Matchmaker, Make Me a Match

Corporate mergers are usually a gamble for the firms involved, but there is always one certain winner: the investment banking house that acts as the matchmaker whenever one firm begins courting another. The investment banker's main task is to advise his client on which financial tactics to use, either in taking over another company or in fending off an unwelcome suitor. If one company wants to buy out another, should it offer cash, cash and stock, or a combination of cash, stock and corporate notes? If a company is trying to avoid being...

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