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Adaptability typically needed in any business merger

When California companies plan to combine efforts and interests, planning and changes often take an extended period of time. Those involved typically must be open to compromise and prepared for delays to occur. The deadline for an upcoming business merger set to take place between two major insurance companies has been set back several months.

Humana and Aetna are two of the nation's five major insurance providers. The mega companies have been working on a business merger deal to blend their enterprises into one massive corporation. The initial deadline was set for the end of June 2016.

As is often the case when business transactions of this magnitude take place, a few stones are yet unturned regarding needed approvals and signatures in the merger. Thus, the original deadline has been pushed back to the end of December 2016. One spokesman said this is par for the course at such high levels of business and not a cause for concern.

The projected $37 billion deal apparently needs a few more approvals to obtain the required 20 approvals necessary for the business merger. During the planning stages of large-scale business deals in California or elsewhere, challenges and obstacles may arise that slow progress. Often, it is beneficial to consult with a business and commercial law attorney whose assistance may help prevent such delays. An experienced business lawyer is well aware of all state and federal laws pertaining to mergers and acquisitions and can offer suggestions regarding how best to protect business interests while moving forward toward a swift and satisfactory result.


Source:, "Humana, Aetna extend merger deadline", June 24, 2016

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