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In the acquisition finance context, Trees are references to different bidders or financing sources. If a company puts itself up for sale (in an auction), there will be multiple bidders (generally Sponsors, but sometimes Strategic Buyers) looking at the Target, and each bidder will in turn be examining possible financing from a variety of banks. So if Sponsor A and Sponsor B were looking at the Target, and each had two possible financing sources (drafting commitment papers), there would be four financing Trees. Ideally, at least three of those Trees would be using Latham & Watkins.

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