Mimesis Law
17 September 2020

Aquila on M&A: Dealmaking is Back

May 19, 2014 (Mimesis Law) — Frank Aquila, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, tells Lee Pacchia that the recent uptick in deal activity has all the indications of an “M&A boom” in 2014. While the recent wave of transactions is somewhat reminiscent of the M&A climate prior to the 2008 financial crisis, Aquila sees two important differences this time around. First, Aquila says that deals are taking longer to negotiate, indicating a more cautious approach to potential tie-ups. Second, the stock of the purchasing company is often rising after announcing a transaction. Aquila sees this as a sign that parties “are only doing deals that make sense from both the buyer and the seller standpoint.”

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