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Goodwin Procter’s Poker Player Goes All In for Tech M&A



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Happy Friday. It’s Jennah and Liana in New York. Today, Goodwin Procter partner Aly Simons talks about high-stakes deals and how her poker game comes into play. And it wouldn’t be a Deals newsletter without the latest on the Twitter-Musk battle. 

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Alessandra “Aly” Simons has put her mark on several high-profile deals. As a partner and co-chair of tech M&A at Goodwin Procter, she helped sell to Twilio, BlueJeans to Verizon, and Smyte to Twitter. On the buyside, her clients snagging targets have included Eventbrite, Qualtrics and GoFundMe. Simons is hopeful that there are plenty more deals to be had this year, and she does bring her poker skills to the negotiating table. Here are excerpts from our conversation. —Jennah Haque and Liana Baker