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The author can be contacted at rizzirisk@aol.com. Joe Rizzi has over 25 years of banking experience. He is also an instructor at Chicago-area universities, including Loyola and DePaul. He previously was a senior investment strategist for CapGen Financial, a private equity firm. This column is adapted from a piece he wrote for “MergerProf,” a blog on acquisitions, finance and governance that he co-authors with Dr. Ralph Walkling, director of the Center for Corporate Governance at Drexel University (www.mergerprof.com).

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