Mergers & Acquisitions For Dummies
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All M&A deal-makers need some extra help, so these resources, advisors, and private equity firms may come in handy.

M&A groups, associations, and networking organizations

M&A, as with most industries, has some networking and professional associations. If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in M&A, acquaint yourself with the following groups:

M&A virtual data rooms

M&A deal-makers today utilize online data rooms for due diligence. Here are few of the commonly used rooms:


The following sections help you satisfy your nose for news. The first section lists some good sources of M&A-specific news, while the second provides some sources for more-general business news.

M&A periodicals

Business periodicals

M&A Advisors

A deal-maker needs suitable counsel from lawyers and accountants. Some firms that focus on M&A transactions, especially for the middle market and lower middle market, include the following:

Accounting and auditing

Law firms

Private equity firms

Private equity is one of the usual suspects when it comes to finding a Buyer for a company. The United States alone has hundreds of private equity firms. Here are just a few of them.

Agencies that regulate mergers & acquisitions

An M&A advisor should be registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc (FINRA). The Securities Investors Protection Corporation (SIPC) is a federally mandated entity charged with protecting investors from fraud, so you should be familiar with it as well.

Online business references

A few good sources for business information include the following. These sites don’t necessarily focus on M&A, but they provide great information and research tools for M&A-related work nonetheless.

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Bill Snow is an authority on mergers and acquisitions. He has held leadership roles in public companies, venture-backed dotcoms, and angel funded start-ups. His perspective on corporate development gives him insight into the needs of business owners aiming to create value by selling or acquiring companies.

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