deals worldwide since the 1970s with daily updates.

Two tools to search for deals data:

  • Eikon desktop: search for company specific deals, IPO's, new share issues, mergers and acquisitions and syndicated loans.
    Search hint: Enter the company name in the search box and choose Events > Company Deals 
  • Eikon Excel Add-in: you can get an a general overview by using the Deals Screener located on the center left of the Excel Menu bar.
    League tables: ready-made deals data that express ranking, market share, M&A Ran Value, deal count and year over year analytics
    Volume analysis:


MA<GO> is the Bloomberg shortcut code for mergers & acquisitions data. You will use this function within Bloomberg to screen for M&A deals. You can use up to 20 variables to screen for deals.

Type: MA and press [GO]
Enter: region, industry, deal size and deal type
You can also screen for M&A deals with PE or VC involvement.

Click on 91) Advanced search:

  • Click on 11) Date Range under the Deal Criteria category
  • Click on 13) Deal Status under the Deal Criteria category
  • Click on 22) Public/Private under the Company Universe category
  • Click on 23) Region/Country under the Company Universe category 
  • Click on 24) SIC Code under the Company Universe category
  • Click on 5) Deal List at the top of the screen for a list of search results
  • Click on 92) Actions at the top of the screen. Select Output then Excel to download the M&A data

Bloomberg M&A Individual Company Search:
enter the company name or ticker symbol in the search box on the M&A main page


contains a separate module - "Deals" - which is available through  "Databases".
Content: data and news on mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture finance, ”private placements”, IPOs and more.
Search hint: find the information by "Deals (Browse)" or by ”Refine Deals”.
You have also access to reports on M&A activities within specific industries and countries. 

You have also access to reports on M&A activities within specific industries and countries.
Choose Dashboard and Click on country from the charts or Use the refinement filters to deep dive

This database provides you with articles, news and more on company deals, mergers etc.
Search hint: Underneath the Subject-item you find a specific topic on M&A: Subject > Corporate/Industrial News > Ownership Changes > Acquisitions/Mergers/Takeovers.
Try also to search for mergers in the Look-up function.

SEC Mergers (US): 
The merger & acquisition industry is regulated by the U.S. Securties & Exchange Commission (SEC). The forms that are required to be filed are described here

  • Guide to SEC Filings
    This guide by ThomsonReuters gives good descriptions of the various Securities and Exchange (SEC) filings required by the government for mergers and acquisitions
  • SEC - Forms List 
    This page provides links to PDF versions of SEC public forms and many of the rules, regulations, and schedules associated with these forms.
  • Edgar
    Search by company name for SEC filings related to mergers, such as forms S-4, 14D9,14D6, and 8-K, from 1993 to present.

M&A overviews and league tables

League Tables are periodic rankings of M&A activity. They usually rank the largest deals and the firms involved in the deals

Thomson One Banker:
allows you to search on any number of criteria and create customized league tables based on your search results
Search hint: select e.g. Screening & Analysis > Deals & League Tables > M&A > Search Library

in this database you can find predefined league tables on M&A and you can make your own tables within "Volume and value tables", "Advisor league tables" and "Company league tables"