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What should the UK do about foreign takeovers?


London Business School Review



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Higson C


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The UK has always held a wide open door to foreign takeovers. In the UK takeover policy is laissez-faire and decisions about takeovers are believed to be for the shareholders alone. When the UK was one of the biggest beasts in global acquisitions the open-door philosophy suited it. However the tide has sharply reversed and since 2004 the inflow of acquisition capital to the UK has significantly exceeded the outflow.

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