- Tapa blanda: 384 páginas
- Editor: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; Edición: 1 (7 de diciembre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0470919027
- ISBN-13: 978-0470919026
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Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal, and the Private Equity Implosion (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 7 dic 2010
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An engaging exploration of modern-day deals and deal-making Gods at War details the recent deals and events that have forever changed the world of billion-dollar deal-making. This book is a whirlwind tour of the players determining the destiny of corporate America, including the government, private equity, strategic buyers, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds. It not only examines many of the game-changing takeover events that have occurred in the past years, but also puts them into context and exposes what is really going on behind the scenes on Wall Street. Gods at War completely covers the strategic issues that guide the modern-day deal, and since they unfold under the shadow of the law, it also focuses on the legal aspects of deal-making and takeovers. Each chapter unfolds through the lens of a recent transaction, from the battle between Yahoo! and Microsoft to the United Rental/Cerberus dispute Provides in-depth explanations and analysis of the events and actors that have shaped this fast-moving field Examines the federal government's regulation by deal approach to saving the financial system and explains the government's biggest "deals", including its bail-outs of AIG, Bank of America, and Citigroup Filled with in-depth insights that will enhance your understanding of this field, Gods at War offers an engaging look at deals and deal-makers in the context of recent historical events. It's a book for those who want to understand deals, takeovers, and the people and institutions who shape our world.
"Gods at War brilliantly analyzes the legal issues, the politics, and the players in high-profile merger and acquisition transactions. Steven Davidoff is a master of the tactics and rules of deal-making, and he has once again shown why he is one of the country's most respected legal writers."
?Rob Kindler, Vice Chairman and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Morgan Stanley
"In Gods at War, Steven Davidoff, aka The Deal Professor, delivers a detailed and lucid treatise of the fascinating historical precedents that resulted in the frenzied deal-making activity that ended abruptly with our current financial crisis and then goes on, in impressive fashion, to discuss what deals will look like in a new era dominated by government ownership and a lack of acquisition financing. Deal practitioners?and those just curious about all the fuss?will want this book at the top of their reading list."
?William D. Cohan, author of House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street and The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co.
"Davidoff is one of the most insightful and perceptive minds in the world of deal-making. With an ability to distill the most complicated legal issues into clear prose, he has become a must-read inside the nation's boardrooms and corner offices."
?Andrew Ross Sorkin, Editor of THE New York Times's "DealBook" and author of Too Big to Fail
"Where will M&A go next? Any answer depends on an understanding of the merger wave of 2002?2008, which this book affords. Rich in fresh insights, carefully researched, and well written, Gods at War gives a threshold to the future of M&A. I recommend it to students, practitioners, and fans of high finance."
?Robert F. Bruner, Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia; author of Deals from Hell: M&A Lessons that Rise Above the Ashes; and coAuthor of The Panic of 1907
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Professor Davidoff teaches law after practicing in the M&A field for a decade, and his book is about the law, but it's not written for lawyers - thankfully. Instead, it is for readers with some understanding of the financial markets and an interest in learning how deals get done, or are thwarted by management and competitors. Most importantly, he explains how new sources of capital, especially private investment pools and hedge funds, are changing the way transactions occur.
As an added bonus, Gods at War provides a nice history of the financial meltdown after the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers in 2008. What had once been a private market, with S.E.C. regulation but not much serious interference in the marketplace, has changed into what he calls "Government by Deal." The current financial reform legislation aims to make this a permanent feature of the financial system by giving Washington the power to seize control of large institutions that pose too great a risk to the economy's stability - making permanent the notion of "too big to fail." His assessment of where the deal machinery may be headed looks to be dead on.
Professor Davidoff gives us a look behind the deal-making curtain by showing how transactions are not pre-ordained marches to financial nirvana but involve a combination of skill and luck with some very human actors inside the companies, in the law firms and investment banks, and the judges who must resolved the inevitable legal disputes. He puts a human face on the deal-making machine while in a book that is accessible and easy to read, with more than a few wry observations of the foibles of those involved.
Gods at War doesn't do what so many "quick to print" crisis books do when they give a truncated overview and some hyperventilated predictions about how the world as we know it is coming to an end. Professor Davidoff understands, and explains, that deals are a feature of the financial landscape, and changes don't occur overnight - but they do occur. 2009 was not the same as 1990, or 1974, the last two times the financial system ground to a halt. His book is well worth reading if you are interested in understanding how we got to where we were, and where we may be headed.