2015 was a record year for corporate mergers, with huge transaction sums involved in the takeover bids.
Corporate marriages have been facilitated by ultra-cheap credits. This page collates the latest DW content on mergers and acquisitions.
As the German government is trying to prevent German companies in strategic industries from being acquired by foreign investors, especially from China, we take a look at some prominent takeovers from recent years.
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The EU competition authority has agreed to Peugeot PSA's takeover of Germany's Opel, creating Europe's second-largest carmaker after Volkswagen. In March, PSA agreed to buy Opel from General Motors for 2.2 billion euros.
As Chinese firms acquire their foreign counterparts, European lawmakers are putting on the brakes. But can Europe afford to be worried?
German lender Commerzbank is seen leading talks to take over Deutsche Bank's Polish banking operations - mBank. The move would allow DB to raise much-needed cash while reducing its non-core assets.
As ChemChina's acquisition of Switzerland's Syngenta nears completion, many are worried about consolidation in the global seed market. DW talked to Lena Michelsen from INKOTA, an NGO that aims to defeat hunger.
A much anticipated transatlantic merger is finally happening. Industrial gas producers Linde and Praxair have sealed their $73 billion tie-up.
The boards of German company Linde and its US rival Praxair have voted in favor of a tie-up that will create the world's biggest supplier of industrial gases and comes amid a thorough shake-up of the market recently.
Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant and its US rival Huntsman are joining forces in a transatlantic company worth some $20 billion (17.8 billion euros), calling their all-shares tie-up "a merger of equals."
The EU has pinned a 110 million euro fine on Facebook for giving incorrect information about its WhatsApp buyout. Facebook had said it wasn't able to link user accounts -then offered the option in an update.
Business executive Reitzle wants to make Linde the global market leader for natural gas. But the planned merger with US company Praxair hasn’t gone down well with workers. They see it as a take-over by the Americans and they’re worried about jobs.
German engineering giant Siemens has reported an increase in bottom-line earnings for its second fiscal quarter. The company keeps eying a merger of its rail business with that of Canada's Bombardier.
The merger of the two giant companies will create the largest agricultural conglomerate in the world - but environmental activists strongly oppose it.
At Bayer's annual general meeting in Bonn, environmentalists and politicians voiced discontent over the proposed takeover. Both companies have come under fire for substandard ethical and environmental practices.
Bayer is riding high at the moment. First quarter numbers are strong, and sales are up by over 10 percent The German chemicals giant wants to merge with crop science major Monsanto. But will regulators approve the deal?
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