Books About Mergers and Acquisitions

books about mergers and acquisitions


If you’re interested in learning more about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and want to gain valuable insights from experts in the field, there are several books that can provide you with the knowledge you need. Whether you’re a business owner looking to grow and expand through acquisitions or an entrepreneur looking to buy an existing business, these books offer practical advice and strategies to help you navigate the complex world of M&A. In this article, we will explore five books that cover various aspects of buying a business and successfully negotiating acquisitions.

1. “The Complete Guide to Buying a Business” by Fred Steingold J.D.

Written by Fred Steingold, an experienced Michigan attorney who specializes in representing small businesses, “The Complete Guide to Buying a Business” offers a comprehensive overview of the buying process for small businesses. Steingold provides concrete examples and covers topics such as financing, negotiating, comparisons of entities, and standard forms. This book is an excellent resource for anyone looking to purchase a small business and will also help you determine when to seek the assistance of a professional broker or lawyer.

2. “Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game” by Walker Deibel

“Buy Then Build” by Walker Deibel explores the advantages of buying and growing an existing business instead of starting from scratch with a new startup. Deibel, an investor who has co-founded three startups and acquired seven companies, shares his insights on spending less time raising capital, using ownership to achieve financial independence, finding the best opportunities, and working with business brokers. This book is a valuable resource for aspiring acquisition entrepreneurs looking to make smart business decisions.

3. “Buying a Business That Makes You Rich” by John Martinka

With over 20 years of experience as a business buyer advocate, John Martinka shares his expertise in “Buying a Business That Makes You Rich.” This book provides practical insights and methodologies to help you purchase a business smartly, avoid overpaying, and ask the right questions throughout the process. Martinka’s experience shines through as he offers valuable advice on navigating the complexities of buying a business without overwhelming the reader.

4. “How to Buy a Business without Being Had: Successfully Negotiating the Purchase of a Small Business” by Jack Gibson

“How to Buy a Business without Being Had” by Jack Gibson offers case studies, practical advice, and simple terminology to guide readers through the process of purchasing a small business. Gibson, who has over 30 years of experience helping entrepreneurs, emphasizes the importance of effective communication with sellers and brokers and provides tips for avoiding common pitfalls. This book also includes insights from business owners who have learned from their mistakes, making it an invaluable resource for anyone considering buying a business.

5. “HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business: Think Big, Buy Small, Own Your Own Company (HBR Guide Series)” by Richard S. Ruback and Royce Yudkoff

Written by professors at Harvard Business School, “HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business” offers a concise yet thorough resource for entrepreneurs looking to buy a small business. This book covers essential topics that should be discussed with sellers, brokers, and attorneys throughout the buying process. Previously only available to Harvard students, this guide provides valuable insights into entrepreneurship and buying a small business.


If you’re considering buying a business or want to expand your knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, these books offer valuable insights into the process. From understanding the buying process and negotiating deals to avoiding common mistakes, these resources provide practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. Remember, when you feel ready to make a move, Benchmark International can provide you with insider knowledge and connect you with the ideal match for your acquisition or growth plan. Contact them today for personalized assistance.

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If you feel you are ready to buy a business, while these books can be helpful, Benchmark International can help ensure you are making the right move. Our strategists will use our insider knowledge and exclusive databases to connect you with the ideal match for an acquisition or growth plan.

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