A Giant Cow-Tipping by Savages Inside the Turbulent World of Mergers and Acquisitions

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2/3/2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Modern mergers and acquisitions, or M&A as it's more commonly known, is a new phenomenon. The buying and selling, the breaking up and combining of companies-the essence of M&A-has been a part of commerce throughout history, but only in our era has M&A itself become a business. In 2007, it was a $4.4 trillion global enterprise. And yet, it remains largely unexplored. Discrete stories have been pulled from the annals of M&A, both true and fictionalized, that have become touchstones for wealth and excess. Who can forget Gordon Gekko and his "Greed is Good" speech? But while there have been a few iconic characters and tales to emerge, no one has told the rich history of M&A, until now. John Weir Close provides a look into that world and the people who created it. A Giant Cow-Tipping by Savages reads like Dallas meets Wall Street, told through an intriguing narrative that not only brings to light in gritty detail all of the back room drama of such powerful players as Carl Icahn, Joe Flom, Marty Lipton, and Bruce Wasserstein, but also reveals how the new generation, including activist whirlwind Bill Ackman and iconoclastic new Delaware judge Leo Strine, will dominate the next tsunamic, and imminent, M&A boom.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

1 The Temple of Dendur
2 Wasps, Jews, and M&A
3 The Hellfire, Club
4 The Land of the Screamers
5 The Size of Their Toys
6 The Visit of the British Company Man
7 Rubber Phobia
8 The Guns of Aqaba
9 Erectile Dysfunction
10 A Bondian Death Ray
11 Up, Up, and Away!
12 The Beggar’s Rurse
13 Foul Dust
14 Fat Man and Little Boy
15 A Big Bloody Outcry
16 Orion and the Wolves
17 The Heart of Hollywood
18 Icarus Falling
19 Birds of America
20 Return to the Temple

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