Yahoo $20 Billion for AOL? Bankers Snicker, Drool

What’s that giant cackling sound?  The great inside-the-box-thinking Wall Street majority reacting to our idea that Yahoo raise $20 billion to buy AOL.  Meanwhile, the folks who are actually worth their $10 million+ bonuses are getting down to work.

How might a great banker get this done?  Private placement with private equity firms, hedge funds, and major institutional investors, combined with a public offering.  Structured transaction whereby Time Warner takes equity and then converts to cash via syndicated derivative deal with big i-banks.  Blackstone swallows whole thing and then levers up.  Or, you could just take a point or so on a cash sale to Microsoft.  Any number of possibilities.  When there’s a will and creativity, there’s a way.

 It’s a couple hundred million in fees, boys and girls, so get cracking.

See Also: Yahoo Buying AOL–The Hurdles.  Microsoft?

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