Author(s): Beena Saraswathy
Publishers: Routledge, United Kingdom
About the Book
Consolidation activities such as mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have been one of the major strategies adopted by Indian firms to withstand global competition. M&As experienced a substantial increase in value and volume during the post-liberalization era, facilitated by the presence of foreign subsidiaries in the Indian market as well as competitive pressure on domestic firms. The increased foreign investment through M&As brought new dimensions to the fore such as the implications on technological performance, efficiency, and more importantly, competition in the Indian market.
The Globalisation of Indian Business: Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions in Indian Manufacturing provides an in-depth analysis of these issues, specifically aiming to understand whether the M&As strategies helped the firms to achieve their desired objectives in terms of improvement in technology, efficiency and market power in the context of the increase of M&As in India, using appropriate statistical and econometric techniques.
The book is of additional importance in the context of the recently implemented Competition Act, replacing the thirty year old MRTP Act in India. The new Act aims to maintain competition and protect consumers’ interests without harming that of the producers’. Based on the analysis, broadly, the study cautions the regulators to rethink the efficiency defence argument and become more vigilant on the creation of monopolies. On the other side, it suggests firms should reconsider their post-merger integration strategy since consolidation has not led to a sustainable increase in market share of the surviving firms.
About the Author
Beena Saraswathy is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi. She has completed MPhil in Applied Economics and Doctoral Degree in Economics from Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi). Before joining ISID, she had been working with Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and Competition Commission of India (CCI) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Government of India (GOI). Her research interests include market competition, mergers and acquisitions, the pharmaceutical industry, business groups in India and contemporary development issues.
II. Concepts, Evolution and Policy Points
III. Cross-border Deals: Extent, Nature and Structure
IV. M&As and Technological Performance
V. Production Efficiency of Firms with Mergers and Acquisitions
VI. Mergers, Competition and Concentration
VII. The Post Merger Integration: Some Ignored Dimensions
VIII. Conclusions and Policy Implications