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NEGOTIATING BLIND TURNS - For those in the business of making deals, uncertainty has been and continues to be a way of life. For example, in the leadup to Election Day, two of the most pressing concerns for transactional lawyers and other professionals in the M&A space were who the next president would be and which party would control the Senate. Nearly a week later, the presidential election is still (at least for some folks) unsettled and the Senate power struggle will remain in suspended animation until January. Meanwhile, even the increasingly safe assumption that the Biden administration will be in power come Jan. 20 leaves open a host of additional questions as to what that will mean for the M&A market. Throw in the seemingly endless pandemic and increasingly strained relations between the U.S. and China and it might be time to reach for the Advil. In this week’s Law.com Trendspotter column, we examine what two recent surveys tell us about dealmakers’ outlook on the coming year.

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