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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

Big news came in last night when AT&T announced it was acquiring DIRECTV for $48.5 billion.  The mega-deal is part of the recent merger mania for media giants and had quite a roster of advisers, including: Lazard, Sullivan & Cromwell, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and more…

The real question is whether regulators will allow the deal to actually happen.  As Dan Primack pointed out, AT&Ts last major takeover fell apart “under the weight of regulatory scrutiny,” costing AT&T $3bn in breakup fees. It appears AT&T has learned from that experience and, sources report, there is no regulatory break up fee for the DIRECTV deal.

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