Merger and Acquisitions Series _ Non_Binding Letter of Intent. One of the first steps in the merger and acquisition ("M&A") process after executing a confidentiality agreement ("Confi") or non_disclosure agreement ("NDA") is the issuance of a non binding letter of intent. A letter of intent, referred to as the "LOI", is a legal document that is provided to show interest in progressing with a transaction, such as to purchase, joint venture or merger.
The difference is a Letter of Intent is basically a letter stating the kind of offer you are contemplating in making. Usually it contains what I call the GENERAL items of price, terms and closing date. Most of the other legal STUFF is left out.