by Baz Hiralal | Published November 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Crowning hundreds of hours of analysis and voting by The Deal Pipeline community to find this year's Most Admired Corporate Dealmaker in nine industries, our writers have taken a deep dive into the winning strategies of this year's winners.
From serial acquirer IBM Corp. to Coca-Cola Co.'s evolving recipe for dealmaking, these features get to the bottom of how these strategies worked and take a look at what's ahead.
Beating the odds The nine winners of 2012's Most Admired Corporate Dealmakers reflect the formidable challenges of a post-crisis era of great change and choppy markets.Full story
Breaking up After years of being a top dealmaker, Abbott is doing its biggest deal yet as it breaks itself in two. Full story
Better living through M&A Two-hundred-year-old DuPont has experienced many changes. Now the chemical conglomerate is remaking itself into a food, renewable energy and biosciences conglomerate.Full story
Big Blue's bite-sized buys The computer, software and services giant has steadily transformed itself through serial acquisitions of smaller companies. It's not flashy, but it is effective.Full story
King of the pipe Kinder Morgan maintains a small, if disciplined, corporate dealmaking operation, even as the deals themselves get larger and more complex. Full story
Busy signals Verizon Communications faces lots of challenges as it builds out its wireless network and seeks out new technologies. And that means a corporate dealmaking operation that takes the long view.Full story