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In generic sense the term Amalgamation denotes the blending of two or more things into one single unit. The term is generally used to refer to the merger or acquisition (M&A) of two or more corporations into one large corporation. Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) is a phrase used to describe the buying and selling of corporations. In an acquisition one party buys another by acquiring all of its assets. The acquired entity ceases to exist as a corporate body, but the buyer sometimes retains the name of the acquired company, and may use it as its own name. In a merger a new entity is created from the assets of two companies and new stock is issued. Mergers are more common when the parties have similar size and power. A merger suggests mutuality. M&A activity involves both privately held and publicly traded companies. For the merging of schools or regiments the term amalgamation is used.