Three's A Crowd

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Trying to cobble together a trio of companies in one coordinated merger can create major problems and attract a slew of rivals. With many global natural resources giants hungry for rapid growth in an environment of rising prices, however, the appeal of the three-way merger seems not yet dead.

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Three's a Crowd
Phelps Dodge's attempt to merge with a pair of other companies — again — shows why such triple plays are rare.


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Three-Way: The Morning After
Phelps Dodge's failed menage a trois with Inco and Falconbridge made all three companies look attractive to other suitors. Here's the latest on who's chasing whom.
Another Metals Merger, Troika-Style
If the tough task of assembling a three-way deal benefits from simplicity and an absence of competing bids, the aluminum giant bolted together by Russia and two of its billionaires may shine.

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