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Case Code : BSTR133 Electronic Format: Rs. 500;
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Mergers Acquisition and Takeovers
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 2000 - 2004
Organization : Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, UFJ Holdings
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : Japan
Industry : Banking


The case study gives a detailed account of the attempts made by Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Japan's third largest bank, to acquire UFJ Holdings (UFJ), the fourth largest bank in Japan. The Japanese banking industry has witnessed several major mergers and acquisitions in the past ten years. Though unsuccessful, SMFG's aggressive bid to acquire UFJ marked a new beginning in the tradition bound Japanese corporate world. Finally, Japan's second largest bank, Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group (MTFG) merged with UFJ, to form the largest bank in the world in terms of assets. The case also includes a detailed note on the Japanese banking industry describing the financial problems faced by the Japanese banks in the recent past and the ongoing consolidation in the industry.


Gain insights on the banking industry in Japan

Examine the reasons that led UFJ into financial problems and identify ways to solve them

Explore the reasons that led SMFG to make attempts to acquire UFJ

Critically examine the merger proposals of both SMFG and MTFG to acquire UFJ and draw suitable conclusions

Study the takeover regulations in Japan

Analyze the synergies of the merger between MTFG and UFJ

Examine the drawbacks of the merger between MTFG and UFJ


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
UFJ's Need for a Partner 4
The Offer of SMFG 5
The Synergies 7
The Pitfalls 8
Exhibits 9


Case, UFJ Holdings, Acquisition, Japanese Banking Industry, Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Takeover Regulations in Japan, Top Ten Banks in the World, Merger Integration

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