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Using a large sample of post-2001 mergers, we show that three components of targets' intellectual property account for 25% to 33% of merger value creation. In particular, we show that R&D, Technology, and Trademarks generate greater synergies than acquired net tangible assets and goodwill. We also find that acquiring targets' customer bases is associated with lower synergies and that acquirers overpay for goodwill. Our findings are robust to using conventional and novel wealth effect estimates.doi:10.2139/ssrn.3147176 fatcat:nayxttkjtvfzvd2eofitmrzxli