Talking mergers and acquisitions for small- to mid-sized companies can sound exciting as the architects behind the deals are wide-eyed with effective growth strategies. But these complex transactions carry significant risk, no matter how simple or appealing they may look on the outside, and it is absolutely vital for all involved in the deal to make sure they are guarding themselves against costly mistakes that have been the downfall for many leaders and organizations before them.Complete with expert advice, case studies, checklists, and sample documents, Mergers and Acquisitions from A to Z walks you through every step of the process--from valuation to securities laws to closing and successful integration. Updated with the latest trends and regulatory developments, the fourth edition explains further how to conduct due diligence, calculate the purchase price, understand the roles and risks for boards, and more. When done correctly and cautiously, while fully educated on all avenues of the process, your company's next merger or acquisition should be an exciting, profitable time as you take steps to eliminate rivals, extend territory, and diversify offerings. But you must first be prepared! Don't make another deal without this trusted resource and its strategic and legal guidance by your side.