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Auctions: Getting the Best Value for Your Asset

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Given the competition for increasingly rare pipeline-fillers, most of today's licensing and M&A deals are auctions--a term used loosely to describe any situation where there's more than one bidder for an asset. But auctions come in various flavors; knowing which one to use requires a deep understanding of your asset, and its value to others.

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