All in a day’s work of a M&A lawyer


One of the M&A negotiations I had took place during a fire drill.

We were not notified in advance that there would be a fire drill in our office building that day.

My colleague and I were in the midst of a con call when the fire alarm went off.

The fire alarm disrupted the call. We had to excuse ourselves to find another place to continue the call.

We could not postpone the call as the clients, counterparties, counterparties’ advisers and financial advisers were already in the call.

My colleague and I circled the building block trying to find a spot to join in the call again.

We managed to find a spot to call in the midst of the fire drill but not before explaining to the management of the building.
Sometimes the environment may not be ideal to do what we want to do.

We may be tempted to put off things until the conditions are more favourable.

At times, this may be the right thing to do.

At times, we just have to carry on even if it is not going great.


First posted on Linkedin on 15 November 2021.

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