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M&A in a Cold Climate
Blair Effron, co-founder of Centerview Partners, gave the opening address at the recent 32nd Tulane Corporate Law Institute. He predicted that M&A volume for 2020 could drop by as much as 25 percent. A plague has spread over the world. The U.S. election is in flux. Deals grow ever more complex with ever longer gestation periods and unforgiving scrutiny before a plethora of regulators. Will the global economy tank?

M&A Today Slides

Between Signing and Closing
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, interim operating covenants are likely to see increased attention in pre-signing negotiations and play an outsized role in buyer/seller relations between signing and closing.  The pandemic has already caused interim periods to be extended due to the virus's impact on business operations and governmental responses around the world.  Even before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, extended interim periods could arise due to increased regulatory scrutiny of deals for national security and antitrust reasons, among others.


M&A on Bloomberg Radio

John Close on Bloomberg Radio
On the day Verizon announced its deal for Yahoo, Mr. Close talks about M&A more than way through the year. Although 2016 has been developing a reputation as tired year. But there is no reason to despair. "Slower" doesn't mean "slow".
Broadcast: July 25, 2016

The Bloomberg Advantage: Close Says 2015 M&A 'Ancient History'
John Close and Bloomberg's Ed Hammond discuss what we're likely to see in 2016. One thing looks certain--deal value and deal numbers will be down. But that's compared to 2015, a record year with mega-deals in force.
Broadcast: February 29, 2016

Whither M&A in 2015 and into 2016?
Listen to John Close, editor of The M&A Journal, discuss the future of dealmaking on the day Dell announced its $67 billion acquisition of EMC with Bloomberg's deal reporter Ed Hammond and the hosts of The Bloomberg Advantage Carol Massar and Corey Johnson.
Broadcast: October 12, 2015

A Giant Cow-Tipping By Savages
John Close, editor of The M&A Journal, discusses his book "A Giant Cow-Tipping By Savages" with the hosts of Bloomberg Radio's Taking Stock Carol Massar and Michael McKee.
Broadcast: April 13, 2015


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