Gods at War (Paperback)

Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal, and the Private Equity Implosion

By Steven M. Davidoff

Wiley, 9780470919026, 365pp.

Publication Date: December 28, 2010

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An engaging exploration of modern-day deals and deal-making

Gods at War details the recent deals and events that haveforever changed the world of billion-dollar deal-making. This bookis a whirlwind tour of the players determining the destiny ofcorporate America, including the government, private equity, strategic buyers, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds.

It not only examines many of the game-changing takeover eventsthat have occurred in the past years, but also puts them intocontext and exposes what is really going on behind the scenes onWall Street. Gods at War completely covers the strategicissues that guide the modern-day deal, and since they unfold underthe shadow of the law, it also focuses on the legal aspects ofdeal-making and takeovers.

  • Each chapter unfolds through the lens of a recent transaction, from the battle between Yahoo and Microsoft to the UnitedRental/Cerberus dispute
  • Provides in-depth explanations and analysis of the events andactors that have shaped this fast-moving field
  • Examines the federal government's regulation by deal approachto saving the financial system and explains the government'sbiggest "deals," including its bail-outs of AIG, Bank of America, and Citigroup

Filled with in-depth insights that will enhance yourunderstanding of this field, Gods at War offers an engaginglook at deals and deal-makers in the context of recent historicalevents. It's a book for those who want to understand deals, takeovers, and the people and institutions who shape our world.

About the Author

STEVEN M. DAVIDOFF is a nationally known authority on takeovers and corporate law. He writes as "The Deal Professor" for the New York Times's "DealBook." Davidoff also writes in trade journals, such as the Deal, lectures, has testified before the United States Senate, and is frequently quoted in the national media on issues related to our capital markets. He is a professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law and a graduate of the Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Davidoff practiced for almost a decade as a corporate attorney, primarily at Shearman & Sterling in their New York and London offices. Davidoff also has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in finance from the London Business School.