The acquisition of or merger with another company could add considerable value to your company. Warning: things are not always what they seem. The elimination of overlapping services or the results of combining like synergies often fail to materialize. The acquiring company may only be interested in the bottom line at the expense of the target company. A great deal of due diligence is needed to ensure that the acquired company is who it says it is and can do what it says it can do. The corporate culture also can give warning signs that it may not be compatible and cause headaches down the road. The acquisition of a bankrupt company may or may not be a good deal. Alliances should also be considered since they offer many benefits such as helping penetrate new markets and sharing risk.