Warren Buffett’s approach to acquiring companies involves relying on his own research and analysis rather than depending on the opinion of investment bankers. He believes that investment bankers may not always provide trustworthy advice, as they may be incentivized to prioritize their own interests over those of the acquiring company.
“The idea of asking investment bankers or somebody to evaluate the businesses you’re going to buy, I mean, that strikes us as idiocy,” Buffett said at the 2000 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “If you don’t know enough about a business to decide whether to buy it yourself, you’d better forget it. It does not make sense. You bring in somebody who’s going to get a very large check if you buy it, and a very small check if you don’t, that displays a faith in human nature that would strain Charlie and me.”
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