One must remember that in the world of big business, negotiations take place in the back room of every corporation. A sin if they didn't. Everything is for sale. Since it is for sale plans are always being made if such and such happens. CEO's may preach that their company is not for sale. This is true, no one has made an offer that is suitable. Today, any and every thing is for sale if the price is right. I mean every thing.
Example: I was a real estate salesman. An owner in an upper class section of town had a home, he was adamant that it was not for sale until I told him what a particular buyer was willing to pay for it. His response: If he will pay that much, the house is his. He sold it.
Again, everything is for sale if the price is right.