St. Louis corporate partner Fred Strasheim talked to Law360 about the challenges of leading complex transactions, changing approaches to attorney-client privilege in merger agreements, and advice for up-and-coming corporate attorneys.
The article was part of Law360’s 2014 “Dealmakers” series, which shares insights from deal-making movers and shakers in practice areas including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate and project finance.
Strasheim writes that corporate attorneys should strive to always stay focused on the business strategy behind a transaction, not just the legal details of the deal itself. “Make an effort to understand the client’s business and what the client hopes to gain from the deal,” he wrote. “Too many attorneys get lost in the details of relatively minor legal issues (such as the use of materiality qualifiers) and forget that such issues — while not insignificant — are generally not nearly as important as the basic economic terms of the deal.”
Chicago partner David Kaufman will be featured later this summer in the series.
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