What Are Your Favorite Secondary Sources?
What are the best secondary sources for your practice area (the ones you can't live without), and why do you like them?
My favorite M&A secondary source is "Anatomy of a Merger" by James Freund. For those who aren't familiar, it's an old M&A treatise that explains, at a conceptual level, what's going on in an M&A deal, why, and how the parties should think about their strategic positions. It's old school and hefty. I think it's out of print, so copies are expensive, and it's something you're going to want to find in your firm's library (as opposed to on Amazon). But it's second to none in explaining the analytical underpinnings of M&A practice. I'm someone who has always needed to understand the "why" behind something in order to truly get my mind around it, so this is the book for me.
Other M&A lawyers: which is the resource for you?
My favorite Cap Markets resource is the Johnson and McLaughlin "Corporate Finance and the Securities Law". I'm sure all the firms have the binder version in their libraries. It does a great job of new only describing the key points of the U.S. securities law, it traces their provenance and lineage in a way that I think makes them much more easy to digest and understand (particularly if you're researching an interesting question that requires a judgment call of some sort). When I made a foray into Capital Markets practice in my time in the firm's London office, this book saved my life. Highly recommended.