Infographic: 4 Main Types of M&As

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are best viewed as a spectrum, where one end is a company completely absorbing the other and at the other end two very equal entities joining forces. However, in reality, the latter rarely happens. Usually, one entity has some degree of an upper hand during the M&A negotiation process.

There are four primary types of M&As, which can be categorized. Based on the nature of the deal negotiated and the relationship between the businesses involved. Each of those categories can be spun off into myriad other types.

The infographic below features the main types and some common sin-off structures as well.

M&A types

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