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Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

This is FindLaw's collection of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) articles, part of the Corporate Governance section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Typical M&A work involves advising on selling, combining, and acquiring businesses. Large firms often focus on public M&A, advising either the buyer or seller in a transaction involving a public company. This area of corporate law routinely provides the biggest deals, often crosses international borders, and can involve cash and/or stock considerations. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

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Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Articles

  • M&A Mania: Boom or Bust? Part I

    I am by training a mergers and acquisition (M & A) lawyer. I love what I do. I enjoy the clients I work with and the challenge of the deals. That is my bias up front. Hopefully, it is also a valid basis for my perspective from the inside, so to ...

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  • Exclusivity from the Seller's Perspective

    Private equity buyers traditionally attach a lot of importance to proprietary deals or to getting exclusivity. Learn more about exclusivity from the seller's perspective in this article.

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  • Strategic Alliance as a Prelude to Merger

    Merger mania is back - in the U.S., in Europe and in Canada. Law firm merger evaluation and analysis is once again a fast-growing area of the law. This article will demonstrate how well-managed strategic alliances provide a way to test the potential synergies which might emerge, with the tacit understanding that a merger might follow in the future.

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  • Mergers & Acquisitions: A Strategy for High Technology Companies

    Table of Contents Why Do Companies Acquire Other Companies? What Creates Value in an Acquisition? What Destroys Value in an Acquisition? Why Do Some Acquisitions Fail? Acquisition vs. IPO Positioning TechCo to Be Acquired When Should TechCo ...

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  • An Efficient Solution for M&A

    Many corporations that deal with M&A transactions are looking for new solutions that create both process and cost efficiencies. The need to review large volumes of contracts in tight timeframes strains internal legal teams and inhibits their ability ...

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  • Counsel's Opinion on Antitrust Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions

    When a merger or acquisition has been proposed, corporate counsel should analyze the deal for its antitrust implications. This should be done without delay because of the need to pre-notify the federal government of certain mergers. Familiarity ...

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  • Plain English Comes to M & A Disclosure

    Originally Published in April 1999, M&A LawyerBy Glasser LegalWorks Merger and acquisition lawyers were not certain what to expect when the Securities and Exchange Commission began applying its plain English rules to registration statements on Form ...

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  • Due Diligence In Acquiring A Franchise

    In this era in which our economy is dominated by large business concerns having the ability to realize profits through potent marketing, high volume sales and low margins, one of the most effective ways for the individual small entrepreneur to ...

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  • Speed Is King: Pointers and Pitfalls on Sponsor-Led Tender Offers

    Courtesy of The M&A Lawyer . Subscribe now to get timely, in-depth coverage of Mergers and Acquisitions legal news. The desire to close transactions as quickly as possible has led to an increase in the number of private equity transactions ...

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  • Outsouring: M&A in Drag

    "Marriage, a.k.a. outsourcing, is significantly different from a one-night stand," says Richard Austin, chief legal counsel of EDS Canada Inc. Obvious? There are a few Bay Street lawyers who disagree. Sure, for the latter, once "the deed" is done ...

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