General Info about Mergers & Acquisitions

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Possible Extra Consultants for the M&A Buyer’s Team

In addition to the common advisors like lawyers and accountants, Buyers in M&A deals may need to enlist the services of additional outside advisors including environmental consultants, database/IT consultants [more…]

The Role of a Business Appraiser in an M&A Deal

Business appraisers are people who offer the service of valuing a business in preparation for an M&A deal. Sometimes this service is offered as part of another advisor’s product offerings; for example, [more…]

Banker Involvement in M&A Deals

The decision to sell a business means the owner eventually has to tell his banker of the M&A transaction or pending transaction. The first step is to review the loan covenants for any guidance as to when [more…]

M&A: There Is No Perfect Company to Buy

Buyers in M&A deals need to take care not to overdefine their acquisition targets. As Buyer, don’t match your search criteria to the absolute perfect company; you won’t find it. Focus is important, of [more…]

M&A Sellers: How to Feel Less Exposed by the Process

Going through an M&A sales process in general, and writing an offering document specifically, can leave Seller feeling extremely exposed. If you’re a Seller or potential Seller, you aren’t alone! And if [more…]

Trust Your M&A Advisors, but Verify Their Work

Advisors are very important to the M&A process, and while most advisors do a fine job, you may run into one who isn’t doing his best.

As an example, a few years ago an investment banker was representing [more…]

Major M&A Errors and How to Avoid Them

As with many industries, the mergers and acquisitions business is full of errant opinions. People who have never done a deal before can’t possibly know what to expect, and as a result, many people harbor [more…]

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Online Resources

All M&A deal-makers need some extra help, so these resources, advisors, and private equity firms may come in handy. [more…]

The Reasons for Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions take place for many strategic business reasons, but the most common reasons for any business combination are economic at their core. Following are some of the various economic [more…]

What Is Mergers and Acquisitions?

M&A stands for mergers and acquisitions. Both a merger and an acquisition are forms of integration between corporations. Mergers and acquisitions aren’t the only types of corporate integration, but the [more…]

Mergers Combine Corporations into New Entities

A merger is really a rather strange thing. A mergeroccurs when two companies become each other or, more specifically, both companies cease to exist and a new company is formed out of the operations of [more…]

One Company Purchases Another in an Acquisition

So what the heck is an acquisition, anyway? An acquisition differs from a merger because it doesn’t combine two companies. Rather, in an acquisition, one company purchases the other as you would purchase [more…]

What Is a Buyout?

A buyout occurs when one corporation buys a controlling share of stock in another. A buyout is very similar to a partial acquisition. Some argue there’s no difference, which isn’t surprising because the [more…]

Forms of Corporate Integration/Cooperation

At the core of all M&A (mergers and acquisitions) is the idea of corporate integration. Companies can make corporate integration happen in several ways that aren’t technically mergers or acquisitions. [more…]

What Is a Divestiture?

When a company is looking to get rid of some of their operations, they will go through something called a divestiture. You’ve done awful, terrible things during your time managing M&A [more…]

What a Business Is Worth to You

Businesses don’t typically just advertise that they’re for sale and at what price they’re being sold. These transactions are all handled through very careful financial valuations, usually done separately [more…]

Methods of Financing Mergers and Acquisitions

Like all investments, the method of payment for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) plays a very significant role in whether or not making the investment at all is feasible. There are a number of methods available [more…]


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