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World's 1st 'clicks and mortar' mega merger?
In this competitive environment, one of the ways to keep a business afloat is through mergers and acquisitions. But not all mergers have yielded good results. Take the Rediff Business Quiz and find out how much you know about mergers and acquisitions.

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1. Which mega merger created the world's first 'clicks and mortar' company?
a) Mannesmann and Vodafone AirTouch
b) America Online and Time Warner
c) MCI Worldcomm and Sprint

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Wrong! The correct answer is America Online and Time Warner.
America Online and Time Warner merger is billed as the biggest deal in history, which created a company worth $350 billion. America Online or AOL is into development of the Internet as a commercial proposition and is one of the richest and most valuable Internet companies. Time Warner Inc. is the world's leading media and entertainment company, whose businesses include filmed entertainment, interactive services, television networks, cable systems and publishing.
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America Online and Time Warner merger is billed as the biggest deal in history, which created a company worth $350billion. America Online or AOL is into development of the Internet as a commercial proposition and is one of the richest and most valuable Internet companies. Time Warner Inc. is the world's leading media and entertainment company, whose businesses include filmed entertainment, interactive services, television networks, cable systems and publishing.

2. RIL, RPL merger created a mega company worth..
a) $11 billion
b) $15 billion
c) $13 billion

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Wrong! The correct answer is $11 billion.
The merger of Reliance Industries and Reliance Petroleum Ltd -- the largest in Indian corporate history – created a $ 11bn mega company. It created India's largest private sector company on all financial parameters, including sales, assets, net worth, cash profits and net profits. Accounting and auditing firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and SB Billimoria, a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International, were joint valuers of the merger and JM Morgan Stanley was the financial adviser.
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The merger of Reliance Industries and Reliance Petroleum Ltd -- the largest in Indian corporate history – created a $ 11bn mega company. It created India's largest private sector company on all financial parameters, including sales, assets, net worth, cash profits and net profits. Accounting and auditing firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and SB Billimoria, a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International, were joint valuers of the merger and JM Morgan Stanley was the financial adviser.

3. Which of the two arch rivals are planning a merger?
a) United Airlines and US Airways
b) Air New Zealand and Qantas
c) Northeast and Delta

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Wrong! The correct answer is Air New Zealand and Qantas.
Australia's Qantas wants to buy up to 22.5 per cent of Air NZ for $550 million. The carriers wanted to then jointly control all their flights to, from and within New Zealand. However, the deal is yet to get any approval and is still languishing in court. New Zealand Commerce Commission denied the airlines' alliance application on the grounds that it was too anti-competitive and would cost the public $195 million by the third year.
On May 19, 1972, US President Robert Nixon approved the Northeast-Delta merger and Northeast was absorbed by Delta on August 1, 1972. The US Airways deal collapsed in mid-2001, due to lack of support from the US government and employees.
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Australia's Qantas wants to buy up to 22.5 per cent of Air NZ for $550 million. The carriers wanted to then jointly control all their flights to, from and within New Zealand. However, the deal is yet to get any approval and is still languishing in court. New Zealand Commerce Commission denied the airlines' alliance application on the grounds that it was too anti-competitive and would cost the public $195 million by the third year.
On May 19, 1972, US President Robert Nixon approved the Northeast-Delta merger and Northeast was absorbed by Delta on August 1, 1972. The US Airways deal collapsed in mid-2001, due to lack of support from the US government and employees.

4. This merger will create the world's 5th largest brewer….
a) Sichuan Lanjian Group and SAB International Vintage
b) Coors and Molson
c) Boydell&Brewer and Ross

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Wrong! The correct answer is Coors and Molson.
America's Adolph Coors Co and Canada's Molson Inc. agreed to a merger that would create the world's fifth largest brewer by volume. The new Molson Coors Brewing Company, created from Canada's largest brewer and the third biggest in the United States will create a new brewing giant with $6 billion in sales. The company will have executive headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and in Montreal. Beer companies Sichuan Lanjian Group, China Resources Holding Co and SAB International Vintage Group merger is expected to end the cut-throat competition among small beer producers in China. No merger between Boydell &Brewer and Ross were ever planned.
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America's Adolph Coors Co and Canada's Molson Inc. agreed to a merger that would create the world's fifth largest brewer by volume. The new Molson Coors Brewing Company, created from Canada's largest brewer and the third biggest in the United States will create a new brewing giant with $6 billion in sales. The company will have executive headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and in Montreal. Beer companies Sichuan Lanjian Group, China Resources Holding Co and SAB International Vintage Group merger is expected to end the cut-throat competition among small beer producers in China. No merger between Boydell &Brewer and Ross were ever planned.

5. Australian company Expert Info merged with which Indian firm?
a) Satyam
b) Wipro
c) Infosys

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Wrong! The correct answer is Infosys.
In 2003, Expert Information Services merged with Infosys in Australia to form Infosys Technologies Australia (Infosys Australia). Expert founder and CEO Gary Ebeyan became CEO of Infosys Australia, which at the time of merger had a combined workforce of over 550 employees made up predominantly of Expert's 350 strong staff. Globally, Infosys Technologies is a world leader in offering global delivery of IT to clients with close to 20,000 staff in over 30 offices worldwide. The merger meant that local clients will have access to Infosys' Global Delivery Model, coupled with Expert's unrivalled technical capability.
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In 2003, Expert Information Services merged with Infosys in Australia to form Infosys Technologies Australia (Infosys Australia). Expert founder and CEO Gary Ebeyan became CEO of Infosys Australia, which at the time of merger had a combined workforce of over 550 employees made up predominantly of Expert's 350 strong staff. Globally, Infosys Technologies is a world leader in offering global delivery of IT to clients with close to 20,000 staff in over 30 offices worldwide. The merger meant that local clients will have access to Infosys' Global Delivery Model, coupled with Expert's unrivalled technical capability.

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