Whether negotiating to sell your company, merge with another company, or to acquire another company, each and every business transaction is different. But, there are Key Elements that must be addressed and included in the process to increase the likelihood of success and to reduce the risks of a lengthy, stressful, and expensive transaction.  I thought this recent article I found in allBusiness.com listed the high points very well.  And while focused on technology companies, the deal points listed herein are common to all deals and being aware of them and the purpose of each is important.  And this article lists them succinctly so I thiought it worth sharing.  Please let me know if you agree and if there is any other topics of interest you would like me to comment on.  Thanks for taking a look.  I hope you find it useful.