Is this the First International Merger Wave?

11 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2000

Date Written: August 2000


This article presents international evidence on takeover activity, and uses that evidence to argue that the current takeover wave can fairly be called the first-ever international merger wave, as much or more than it can be called the fifth U.S. merger wave. I also discuss the factors that contribute to the strength of the current takeover wave and why the takeover boom has engendered so little political concern.

A longer version of this article was published as The First International Merger Wave and the Fifth and Last U.S. Wave, 54 University of Miami Law Review 799-818 (2000), and is available from the Social Science Research Network electronic library at

Suggested Citation

Black, Bernard S., Is this the First International Merger Wave? (August 2000). Available at SSRN: or

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