International Paper: The Aussedat-Rey Acquisition

21 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2009

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Robert S. Harris

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Mark Mead

affiliation not provided to SSRN


International Paper is evaluating entry into European markets via acquisition of Aussedat-Rey, France's second largest paper company. The student is exposed to both strategic and valuation issues as much of the expected value of the takeover involves long-term position in the fast growing European market. The case also provides an opportunity to understand differences in cross-border takeovers as the bid is contested by a French buyer and opposed by French nationalists, thus raising political issues.




The Aussedat-Rey Acquisition

If these takeovers continue like this, there will not be a single French company left which is capable of resisting the weight of money from overseas.... These companies can count on me to put in place a system which will prevent the ruin of the French economy [and] prevent its pillage, especially within the Europe of 1993.

President Francois Mitterrand,

during a nationally televised

. . .

Keywords: communication process, communication strategy

Suggested Citation

Harris, Robert S. and Mead, Mark, International Paper: The Aussedat-Rey Acquisition. Darden Case No. UVA-F-0920, Available at SSRN:

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