What is a typical day in the life of someone in M&A? How long does a project last?

By Chris Gallant AAA
A:

The life of a financial professional involved in the field of mergers and acquisitions can, like any line of work, vary considerably from person to person and from company to company. However, there are some common experiences that most M&A professionals share.

Most M&A activity is carried out by investment bankers who specialize in this area of the financial markets. Usually, when a corporation wants to engage in a merger or acquisition with another company, or is contemplating a sale of the business to prospective buyers, it will hire an investment banking firm to assist with that process.

The hours for the investment bankers involved in an M&A deal are typically very long and involve tight deadlines. Businesses don't stop their operations just because they are pursuing an M&A deal, and the conditions of the industry and the value of the company involved continues to change constantly. As a result, financial professionals involved in M&A activity typically have tight time lines to complete demanding tasks.

As for the length of an M&A project, this can vary considerably depending on the size of the company involved and the nature of the deal. If a large corporation is looking to sell itself to the highest bidder, the process can be long and drawn out, as different suitor companies engage in buyout talks with the company and different proposals are evaluated, modified and negotiated. In contrast, if the deal involves a large corporation buying a much smaller niche company, the process can be much more streamlined, especially if there are no other interested buyers in the picture. In these cases, M&A projects can end up being rather short.

To learn more about M&A activity, check out The Basics of Mergers and Acquisitions.

RELATED FAQS

  1. What is a roll-up merger and why does it occur?

    Find out what a roll-up merger is and how it is executed. See why roll-ups might bring added efficiency and competition into ...
  2. What is the difference between an IPO and a seasoned issue?

    Learn how companies issue IPO securities when they first go public and seasoned issue shares if they sell more shares in ...
  3. What are the main communication points between a CFO and a CEO?

    Explore key communication points between CEOs and CFOs. Learn how each of these officers has a fiduciary duty to stockholders, ...
  4. What's the average salary of an investment banker?

    Compare average annual salaries of investment bankers based on position. Different levels of the career result in different ...
RELATED TERMS
  1. Associate In Fidelity And Surety Bonding (AFSB)

    A designation earned by bond producers, bond underwriters, and ...
  2. Associate In Insurance Services (AIS)

    A designation earned by insurance professionals and conferred ...
  3. Asset Valuation Review (AVR)

    A process that establishes an estimate of the value of a failed ...
  4. Assisted Merger

    The merger of two or more financial institutions undertaken with ...
  5. Assuming Institution

    A healthy financial institution that purchases the assets of ...
  6. Acquisition

    A corporate action in which a company buys most, if not all, ...

You May Also Like

Related Articles
  1. Trading Strategies

    Is Goldman Sachs Still A Winner?

  2. Personal Finance

    What Exactly Does A Portfolio Analyst ...

  3. Personal Finance

    World's Top 10 Hedge Fund Firms

  4. Personal Finance

    Credit Risk Analyst: Boring Title, Great ...

  5. Entrepreneurship

    Part-Time Vs. Executive MBA: Which One ...

Trading Center