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Cross-Border M&A Opportunities Favor the Prepared

JD Supra: Mergers

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) unlock growth, diversification, and a stronger global stance for businesses. These strategic moves enable firms from different nations to blend resources, making way into new markets, tapping into unique technologies, enhancing products, and realizing economies of scale and scope.

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Lacework, last valued at $8.3B, is in talks to sell for just $150M to $300M, say sources

TechCrunch: M&A

Consolidation continues apace in the world of security. Sources tell us that Lacework — a cloud security startup that was valued at $8.3 billion post-money in its last funding round — is in talks to be acquired by another security player, Wiz, for a price of just $150-$200 million. Sources close to the negotiations said […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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You Can’t Replace The Human Factor: Technology & The Role Of The Recruiter

H. Friedman Search

It’s time to explore the changing role of the recruiter with the advent of technology. Everywhere we turn, AI (artificial intelligence) is being applied to make everyone’s job a bit easier. From the blog writer to the medical profession, AI is being utilized. Most blogs written now are being written completely or at least assisted in one way or another with Chat GPT.

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Scaling to a Billion: Ross Turner on Raising Capital, Building High Performing Teams & More

How2Exit

b' E203: Scaling to a Billion: Ross Turner on Raising Capital, Building High Performing Teams & More - Watch Here rn rn About the Guest(s): rn Ross Turner is a seasoned digital marketing expert with over 18 years of experience in the industry. He has a background in direct response marketing and has worked with various successful businesses, including a supplement company where he served as CEO.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Adjustment Disputes: Seller Ordered to Pay Buyer 2x Purchase Price

Deal Lawyers

You read that right! This Cleary blog addresses a late February Delaware Chancery opinion confirming an arbitration award. SM Buyer LLC v. RMP Seller Holdings, LLC (Del. Ch.

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Webflow acquires Intellimize to add AI-powered webpage personalization

TechCrunch: M&A

Webflow, a web design and hosting platform that’s raised over $330 million at a $4 billion valuation, is expanding into a new sector: marketing optimization. Today, Webflow announced that it acquired Intellimize, a startup leveraging AI to personalize websites for unique visitors. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. But a source familiar with the […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Sony in Talks to Join a Bid to Buy Paramount

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The company and Apollo Global Management are discussing a joint effort, even as Paramount conducts exclusive merger negotiations with Skydance.

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Sam Turner's Journey from Corporate Finance to Building an Empire of Small Businesses

How2Exit

b' E204: Sam Turner's Journey from Corporate Finance to Building an Empire of Small Businesses - Watch Here rn rn About the Guest(s): rn Sam Turner, from the UK, is an experienced professional with a 22-year career in the travel industry. With a strong finance background, Sam served as the Financial Director (FD) of a significantly large business owned by private equity, engaging in the integration of acquired competitors and managing the commercial function globally.

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FTC Open Meeting: Non-Competes on the Agenda Next Tuesday

Deal Lawyers

This week, the FTC announced an open meeting next Tuesday, April 23rd. The Commission is scheduled to vote on final rules — previously proposed in January 2023 — that “would generally prevent most employers from using noncompete clauses.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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Directors Quarterly - Insights from the Board Leadership Center - April 2024

JD Supra: Mergers

Directors Quarterly: April 2024- With the explosion of generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI), companies are facing the challenge of moving quickly—but not too quickly. Gen AI governance has moved to the top of many board agendas as directors understand the potential competitive advantages as well as the potential risks that the transformative technology poses for the company and its strategy.

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Bitcoin just completed its fourth-ever 'halving,' here’s what investors need to watch now

CNBC: Investing

In the wake of the latest Bitcoin halving, there may be some speculative trading. Other key events will also be in focus.

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China’s First Quarter Results Show Growth Propelled by Its Factories

The New York Times: Banking

China’s big bet on manufacturing helped to counteract its housing slowdown in the first three months of the year, but other countries are worried about a flood of Chinese goods.

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Why Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon has become an AI believer

American Banker - Investment Banking

The New York megabank is working to deploy artificial intelligence as it seeks to make its own operations more efficient. Solomon also sees an "unprecedented" opportunity in financing clients' needs as they invest in AI.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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Stock Repurchase Excise Tax: Treasury and IRS Announce Proposed Regulations

Deal Lawyers

Shortly after the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, a number of tricky interpretive issues regarding the stock repurchase excise tax were identified, and the IRS published temporary interim guidance in Notice 2023-2. John blogged about the application of that interim guidance to SPACs in early 2023.

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Takeaways for In-House Counsel from the SEC’s “Shadow Insider Trading” Trial

JD Supra: Mergers

On April 5, 2024, a jury in California federal court found a former corporate executive liable for insider trading in SEC v. Panuwat, a novel enforcement action involving a theory known as “shadow trading.” In Panuwat, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) takes the position that the insider trading laws apply where an insider uses material non-public information about his or her own company to trade securities of another company, such as a competitor or peer company in the same.

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Wintrust Financial Corporation and Macatawa Bank Corporation Announce Plans to Merge

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

ROSEMONT, Ill. and HOLLAND, Mich., April 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wintrust Financial Corporation (“Wintrust”) (Nasdaq: WTFC) and Macatawa Bank Corporation (“Macatawa”) (Nasdaq: MCBC) today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Wintrust to acquire Macatawa in an all-stock transaction. Macatawa is the parent company of Macatawa Bank, a Michigan state-chartered bank, which is headquartered in Holland, Michigan and operates a network of 26 full-service b

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Top Wall Street analysts pick these 3 dividend stocks for higher returns

CNBC: Investing

TipRanks' analyst ranking service highlights Wall Street's best-performing stocks, including Cisco Systems and Goldman Sachs.

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How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, app owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework from Software Pricing Partners explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings. You’ll learn: How to take a disciplined approach to pricing The three elements of the Packaging Decision Framework Ways to structure your new embedded analytics offering Download the White Paper to learn about How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics.

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Amid probes, Morgan Stanley vows not to change its wealth strategy

American Banker - Investment Banking

Morgan Stanley CEO Ted Pick downplayed the importance of government investigations into potential money laundering issues involving wealth management clients. "We've been focused on our client on-boarding and monitoring processes for a good while," he said.

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National Security: Treasury Proposes Expansion of CFIUS Enforcement Authority

Deal Lawyers

Late last week, the Treasury Department announced the issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking “to enhance certain CFIUS procedures and sharpen its penalty and enforcement authorities.

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SEC Prevails in Novel "Shadow Trading" Insider Trading Trial

JD Supra: Mergers

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") won at trial in its first "shadow trading" case, holding a corporate official liable for insider trading for using nonpublic information about his company's acquisition to trade in securities of a third-party company that was not involved in the acquisition.

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Countdown Is On for the Bitcoin ‘Halving’

The New York Times: Banking

Bitcoin aficionados are hoping that a scheduled reduction in the number of new coins going into circulation will cause the price of the cryptocurrency to skyrocket.

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Embedded Analytics: A Force Multiplier for Business

The possibilities for embedded analytics to drive real value for businesses, end users, and society are as fascinating as they are limitless. No matter the industry, brand after brand is finding that analytics can be the solution to a multitude of business challenges. Go deep with five insightsoftware customers as they share the details of their analytics journeys and discuss the transformative power of data.

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Analyst whose downgrade is hitting Tesla says the investing case has structurally changed, sees earnings downside

CNBC: Investing

Deutsche Bank analyst Emmanuel Rosner is defending his decision downgrade Tesla as the company potentially shifts away from building its low-cost vehicle.

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Hedge funds told to strengthen liquidity preparedness for margin and collateral calls

The TRADE

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has released a consultation report highlighting the need for policy adjustments to address liquidity strains in the non-bank financial intermediaries (NBFI) sector – such as hedge funds – particularly during periods of heightened margin and collateral calls amidst market stress. Reflecting on past instances such as the March 2020 turmoil, Archegos incident, and stress in liability-driven investment funds in 2022, the report underscores the impact of suc

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Cisco Telemetry Broker (CTB) 2.1 Launch

Cisco: M&A

The ability to generate NetFlow from devices that do not natively produce it along with significant storage efficiency and improved workflows make for a significant update to CTB.

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Challenges to the Corporate Transparency Act

JD Supra: Mergers

The Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”), which became effective on January 1, 2024, requires certain domestic and foreign companies doing business in the United States to file a beneficial ownership report with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”). Originally Published in Quorum: Insights Into Corporate Governance, M&A and Securities Law - April 10, 2024.

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The Essential Guide to Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports and analytics in your application presents unique opportunities and poses unique challenges. We interviewed 16 experts across business intelligence, UI/UX, security and more to find out what it takes to build an application with analytics at its core. No matter where you are in your analytics journey, you will learn about emerging trends and gather best practices from product experts.

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A Huge Number of Homeowners Have Mortgage Rates Too Good to Give Up

The New York Times: Banking

On a scale not seen in decades, many Americans are stuck in homes they would rather leave.

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If you’re investing in the AI theme for the long haul, here’s how to pick the winners

CNBC: Investing

The excitement behind artificial intelligence is far from over. How to make smart decisions when investing behind the trend.

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Traversing the Peaks & Valleys of M&A

Align Business Advisory Services

Navigating the Peaks and Valleys of M&A: Trusting Your Sherpas for Success Embarking on a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) adventure is akin to scaling a mountain. The path is not always straightforward but is marked with peaks and valleys, presenting challenges and opportunities along the way. Just as in mountaineering, certain points in the dealmaking.

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