Fantasy M&A: What merger or acquisition would you execute if you could?
Given that M&A has seemed to dominate most of the private market activity in 2022, I thought I'd posit this question to the broader Commonstock Universe:

If you could orchestrate a merger between two companies, or the acquisition of one company from another, assuming there are no legal, regulatory, or anti-trust constraints - who would you choose and why?

Personally, I'd like to see $HOOD be acquired by another broker or integrated financial services firm, perhaps someone like $PYPL or $SQ. While the retail trading frenzy has simmered from Q1 '21, I see Robinhood's UI/UX as superior to other trading platforms and a complementary offering found in competing fintechs like $SOFI & $MS (Morgan Stanley/Ameritrade overlap). On the other hand, I can see brokers today acquihiring Robinhood's engineers, or even using Robinhood as a go-to market vector for younger demographics, should they purchase the company. I have no stake in Robinhood today, nor am I a user anymore. However, I, and so many people I know, have begun their investing journey on Robinhood thanks to their ease of onboarding and use.

What do you think? $MNA $ARB
Rihard Jarc's avatar
$AMZN buying $PINS. Seems like a win win for both. Or $GOOGL and $AAPL merging :D :D
Josh Kohn-Lindquist's avatar
It would be fun to see $SHOP expand its partnership with $GLBE and buy them out. Would give them a solid moat and make them an international force.

Also, SHOP buying $DOCN would be interesting, giving them somewhat similar operations as the hyperscalers, but extending Shopify’s SMB focus.
Joshua Simka's avatar
@joryko Great thinking--I absolutely love $SHOP/$DOCN! It would be such an Amazon.com-type move!
Steve Matt's avatar
My favorite is $LULU buying $BIRD.

Also, not an acquisition but I would love to see $YETI and $SONO join forces to make an indestructible, beautiful sounding outdoor speaker.
Dollars and Sense's avatar
I would love to see $CRSR start building a peripherals conglomerate with some acquisitions like $HEAR and $GPRO. To me both companies make sense, have solid brands, and would work really well under one roof.
Conor Mac's avatar
I like the idea of HOOD getting scooped up and cleaned up by some larger fintech business.
Steve Matt's avatar
Maria Gallagher on yesterday’s Motley Fool Money podcast had an interesting idea: $GRPN being acquired by $ABNB or $BKNG. As an Airbnb shareholder, I’d actually be ok with that to help bolster their experiences offerings.

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