Big Companies Face Period of Growth and Turmoil


Corporate mainstays are trying to right themselves after becoming vulnerable to market forces they once ably navigated. With technological change and market shifts, a need for radical action will likely lead to more deals that cross industry lines. “Earlier rounds of M&A were simply competitors buying each other and getting the synergies out of a deal,” says Frank Aquila, a partner at law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. “While that’s still an important part of M&A, we’re going to see many more combinations going forward that may not be what people expect.”