NEW YORK — It’s unlikely that anyone anywhere had a better vantage point than Peter J. Solomon as last month’s acquisition negotiations between Calvin Klein Inc. and Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. neared completion.

Solomon, chairman of the investment bank that bears his name, has advised PVH for two decades and has been a PVH director for the better part of that time. He helped steer the company toward a number of deals it elected to go ahead with (such as the acquisitions of Izod and Gant) and quite a few that it passed on. In 2002, it represented Lands’ End in its sale to Sears, Roebuck & Co. and is currently involved in investment projects for companies including The Warnaco Group, Delia’s and, most recently, Kasper ASL.

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