Steven Davidoff Solomon

What’s behind corporate America’s merger mania?

Steven Davidoff Solomon interviewed by Marketplace, Oct. 13, 2015

“Essentially, we’re getting bigger and bigger companies that need global proportions to survive and prosper,” said Steven Davidoff Solomon. …. “In a number of markets, you’re going from four players to three, possibly three players to two. And companies are trying to get dominant positions in the market before they themselves are acquired.”

With EMC deal, Dell returns to public markets

Steven Davidoff Solomon writes for The New York Times, Oct. 13, 2015

So Dell is triumphantly, if not quite openly, returning to the public markets. The only difference is that Dell’s equity will be controlled by Michael Dell, Silver Lake and the rest of the buyout group. There will be no pesky shareholder to deal with who can influence this group.

A lesson from UC Berkeley’s ‘Deal Professor’

Steven Davidoff Solomon interviewed for The Recorder (registration required), Oct. 12, 2015

With public deals, there’s the disclosure issue, which is significant. It’s just the nature of the beast. When you’re going quick, you work off the form, you try and keep your head, and you try and get people to read it. But to say go slower is like saying ‘Don’t fly airplanes so they don’t crash.’ It’s just inherent.

Nudging a huge beer deal down a long road

Steven Davidoff Solomon writes for The New York Times, October 7, 2015

Call it the hostile “nudge.” Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $104 billion offer to acquire SABMiller is all about trying to nudge SABMiller into accepting the deal without Anheuser-Busch InBev having to go into full-fledged hostile bid mode.

Bank of America conflict case could put a chill on Wall St.

Steven Davidoff Solomon writes for The New York Times, Oct. 6, 2015

Delaware’s courts have put the sometimes questionable roles of investment banks in merger deals firmly in their cross hairs. But are the courts going too far? The latest case is a lawsuit against Bank of America Merrill Lynch over Signet’s $1.4 billion buyout of the Zale Corporation.