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"While the financial community looks to regain its footing, deal makers will continue to do what they've always done structure deals that drive the fate of corporate America. With powerful professionals competing to create and close better deals, these executives, like gods, will determine the future of companies and our economy." "Author Steven Davidoff understands both the intricacies of these deals and the forces driving them. Writing as "The Deal Professor" for the New York Times "DealBook," he provides daily commentary on the latest takeover ...
"While the financial community looks to regain its footing, deal makers will continue to do what they've always done structure deals that drive the fate of corporate America. With powerful professionals competing to create and close better deals, these executives, like gods, will determine the future of companies and our economy." "Author Steven Davidoff understands both the intricacies of these deals and the forces driving them. Writing as "The Deal Professor" for the New York Times "DealBook," he provides daily commentary on the latest takeover news and has become a nationally known authority on this fast-moving field. Now, with Gods at War, Davidoff introduces you to this trillion-dollar business-from private equity and government to hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds - and reveals the recent events that have changed the way the game is played." "Gods at War is the definitive story of deal-making. Opening with an engaging look at the evolution of this discipline, the book quickly moves into the modern era - where deal-making has become a truly global endeavor - and works its way through the current financial crisis and beyond." "Each chapter unfolds through the lens of recent events, from the battle between Yahoo! and Microsoft to the United Rentals/Cerberus dispute. Along the way, you'll also become familiar with the federal government's regulation by deal approach to saving the financial system - which included the serial bailouts of AIG, Bank of America, Citigroup, and others. In describing the dynamic events of this period, Davidoff not only reveals how deals are accomplished in modern capital markets, but he also details the transformation that the takeover marketplaceis undergoing and its prospects for the future. In doing so, he puts forth a definitive view and theory of deals and deal-making." The financial revolution, globalization, and financial crises have permanently changed deal-makingcreating perils and opportunities for both dealmakers and regulators. With Gods at War as your guide, you'll gain a better understanding of this discipline and discover the various events, individuals, and institutions that continue to shape this competitive arena.
Chapter 1 The Modern Deal.
The Import of Personality.
The Evolution of the Takeover.
The Takeover Revolution.
Chapter 2 KKR, SunGard and the Private Equity Phenomenon.
KKR and the Origins of Private Equity.
SunGard and the Transformation of Private Equity.
Private Equity in the Sixth Wave.
Chapter 3 Accredited Home Lenders and the Attack of the MAC.
The Fall of Accredited Home Lenders.
Material Adverse Change Clauses.
The MAC Wars of 2007.
The MAC Clause in Flux.
The Future of the MAC.
Chapter 4 United Rentals, Cerberus, and the Private Equity Implosion.
The Cerberus-United Rentals Dispute.
The Implosion of Private Equity.
Fault and the Failure of Private Equity.
The Future of Private Equity.
Chapter 5 Dubai Ports, Merrill Lynch, and the Sovereign Wealth Fund Problem.
The Financial Wave of Sovereign Fund Investment.
The Sovereign Wealth Fund Problem.
CFIUS and Foreign Investment.
Chapter 6 Bear Stearns and The Moral Hazard Principle.
Saving Bear Stearns.
What was JPMorgan's Dilemma?
The Fight for Bear Stearns.
Lessons Learned from Bear's Fall.
Chapter 7 Jana Partners, Children's Investment Fund, and Hedge Fund Activist Investing.
A Brief Overview of the “Agency Problem”.
The Rise of Hedge Fund Activism.
The 2008 Proxy Season.
Chapter 8 Microsoft, Inbev, and the Return of the Hostile Takeover.
The Elements of a Successful Hostile Takeover.
Delaware and Hostile Takeovers.
The Future of Hostile Takeovers.
Chapter 9 Mars, Pfizer and The Changing Face of Strategic Deals.
The Changing Structure of Strategic Transactions.
The Phenomenon of the Distressed Deal.
Do Takeovers Pay?
Delaware Law and Strategic Transactions.
The Future of Strategic Transactions.
Chapter 10 AIG, Citigroup, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman, and Government by Deal.
The Nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The Week the Investment Bank Died.
TARP, Citigroup, Bank of America and Beyond?
Assessing Government by Deal.
Chapter 11 Restructuring Takeovers.
Federal Takeover Law.
Delaware Takeover Law.
Chapter 12 Deal-Making in a Crisis Age.
About the Author.
Posted June 9, 2011
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