Foley & Lardner: Companies Consider Going Private, Selling

Lora Bentley

We just covered the Foley & Lardner study yesterday, I know, but today InformationWeek points to an aspect of the results that got past me the first time.


The high cost of Sarbanes-Oxley continues to drive companies out of the public markets, the story says. And if they don't go private, chances are they've at least considered it. What's more, they're also more willing to think about selling outright or merging with another venture.


InformationWeek reports the numbers this way:

This year, 23 percent of those answering the survey said they're considering transactions to take their company private, 16 percent said selling their company was a possibility, and 14 percent said they were considering a merger...


In 2006, 21 percent considered taking their company private, 10 percent thought about selling the business, and 8 percent considered a merger. And in 2005, 20 percent weighed the issue of going private, 10 percent considered selling the company, and 14 percent had some type of merger on their minds.

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