Project Spy has accelerated. Somehow word has leaked out that the unit is potentially on the block. I don't think that it is anything concrete, but rumors are swirling. It started with a rather glaring oversight on the part of a senior Spy, Inc. employee. At least it wasn't us.
Now matters are somewhat tense. As soon as a unit finds out it might be on the block, fear becomes a danger. Employees start to seek new positions, in light of the uncertainty and the assumption that mass firings will follow the acquisition. People who never would have considered leaving before now begin to explore options and, occasionally, discover they have them. The unit can become a "deteriorating" asset quickly. The longer a transaction takes, the less the unit will command.
Of course, if all the talent leaves (and usually its the talent that has the most options and therefore the highest churn) the unit becomes worth less. Time has become even more of the essence. Time is, however, on our side in this case. I can see the strain on Armin's face as he labors to resist taking advantage.