For the first installment of our M&A 101 series, we talked to legal experts Andy Shawber and Laura Harper about the key distinctions between mergers and other types of acquisitions, and how those differences affect both buyers and sellers. Shawber and Harper are partners at Summit Law Group in Seattle, where they concentrate on corporate and securities law.
What investment bankers do in mergers and acquisitions
In the second installment, we talked to investment banker Giovanna Burns about the many roles I-banks play in transactions, as well as what business owners most commonly overlook when it comes to selling their companies. Burns, a VP with Seattle's Meridian Capital, has provided advisory services to middle-market companies on buy-side and sell-side engagements, IPOs, debt issuances and growth equity raises.
What antitrust law means for mergers and acquisitions
For the third installment, we caught up with antitrust lawyer Paul Jin to learn more about why vertical mergers have come under greater scrutiny of late, what business practices can come up during a review of an M&A deal and how market concentration is calculated. Jin is a partner in Goodwin's Antitrust + Competition in Washington DC, where his practice focuses on assessing transaction-related antitrust risk and negotiating terms of agreements.