Ken Sonenclar is a managing director at DeSilva + Phillips, LLC, a New York investment bank specializing in media.
This brutal year in M&A is mercifully winding down. The global credit squeeze, deep recession, and shrinking valuations have kept deals in check. But with the economy rebooting and many big media and tech companies sitting on piles of cash, conditions are ripe for striking big deals next year. Here are five deals that would go a long way towards lifting us out of the deal-making doldrums — and also help reshape the media sector in important ways.
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) should buy Research in Motion: Last year, desperate to battle Google (NSDQ: GOOG), Microsoft nearly dropped $45 billion on Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO). For those old enough to associate