Crisis mantra for sleep-deprived M&A attorneys: don't sweat the small stuff

, The National Law Journal

Mergers and acquisitions attorneys got three multibillion-dollar bank combinations sealed in less than three weeks by rounding up teams of lawyers as soon as a deal was in the offing, crunching mountains of work into weekend sprints — and not letting details get in the way of core agreements. "We all understood, you can't sweat the small stuff," said Sullivan & Cromwell chairman Rodgin Cohen, who led his firm's team on the now-defunct sale of Wachovia to Citigroup Inc.

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