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XM-Sirius: A Combination that would Create a Monopoly

XM- Sirius: Why the FCC is taking its time

A combined XM/Sirius would constitute a satellite radio monopoly, prohibited by the FCC's original 1997 Order establishing the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS).

The FCC has been waiting for the Department of Justice (DoJ) to potentially prevent the deal on antitrust concerns so it would not have to go against its original order. Although I don’t necessarily agree with the DoJ’s decision to approve the deal, the… Continue

Added by Roger Aguinaldo on May 13, 2008 at 12:10am — No Comments

Roger's Corner: What M&A Deals?

Despite cheap money the US economy continues to wobble as we enter the second half of 2008, impacting middle-market M&A deals directly.

In March non-farm payrolls fell for a third straight month and the unemployment rate rose. US construction and manufacturing also took big hits, accounting for March decline in payrolls. Business activity has also slowed but personal spending continues a steady, if lesser, pace. On the plus side, the housing market, which accounted for a 1% loss… Continue

Added by The M&A Advisor on May 9, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Roger's Corner - May 2, 2008: Is 2% a Saving Deal?

How many rate cuts does it take to stimulate growth? The answer to that question remains to be seen. Yet this Wednesday the Fed cut rates again for the seventh time. The overnight lending rate is now at 2%. So, is two percent low enough to revise or save pending middle market M&A deals? The markets answered this week with no reaction.

While some on Wall Street argue that the credit crisis is easing up, in a still tight credit market and a declining housing… Continue

Added by The M&A Advisor on May 4, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Even With Liquidity Crunch, Pharma Sector Keeps Dealing

I was quoted in Investor's Business Daily regarding M&A in the Pharma Sector. Here's the relevant info:

Health care companies are always looking to add to their product lists through acquisition. But after spearheading a slew of deals thanks to an abundance of cheap credit, private equity buyers are now nearly non-existent due to a lack of capital.

Many of the health care industry's biggest players have looked at the landscape, realized that opportunity, and…

Added by Roger Aguinaldo on May 4, 2008 at 10:04pm — No Comments

USA Today: Wrigley deal shows it's a great time to buy

By Matt Krantz, USA TODAY Monday's $23 billion buyout of chewing gum maker Wm. Wrigley Jr. (WWY) by Mars and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) is giving investors something to chew on. The credit crisis and worries about the economy may be cooling merger-and-acquisition activity this year, causing the dollar volume of U.S. deals to fall 32%, Dealogic says. But as Wrigley — the third-largest deal of the year — shows, a window has opened… Continue

Added by M&A Advisor Info on May 1, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Baird's Merger Monthly for the Middle Market - April 2008

Robert W. Baird & Co. is pleased to send you the April issue of Merger Monthly, our publication analyzing U.S., European and Transatlantic middle-market M&A activity. This month's issue contains:

*General M&A Market Commentary – M&A activity remains sluggish, unable to shake the effects of the turmoil in the debt markets and growing… Continue

Added by The M&A Advisor on April 30, 2008 at 2:11am — No Comments

Cadwalader Sweeps M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards

Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2008

New York, NY, February 26, 2008 - LAWFUEL - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world’s leading international law firms, swept all three awards for which it was nominated at the M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, presented last night at an awards gala at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla.

Cadwalader won the honor of Law Firm of the Year: Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice, in recognition of the 65-lawyer team’s record… Continue

Added by M&A Advisor Info on March 1, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

HOW-TO SERIES: Checking Messages on

To check your messages on, sign in and click the envelope icon located on the top left bar, the thin colored strip that appears at the top left of the page. A panel will then drop down where you can compose messages and read messages you’ve received.

Added by The M&A Advisor on January 5, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

HOW-TO SERIES: Sending Messages on

Want to send a message to someone you don't know?

To protect your privacy, only your contacts/friends and certain members of social networks you belong to can send you messages on If you’re a member of a network, the Network Creator and Administrators can send you messages and you can message them back. Further, if you belong to any groups, the Group Creator and Admins can get in touch with you privately — and you may receive messages sent to all… Continue

Added by The M&A Advisor on January 5, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Obiturary: Stanley Foster Reed, M&A's First Scribe

This obituary appeared in Mergers & Acquisitions: A Dealmaker's Journal December 2007 issue. Stanley Foster Reed is a stalwart in the M&A industry viewing it from a journalist's side. He will be missed ...

M&A’s First Scribe

Stanley Foster Reed, who founded this magazine, passed

away in October, but left an enduring legacy

By Jerry Abejo

In his 90 years, Stanley Foster Reed

was pulled by many passions.

Briefly put,… Continue

Added by The M&A Advisor on December 31, 2007 at 10:00pm — No Comments

USA Today: Chrysler sold in unprecedented auto deal

By James R. Healey, Sharon Silke Carty, Chris Woodyard and Matt Krantz, USA TODAY German automaker DaimlerChrysler (DCX), after paying $36 billion for Chrysler in 1998, now is essentially paying a private investment company to take money-losing Chrysler off its hands. It's a stunning reversal, just one of several stunners in a deal unprecedented in the modern auto industry. The sale of Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management, announced Monday,… Continue

Added by M&A Advisor Info on May 15, 2007 at 10:30am — No Comments

8 Ways Shared Services add Value in Mergers & Acquisitions

Organizations that have well developed Shared Services operations are in a unique position to realise accelerated savings in mergers and acquisitions

By: Paul Hawkins, Managing Director, MergeCo,

Discover eight key contributions that Shared Services can make to your next corporate deal.

Metrics for synergy identification

In building a business case for shared services, organisations frequently draw on transactional efficiency benchmarks e.g. invoices… Continue

Added by Chris Gayner on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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