Mergers and acquisitions of enterprises and business units play an increasingly important role in Japan and Germany. However, it is still a fact that the merger intensity (measured as the transactions’ overall volume in relation to the a country’s gross national product) is lower than in a lot of other developed countries, for instance the Netherlands, Great Britain and the U.S. The reasons for this can be seen in their different inter-firm relations and management structures. Nevertheless, the Japanese and the German economies are in a phase of drastic changes that is influencing mergers and acquisitions.
This is the starting point for our conference. It deals with the question of to how the latest developments in the legal system, in the capital markets and in bank-firm relationships influence mergers and acquisitions. In pursuing these issues consistent reference will be made to Japan and Germany. The conference is a joint venture between research and business, and aims to
- point out the latest development in the framework for M&A,
- identify the specific characteristics of mergers and acquisition in Japan and Germany
- increase the understanding of these transactions by presenting real cases, and
- contribute to the intensification of German-Japanese exchange.
Decision makers from business and politics, business schools and management science faculty researchers, practitioners from the industryand the mass media.
(The program is subject to change)