The Crown of Thorns


Publisher:Ballantine Books


Total Pages:448



Books Description:

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Grisham meets Ludlum on Wall Street . . . a fast-paced roller coaster of love and lust, murder and betrayal, politics and business.”—USA Today “Entertaining and energetic . . . superbly taut . . . Frey keeps up the suspense right to the end.”—Financial Times Investment banker Andrew Falcon is spearheading the biggest hostile takeover in Wall Street history—and counting on a staggering five-million-dollar fee if he can pull it off. But Falcon doesn't realize that he has stumbled onto the secret power of a shadowy organization known only as The Sevens. He discovers a scheme so interwoven in financial and political sabotage, so vast and brilliantly designed, that it staggers the imagination. His only chance to stop it depends on taking overwhelming risks—and learning which of the two beautiful women in his life can be trusted. Andrew Falcon's struggle for survival begins as he tries to outwit his betrayers—and a hidden enemy whose hatred is implacable.

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Author:Lisa Black

Publisher:Harper Collins


Total Pages:384



Books Description:

In the tradition of Kathy Reichs and Jeffery Deaver, a talented novelist introduces a gutsy forensic investigator caught in the middle of an explosive crisis Early one Thursday morning, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is called to the scene of a gruesome murder. The body of a man has been found on the front lawn of a house in suburban Cleveland, the back of his head bashed in. Although it's not the best start to her day, Theresa has been through worse. What unfolds during the next eight hours, though, is nothing she could ever have imagined. Downtown at the Federal Reserve Bank, her police detective fiancé is taken hostage with six others in a robbery masterminded by two clever criminals. When she arrives at the scene, Theresa discovers that the police have brought in the city's best hostage negotiator: handsome, high-profile Chris Cavanaugh. He hasn't lost a victim yet, but Theresa wonders if he might be too arrogant to save the day this time around. When her fiancé is injured, she seizes the opportunity to trade places with him. Once on the inside, she will use all her wiles, experience, and technical skills to gain control of the situation. But what initially appears to be a bank heist turns into something far more complex and deadly, and Theresa must decide how much more she is willing to sacrifice in order to save the lives of innocent people as well as her own.


Author:Donald Critchlow,W.J. Rorabaugh

Publisher:Open Road Media


Total Pages:272



Books Description:

“How did liberals get to be the way they are today?” That’s the question many Americans are asking as they witness the efforts of the most left-wing president in American history. At last, historians Donald T. Critchlow and W. J. Rorabaugh supply the answer. As the authors show, it is a mistake to see the Obama administration’s agenda as a single man’s vision. Equally flawed, they reveal, is the now-common argument that today’s liberalism is simply a continuation of early-twentieth-century progressivism. Today’s Left has embraced a more radical vision for transformative change: to remake all aspects of American life. Takeover delineates the sharp break in the history of modern liberalism that began in the 1960s. Critchlow and Rorabaugh show how leftists in pursuit of “social justice” went from protest rallies to the halls of power by rewriting the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating rules for their own benefit and using the courts to advance their radical agenda. The authors masterfully connect the dots in America’s recent history, showing the close links among such seemingly unrelated causes as radical environmentalism, nationalized health care, class warfare, abortion rights, feminism, regulating the free market, assisted suicide, sex education, and energy policies to reduce consumption. Takeover is a bold revisionist history that completely reshapes our understanding of the current political crisis.


Author:Domingo Morel

Publisher:Oxford University Press


Total Pages:224



Books Description:

State takeovers of local governments have garnered national attention of late, particularly following the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In most U.S. cities, local governments are responsible for decisions concerning matters such as the local water supply and school affairs. However, once a state takes over, this decision-making capability is shuttled. Despite the widespread attention that takeovers in Flint and Detroit have gained, we know little about how such takeovers--a policy option that has been in use since the 1980s--affect political power in local communities. By focusing on takeovers of local school districts, this book offers the first systematic study of state takeovers of local governments. Although many major U.S. cities have experienced state takeovers of their local school districts, we know little about the political causes and consequences of takeovers. Complicating this phenomenon are the justifications for state takeokers; while they are assumedly based on concerns with poor academic performance, questions of race and political power play a critical role in the takeover of local school districts. However, Domingo Morel brings clarity to these questions and limitations--he examines the factors that contribute to state takeovers as well as the effects and political implications of takeovers on racialized communities, the communities most often affected by them. Morel both lays out the conditions under which the policy will disempower or empower racial and ethnic minority populations, and expands our understanding of urban politics. Morel argues that state interventions are a part of the new normal for cities and offers a novel theoretical framework for understanding the presence of the state in America's urban areas. The book is built around an original study of nearly 1000 school districts, including every school district that has been taken over by their respective state, and a powerful case study of Newark, New Jersey.

Chinese Capital Market Takeover and Restructuring Guide

Author:Chengwei Liu

Publisher:Kluwer Law International B.V.


Total Pages:536



Books Description:

Although several useful entry guides to China for business investors have appeared in recent years, this is the first book to focus on a business strategy that is becoming increasingly important – and attractive – to businesses in China: the takeover and restructuring of a listed company. This practice orientated book has an additional value, moreover, in that it fully takes into account not only the relevant regulations, most of which were promulgated or updated from 2005 to 2010, but also the actual structures and procedures of nearly ninety announced deals, right up to September 2010. In unprecedented details, the author, an experienced M&A lawyer, describes China specific takeover and restructuring cases involving foreign investors as well as state-owned shareholders on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and ‘ChiNext’. The presentation and analysis covers such elements as the following: the standard bids, such as tender offers, negotiated transfers, indirect takeovers and subscriptions for new shares; the special accesses available to a foreign investor such as qualifying as a ‘strategic investor’ or ‘qualified foreign institutional investor’ (QFII); the particular situations where ‘state-owned shareholder’ (SS) is involved or where a share exchange occurs, including where a foreign investor subscribes by injecting, or acquires indirectly via, its ‘onshore foreign invested enterprise’; the basic restructuring approaches of a listed company – public offering and private placement; and the full meaning and significance of the ‘substantial asset restructuring’ (SAR), which may be asset purchases, disposals or swaps, or the SAR in special cases – merger or separation deals. The author’s illustration of deal structures and step-by-step procedures, visualized in over 150 charts and checklists, gives the reader a clear path to follow through what can seem like a forbiddingly difficult process – a path rendered more secure by the deal histories presented. For companies with operations in China, or considering such operations, as well as professionals advising on these companies, this book is a goldmine of crucially valuable information and guidance. There is nothing else available that comes close to its authority or expertise in this area.

Corporate Takeover Targets

Author:Hicham Meghouar

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons


Total Pages:240



Books Description:

The term “takeover”, of which the first form is mergers and acquisitions (M&A), refers to the transfer of control of a business from one group of shareholders to another. Considering the importance of this issue and the real drives behind takeovers, it has become imperative to identifying companies that are vulnerable to takeover by two types: tender offer and exchange offer. This book thus presents the legal aspects, the theoretical justifications and the empirical contributions of takeovers, and analyzes the economic and financial characteristics of targets in order to assess the probability of being acquired. An empirical approach based on two quantitative studies is then applied to the European market, which is still virgin territory in terms of academic research. Finally, acquisition probability models have been developed and they have a 72% forecast accuracy average rate of targets. Corporate Takeover Targets is aimed at students and researchers in economic and management, as well as M&A consultants.


Author:Charlie Savage

Publisher:Little, Brown


Total Pages:416



Books Description:

In 1789, the Founding Fathers came up with a system of checks and balances to keep kingly powers out of the hands of American presidents. But in the 1970s and '80s, a faction of Republican loyalists, outraged by the fall of the imperial presidency after Watergate and the Vietnam War, abandoned conservatives' traditional suspicion of concentrated government power. These men hatched a plot that would allow the White House to return to, or even surpass, the virtually unchecked powers that Richard Nixon had briefly tried to wield. Congress would be defanged, and the commander-in-chief would be able to assert a unilateral dominance both at home and abroad. Today, this plot is coming to fruition. As Takeover reveals, the Bush-Cheney administration has succeeded in seizing vast powers for the presidency by throwing off many of the restraints placed upon it by Congress, the courts, and the Constitution. This timely book unveils the secret machinations behind the headlines, explaining the links between warrantless wiretapping and the President Bush's Supreme Court nominees, between the torture debate and the secrecy surrounding Vice President Cheney's energy task force, and between the "faith-based initiative" and the holding of US citizens without trial as "enemy combatants." It tells, for the first time, the full story of a hidden agenda three decades in the making, laying out how a group of true believers set out to establish monarchical executive powers that, in the words of one conservative critic, "will lie around like a loaded weapon" ready to be picked up by any future president. Brilliantly reported and deftly told, Takeover is a searing investigation into how the constitutional balance of our democracy is in danger of being permanently altered. For anyone who cares about America's past, present, and future, it is essential reading.

Corporate Takeover Law and Management Discipline

Author:Francis A Okanigbuan Jnr



Total Pages:202



Books Description:

This book examines the effectiveness of corporate takeovers. The dominant ideologies of corporate takeovers include synergistic gains and its managerial disciplinary role. These dominant themes are being undermined by the challenges of costly acquisitions. The UK Takeover Code is a regulatory response to the role of managers of target companies only. Also, the regulatory framework for takeovers in the United States is largely focused on target companies. The book demonstrates that managements can influence the role of takeovers, thereby undermining its synergistic and disciplinary values. Presenting an identification and evaluation of the limits of current regulatory and judicial control over the role of management during takeovers in the UK and the US -Delaware, it will identify the relevance of institutional control as an effective mechanism for addressing the challenges of managerial influence over takeover functions. It will also identify how the role of managements can be addressed with the complementary benefit to shareholder and employee interests; thereby challenging the shareholder/ stakeholder primacy debate in corporate law, particularly in relation to takeovers. This book will be essential reading for scholars and students interested in the market for corporate control, corporate law and company law.

Corporate Argumentation in Takeover Bids

Author:Rudi Palmieri

Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company


Total Pages:274



Books Description:

This volume systematically investigates the role of argumentation in takeover bids. The announcement of these financial proposals triggers an argumentative situation, in which both the economic desirability and the social acceptability of the deal become argumentative issues for different classes of stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers, etc.). The study focuses on the strategic maneuvers that corporate directors deploy in order to persuade their audiences while complying with precise regulatory requirements, designed to allow shareholders to make reasonable decisions. A conceptual reframing of takeovers as an argumentative context brings to light the different argumentative situations of friendly and hostile bids. The argumentative strategies that corporate directors adopt in the two situations are identified and analyzed on the basis of a corpus of takeover documents referring to offers launched in the UK market between 2006 and 2010. The argumentative reconstruction focuses in particular on the inferential configuration of arguments, which is accomplished by means of the Argumentum Model of Topics (AMT). This kind of analysis enables capturing the inherently argumentative processes through which information becomes a relevant starting point for investment decisions.

Surviving a Takeover: the Human Factor

Author:Richard E. Whitman



Total Pages:110



Books Description:

When you hear “takeover” you likely think: Will I still have a job? Will I have to move? What changes will the new owners implement? But while takeovers are a time of transition, they don’t have to be scary—and in fact, they can actually jumpstart your career and leave you in a better position than you were in before. Richard E. Whitman, who has gone through dozens of takeovers during a forty-year career in high technology, explains how in this guide to navigating change in the workplace. Learn how to: —prepare for an impending acquisition; —avoid behaviors that will raise a red flag for new owners and managers; —determine your value to the new management team; and —decide quickly whether to adapt to change or leave. The author also examines why takeovers occur, who benefits, and the psychological turmoil that often goes along with answering to a new owner and perhaps having a new boss. Many employees worry about takeovers, but they can result in huge opportunities. Find out how to improve your prospects for success in this essential guide to surviving a takeover.

The Art of Hostile Takeover Defence

Author:Jeannette Gorzala

Publisher:Igel Verlag


Total Pages:68



Books Description:

The market for corporate control had been the playfield of bust-up artists and speculators seeking short-time profits during the 1980s. This had also encouraged many innovations in the art of hostile takeover defence. Until today anti-takeover defence has reached a very sophisticated level and most companies have erected formidable defences to counter aggressive corporate raiders. With her book Jeanette Gorzala provides a global perspective on hostile take-over defence during the latest merger wave. The focus lies on firstly determining the most common anti-takeover defence strategies and then in a second step evaluating their effectiveness to ward off corporate raiders. For this purpose the underlying concepts of the formal theory are presented in order to serve as a fundamental basis for an empirical study. In order to underline the theory with empirical evidence a sample of 335 hostile takeover bids launched in the timeframe from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2008 has been analyzed. The key findings of the study are presented along two vital research questions reflecting the purpose of this book.

The nature of informed option trading: Evidence from the takeover market

Author:Marco Klapper

Publisher:Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)


Total Pages:70



Books Description:

This study examines the kind of information ‘informed’ traders have prior to a takeover announcement using options of target firms and elaborates on the cross-sectional relationship between options and stocks around takeover announcements. Financial markets are driven by information and by individuals that generate, process, and disclose this information to the market. Naturally, there have to be individuals who possess more information about a firm or a future event than other market participants. Mergers and acquisitions are particularly interesting events in this regard because they can have significant implications for the firms and stakeholders involved, as well as for the competitive dynamics in the respective market. Because of the large potential price impact of such transactions, traders with private information about a prospective takeover are expected to trade on this information to make a profit. But who are these ‘informed traders’ and what kind of information do they possess? This study tries to give a respond to this question.

Outcomes of the State Takeover of New Orleans Schools

Author:Dr. Barbara Ferguson

Publisher:Dorrance Publishing


Total Pages:122



Books Description:

Outcomes of the State Takeover of New Orleans Schools By: Dr. Barbara Ferguson In 2005 the Louisiana education board took over 107 of New Orleans’s 120 schools due to performance scores below the state average. Most of the schools were converted to charter schools. Although this takeover was perceived by the public to be a great success, Dr. Barbara Ferguson, a product of the New Orleans public school system herself, looks at the inequalities that resulted from the takeover. While public schools were required to educate all at-risk youth, the charter schools were able to expel or remove many of them, denying opportunities to many young people. Dr. Ferguson provides recommendations for how to move forward by keeping what works and focusing on implementing policies based upon sound research on how students learn.

Hostile Takeover

Author:Stan Yocum



Total Pages:390



Books Description:

What if you came up with an incredibly brilliant idea? And then you developed your idea into a one-of-kind product and founded a very successful company around it. But then a high-powered individual comes along and says he wants to buy your company and you had better sell, or else! Meet Jason Chappell, a young engineer who has designed a revolutionary electric car that could save America from financial chaos caused from the inflation of crude oil prices beyond levels ever experienced. However, Ethan Gantry, the infamous King of Takeovers and a billionaire many times over, wants Jasons company, in addition to owning the next President of the United States, all in an attempt to inflate his substantial wealth. And Gantry is willing to do whatever it takes to attain both a president and Jasons company. The presidential hopeful is more than willing to go along with Gantrys strategies to attain the oval office. Jason, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with Gantry and fights the mega mogul to save his company - and his life.

The Silent Takeover

Author:Noreena Hertz

Publisher:Random House


Total Pages:320



Books Description:

The way we are governed is changing; so is our economy. Government has less and less power to influence how we live our lives, while the private sector has more power than ever to control what we do and what we think. Yet the business pages of the newspapers still come as a supplement, while the activities of governments dominate the front pages and the headlines. To understand the new world in which we are living, we need to learn to challenge long-held assumptions about the nature of power in society; The Silent Takeover is an essential guide to that new understanding as we progress through the 21st century: a time in which we can no longer rely on politicians - of whatever stripe - to meet our needs; a time in which business, rather than political parties, offers the way forward; a time in which we can make more of an impact through our pockets than we have ever done through the ballot box. In the wake of an economic recession, Hertz's eye-opening book reveals much about early 21st century politics and its effects on society.

Hostile Takeover

Author:S. Andrew Swann



Total Pages:976



Books Description:

Now in an omnibus edition, the Hostile Takeover trilogy introduces a planet where the only laws are those of self-preservation and profit. Bakunin is a world with a law unto itself—the only human-colonized planet that has consistently refused to join the Terran Confederacy or permit any form of organized government to take root. When the TEC, the covert operations and enforcement branch of the Confederacy, decides to do something about Bakunin, Colonel Klaus Dacham is the man they put in charge. His opening target is Dominic Magnus, the head of Godwin Arms and Armament. Though Dom loses the first battle, he, his allies, and his surviving employees carefully plan their own return strike. Until they receive a desperate message from one of their own, revealing what the TEC is really up to on Bakunin. Suddenly, the stakes are far beyond personal revenge. Bakunin is about to become an unwitting pawn in a Confederacy-wide power struggle. And to the mastermind behind the entire plan, it doesn’t really matter whether anyone on the planet is left alive at the end of it—so long as TEC achieves its goal.

China On The Eve Of Communist Takeover

Author:A. Doak Barnett



Total Pages:384



Books Description:

This book attempts to illuminate some of the trends and conditions in China just prior to, and at the time of the Communist takeover. The conditions that existed just prior to 1949 provided the immediate starting point, the base line, from which the Chinese Communists, once in power, embarked upon their tremendous political, economic, and social t

The Communist Takeover of Hangzhou

Author:James Z. Gao

Publisher:University of Hawaii Press


Total Pages:350



Books Description:

Existing literature on the Chinese Revolution takes into account the influence of peasant society on Mao’s ideas and policies but rarely discusses a reverse effect of comparable significance: namely, how peasant cadres were affected by the urban environment into which they moved. In this detailed examination of the cultural dimension of regime change in the early years of the Revolution, James Gao looks at how rural-based cadres changed and were changed by the urban culture that they were sent to dominate. He investigates how Communist cadres at the middle and lower levels left their familiar rural environment to take over the city of Hangzhou and how they consolidated political control, established economic stability, developed institutional reforms, and created political rituals to transform the urban culture. His book analyzes the interplay between revolutionary and non-revolutionary culture with respect to the varying degrees with which they resisted and adapted to each other. It reveals the essential role of cultural identity in legitimizing the new regime and keeping its revolutionary ideal alive.

Mia's Life: Fan Takeover!

Author:Mia Fizz

Publisher:Sourcebooks, Inc.


Total Pages:176



Books Description:

Based on the life of IRL YouTube sensation Mia Fizz, FAN TAKEOVER is the first in a new series that takes you behind the camera and into the world of a social media star! Famous YouTuber Mia Fizz has two problems: one, she needs to shake up the content on her channel. Two, her little sister Sienna's birthday is just days away, and she hasn't found the perfect present for a viral birthday reveal. In need of inspo, Mia turns to her beloved fans. It's time for a fan takeover! Each day Mia will have to do one thing her fans choose. Things get complicated when Mia's followers challenge her to try something that's way outside her comfort zone—and she meets a cute guy in the process. Her fans pose a scary idea: what if Mia talks to him? Embarrassing moments, hilarious vids, and fan encounters ensue ... but will any of these wild challenges help Mia figure out what to get Sienna for her birthday?

The Ten-Day Baby Takeover

Author:Karen Booth



Total Pages:192



Books Description:

A billionaire's baby deal! One look into his infant son's trusting blue gaze and Aiden Langford knows his wild, carefree days are over. If only he can get Sarah Daltrey, his son's temporary guardian, to give him daddy lessons… Certainly the soft-hearted entrepreneur will agree to his ten-day proposal to stay as the nanny. Aiden just needs to keep his mind on parenting and off Sarah's seductive curves… Being in the handsome tycoon's arms puts up Sarah's emotional defenses even as her body begs her to let go. But being a babysitter with benefits isn't on her agenda—especially for a father and son who might steal her heart…