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By Edward Ackerman, Ross Fieldston, Justin Hamill, Stephen Lamb, Toby S Myerson, Carl Reisner, Taurie Zeitzer, Frances Mi, Laura Bower
AutoInfo was a "100% agent-based" transportation services company that operated with no assets. The board consisted of two inside and three outside directors.
The boom and bust of the credit cycle has had a tremendous impact on the strategic M&A marketplace. During the cycle's upswing, strategic acquirors competed with—and were often outbid by—financial buyers with easy access to credit and a higher tolerance for leverage.