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In Complex Sectors, Rely on Three Secrets to M&A Success

Following a competitive bidding war earlier this year, Alaska-Virgin America secured its spot alongside Delta, United and American Airlines within the pantheon of the top-five largest U.S. carriers. Pair this with a trio of healthcare deals worth a combined $45 billion—involving big names like Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie and Sanofi—and Microsoft’s recent acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.6 billion, it’s clear that the M&A boom has been reignited.

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Absent an “Edge,” the Best M&A Strategy May Be Abstinence

Imagine the president of your largest business unit slips into your office at the end of the day. As you know, margins are down and she’s sweating blood for every iota of market share. Now she has a proposal for a bold move that could take the company to the next level.

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There Is Relief in Sight for Frivolous Merger Litigation From Shareholders

Today, almost every merger involving publicly traded target companies draws multiple shareholder lawsuits. In fact, a study by Matthew D. Cain and Steven M. Davidoff found that in 2013, plaintiffs filed lawsuits challenging 97.5% of deals valued at more than $100 million, and each of those transactions triggered an average of seven separate lawsuits.

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M&A Reaches Record Levels: Should You Capitalize on the Current Market’s Opportunities?

The global mergers-and-acquisitions scene has come back in a healthy way, and some might say that the preliminary agreement between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller is simply the froth on the top of the M&A beer glass. The question on the tips of many CEOs’ tongues, however, is whether these events represent opportunities that won’t last and that they should take advantage of.

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Negotiation Lessons: When CEO Meddling Degrades the Deal

CEOs like to think of themselves as rational beings that apply thorough analysis to get optimal outcomes. Of course, this is not always the case. We’re humans, not optimizing machines.

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Removing the Blinders: 5 Principles for Acquisition Success

While JP Morgan recently predicted that a strong 2014 would lead into a fresh round of M&A activity in 2015, it also noted last year’s level of failed transactions was the highest since 2008.v

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