This is sort of a GQ thread but since I’m asking in the context of a movie I put it here. I bow to the will of the mods if it ends up moved.
In the movie Melanie Griffith works for Company A and Harrison Ford works for Company B. They engineer a deal whereby Company C buys Company D. How do Companies A and B make any money from this? I suppose that they would negotiate some sort of fee for brokering the deal, but why would Companies C and D go along with it? Couldn’t Company C figure out on its own that it wants to buy Company D without letting A and B nose around in its business? In the context of the movie, Trask hadn’t thought about buying radio to solve its various problems, but IRL how does a company that brokers deals between other companies to buy each other make any money off it and why do the companies being bought and sold need middlemen?