When a publicly traded company announces that it is being acquired, remember, you as a shareholder are entitled to vote on the transaction! How do you know if the merger is fair? Is the offering price a fair price? Did the company properly shop itself to other suitors? Are there any undisclosed compensation packages to senior management? Are the outside professionals (read Wall Street bankers) operating at arms length? Has the company made all the necessary disclosures to you so that you can properly assess the offer? We routinely seek to make sure the merger process is fair.