A Giant Cow-Tipping by Savages

The Boom, Bust, and Boom Culture of M&A

By John Weir Close
(Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9780230341814, 311pp.)

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

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Modern mergers and acquisitions, or M&A as it's more commonly known, is a new phenomenon. The buying and selling, the breaking up and combining of companies--the essence of M&A--has been a part of commerce throughout history, but only in our era has M&A itself become a business. In 2007, before the recession hit, it was a $4.4 trillion global enterprise. And yet, it remains largely unexplored. Discrete stories have been pulled from the annals of M&A, both true and fictionalized, that have become touchstones for wealth and excess. Who can forget Gordon Gekko and his "Greed is Good" speech? But while there have been a few iconic characters and tales to emerge, no one has told the rich history of M&A, until now. This is a look into that world and the people who created it. This reads like Dallas meets Wall Street, told through an intriguing narrative that not only brings to light in gritty detail all of the back room drama of such powerful players as Carl Icahn and Ronald Perelman, Marty Lipton and Joe Flom, Jimmy Goldsmith and Sumner Redstone, but also reveals how the new generation, including activist whirlwind Bill Ackman and iconoclastic new Delaware judge Leo Strine, will dominate the next tsunamic, and imminent, M&A boom.

About the Author
John Weir Close is an award-winning journalist who has been covering mergers and acquisitions for decades. He is the author of "A Giant Cow-Tipping by Savages". He is the editor and founder of "The M&A Journal "where he's covered most of the major transactions and has profiled many of the big players. He is also a former editor at "The American Lawyer" where he worked for ten years; there he was in charge of two monthly magazines, one on M&A and one aimed at in-house law departments. Close started his career in Saudi Arabia as a stringer for the "Financial Times "and "The Wall Street Journal "and an editor at Jeddah's "The Arab News". He then became a corporate lawyer and worked in M&A on Wall Street for four years. He's been published in the "Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal", the "International Herald Tribune, The Observer, The American Lawyer, Corporate Control Alert, "and "Corporate Counsel".
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