One of the things we do with The Global 5000 companies database, is to keep track of the acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies of the companies.  As we have seen, the past couple of years saw a fair number of Chapter 11 reporting.  We are now in a period of IPO filings and a wave of M&A activity.

As we write this, the NYSE and German exchange are holding talks and earlier this month, names involved in new business combinations included:

  • AOL
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Danaher
  • Ensco
  • Kindred Healthcare
  • Newmont Mining
  • Nippon Steel
  • Pride International
  • RehabCare
  • Sumitomo Metal Industries
  • Wesco Financial

These companies span the globe and span a number of industries. If you are watching your markets and have the largest companies in your sites as prospects or you keep a list of them in your CRM system … your world is changing along with these companies.  Who you market to & sell to is changing all the time and you need to adjust along with these markets.