Olivia Covington: New M&A newsletter is coming your way

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Happy December, IBJ readers! We’re 10 days away from the day (you know the one), but guess what? Your friends over at Indiana Lawyer have an early gift for you—in fact, you might have already opened it.

Thursday marked the launch of M&A Monthly, a new email newsletter from Indiana Lawyer all about the world of mergers, acquisitions and venture capital. If you’re a subscriber to IBJ or Inside INdiana Business e-newsletters, chances are you’ve already seen M&A Monthly in your inbox—a little gift from the Indiana Lawyer team to our friends in the business world.

So what exactly is M&A Monthly? As the name implies, this newsletter is a monthly update on all things M&A and VC. You can expect to see it in your inbox one Thursday per month.

What will be in the M&A Monthly? Three things: news written by the IL team plus relevant coverage from our sister news outlets, IBJ and Inside INdiana Business (that’s right, we’re one big family); inside perspectives from the pros who work in the M&A field; and quick hits about notable deals.

Let me elaborate on the deals element because this is where I need audience participation. If you’ve recently closed a deal worth $1 million or more, you’re eligible to submit that information to M&A Monthly. Just visit TheIndianaLawyer.com/ma-monthly, and tell us the names and organizations of the attorneys, investment bankers and accountants who worked on the project, plus any resultant changes to executive company management. You have the option of keeping the dollar amount private, but remember, it’s a $1 million minimum (we’ll ask you to provide the amount on the online form, but there’s a box you can check if you don’t want us to publish it).

Now for the question you might’ve been asking since you started reading this column (or since M&A Monthly showed up in your inbox yesterday): Why am I, an IBJ subscriber, getting this Indiana Lawyer newsletter? I’d be happy to tell you.

There’s an obvious connection between the legal practice of M&A law and the business practice of joining two companies together. The lawyer needs the investment banker who needs the accountant, and the cycle continues. There is no mergers-and-acquisitions law without businesses to merge or acquire, and without a lawyer to dot the I’s and cross the T’s, an M&A deal would fall apart.

So it just makes sense that M&A Monthly would be available to subscribers of IBJ, Inside INdiana Business and Indiana Lawyer. After all, many businesspeople are also lawyers, and many lawyers are also businesspeople; the two naturally go hand-in-hand. Plus, it’s the season of giving, and we at Indiana Lawyer didn’t want to be stingy with our important M&A news.

And don’t worry if you’re not an attorney. The articles in M&A Monthly won’t be filled with legalese that makes your eyes glaze over. The point of this newsletter is to provide relevant industry updates that will inform both the lawyers and nonlawyer industry professionals who make deals happen. We might throw in a legal term or two (old habits die hard) but always in the larger context of the business world.

Oh, and one other thing you might want to know: Subscribing to M&A Monthly is free. So head on over to IBJ.com/newsletters to sign up.

We hope you enjoy this gift from your friends at Indiana Lawyer. Merry Christmas, happy holidays and Happy New Year!•

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Covington is editor of Indiana Lawyer, a publication of IBJ Media. Reach her at ocovington@ibj.com.

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