When investment bankers turn to writing, few professional
scribes lose sleep over the competition. A banker's
motivation for putting pen to paper is often either ego or
epitaph. Neither makes for a gripping read. A book by Bruce
Wasserstein, co-founder of New York M&A boutique
Wasserstein Perella, might therefore be expected to be met
But despite a publicity photograph that makes the author
look as if he's auditioning for a part in a mafia movie,
Big Deal: the battle for control of America's leading
corporations is far from an exercise in self-promotion.
And even though Wasserstein is now in the elder-statesman
bracket among Wall Street's finest, the book doesn't imply
his retirement or retreat from the M&A business. "In fact
the reverse," he says. "Last year was our [Wasserstein
Perella's] best ever, and this year looks like it's going to
be even better than last."