John Weir Close is an award-winning journalist who has been covering mergers and acquisitions for decades. He is the author of "A Giant Cow-Tipping by Savages". He is the editor and founder of "The M&A Journal "where he s covered most of the major transactions and has profiled many of the big players. He is also a former editor at "The American Lawyer" where he worked for ten years; there he was in charge of two monthly magazines, one on M&A and one aimed at in-house law departments. Close started his career in Saudi Arabia as a stringer for the "Financial Times "and "The Wall Street Journal "