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Mergers and Acquisitions from A to Z, 3rd Edition by Andrew J. SHERMAN

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CHAPTER 7

Structuring the Deal

There is a virtually infinite number of ways in which a corporate merger or acquisition may be structured. There are probably as many potential deal structures as there are qualified and creative transactional lawyers and investment bankers. The goal is not to create the most complex structure, but rather to create a structure that fairly reflects the goals and objectives of the buyer and the seller. Naturally, not all of the objectives of each party will be met each time—there will almost always be a degree of negotiation and compromise.

Virtually all structures, even the most complex, are at their roots basically either mergers or acquisitions, including the purchase or consolidation of either stock or assets. ...

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