John Weir Close is an award-winning journalist who has been covering mergers and acquisitions for decades. 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.