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Many are predicting the M&A market is poised to accelerate following protracted uncertainty in global markets. As these markets rebound, both strategic and financial buyers are eyeing ways to convert piles of cash idled by the economic downturn into profitable growth.
M&A transactions can be used to reshape a company, whether by accelerating growth in an existing business, entering or exiting business lines, combining with another entity, or selling the company in its entirety. Depending on circumstances, M&A transactions range from friendly to unwelcome, sometimes even hostile. But in all cases, the board of directors must play a critical role in the transaction.