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Mergers & Acquisitions (commonly referred to as M&A) is often considered a fast-paced, exciting niche of corporate law. And, it is. I love the work I do and my role in M&A deals. It’s apparent to me others find this line of work interesting as well, particularly following the response to my most popular M&A 101 video found here:

So, this is a follow-up to that video, with a greater focus on the process you can expect as a buyer or seller of a business as you continue your merger or acquisition.

This video touches on all aspects of M&A: deal structures, the key players, the motivations for performing a merger or acquisition, considerations from the perspective of the buyer and the seller, and more – most of which I’ve discussed in my other videos.

Here’s a quick rundown in case you want to jump ahead:
0:53 – Step 1: Valuation of your company
2:51 – Step 2: Prepping for due diligence
7:14 – Step 3: Assemble your team
10:04 – Step 4: Plan the selling process
11:13 – Step 5: Finding a buyer
14:25 – Step 6: Signing a Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA)
15:02 – Step 7: Basic due diligence
15:44 – Step 8: Laying out basic terms in a Letter of Intent (LOI)
18:31 – Step 9: Intensive due diligence
21:52 – Step 10: Document the deal with a Purchase Agreement

So, take a look and leave any questions in the comments below. As always, feel free to contact me directly as this is what I do and I’m happy to help if I can.

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About me:

My 20+ years of experience in business finance, business law and entrepreneurship have led me to believe that numbers and logic are awesome tools, but understanding human nature and emotions is the first step to business success.

The Cenkus Law Firm provides services related to mergers & acquisitions, general business issues and startups, including founders’ agreements and fundraising. I also consult with entrepreneurs and have invested my own capital as an angel investor.

From 2010-2013 I served as Chief Legal Counsel of a publicly-trade international oilfield services company. From 2001 to 2006 me and a partner founded and built Paragon Residential Mortgage. Paragon was sold to Bridge Investments in 2006.

I hold a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

Now, I live in Austin, TX with my wife and two kids. I enjoy reading, running, classic movies, great food and wine and some great American football.

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