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Reference no. 108-035-1
Nusrat Jahan (Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB))
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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a big part of the corporate finance world. With the globalisation of the world economy many companies find that the best way to get ahead is to expand operations and remain competitive through mergers and acquisitions. Every day, investment bankers arrange M&A transactions, which bring separate companies together to form larger ones. This article mainly focuses on a successful case of acquisition of Abbey by Banco Santander. Spanish Bank - Banco Santander acquires the UK bank Abbey National in November 2004 after a friendly takeover bid approved by the boards of both banks. The acquisition of Abbey is the largest cross-border operation in the history of European retail banking. This acquisition has transformed the Group Santander''s business profile, the growth expectations, the range and volume of market capitalisation. This article, in light of this case situation, examines the motives behind this acquisition, the realistic benefits and cost associated with the whole process and its impact on the financial performance and the stock market.


Merger; Acquisition; Banco Santander; Abbey National; Takeover; United Kingdom; Spain; Financial market; Synergy

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