This guide is meant to help you find laws and information on Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) issues; the goal is to provide useful (but not exhaustive) resources. You may also want to review the Library's Guide on Antitrust.
Research requires analysis and synthesis of information, and no one resource will likely provide sufficient information or data on any given topic.
While conducting your research, you may want to explore:
Laws and regulations governing M&A issues
Government agencies controlling M&A issues
Practice and study aids, i.e., M&A treatises
News sources, including blogs
For many of these databases, you will need your Harvard University ID and PIN. For others, you may need to register to gain access. If you have any trouble accessing a database, please contact the library.
Need more one-on-one help?
Email Lisa Lilliott with questions.
Search the entire CFR using terms like "mergers"
Browse these titles related to M&A:
Below are a few common texts on M&A law, but you may want to search Hollis+ for more books about Mergers & Aqcuisitions. If you browse the shelves in Langdell (see call number KF 1655 area for M&A books) and find a book you like, look around it on the shelf. Books are shelved by subject.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are the top two federal agencies involved in reviewing mergers and acquisitions deals in the US. Other agencies may also be involved, depending on the industries impacted.
Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg all have practitioner pages bringing together cases, laws, regulations, and analysis for your research. See the links on the left side of this page to begin there. Other practice aides such as treatises, databases, and library resources can be found here. If you are having trouble finding exactly what you need, or have a question you can't seem to find an answer for, please contact a Research Librarian.
Stay up to date with current events, stories, and thinkers in Mergers & Acquistions.
A Bloomberg Terminal, providing hard financial data, real time news, and current daily stock information, is located near the Reference Desk on the 4th Floor of Langdell Hall. Please email Lisa Lilliott for further assistance. (Access is limited to the Harvard Law School community.)