Case | HBS Case Collection | September 1983 (Revised May 1999)

Allen Lane

by Howard H. Stevenson and Michael J. Roberts


Describes Allen Lane's search for a business to buy. The case explores several failed attempts and the ethical, business, and tax issues that surround the acquisition business. Ends with a description of a new acquisition candidate, an independent valuation report of this business, and with Allen Lane preparing his bid.

Keywords: Acquisition; Ethics; Taxation; Failure; Valuation;


Stevenson, Howard H., and Michael J. Roberts. "Allen Lane." Harvard Business School Case 384-077, September 1983. (Revised May 1999.)