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Adecco SA's Acquisition of Olsten Corp. (201-015)

By Simi Kedia and Peter Tufano


In the summer of 1999, Adecco SA, one of the world's leading staffing companies, was in the midst of attempting to acquire the staffing operations of Olsten Corp., a U.S. firm. This case analyzes the economics of the staffing industry, basic valuation, cross-border issues including tax arbitrage, valuation of minority interest, and the importance of financial health in merger negotiations

Publisher: Harvard Business Review
Year: 2001
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