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Robinhood acquires global crypto exchange Bitstamp for $200M

TechCrunch: M&A

Stock-trading app Robinhood is diving deeper into the cryptocurrency realm with the acquisition of crypto exchange Bitstamp. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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The Importance of Having a National Security Strategy

JD Supra: Mergers

The United States and an increasing number of other countries are evaluating the impact of foreign investment on their countries’ national security posture. Generally, foreign investment regulatory regimes allow regulators to approve transactions, block transactions or place conditions on the approval, including divesture of foreign financial interests, data protection controls, and other restrictions that attempt to prevent the exfiltration of intellectual property, confidential or sensitive.

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Non-Competes: Implications of FTC’s New Rule for M&A

Deal Lawyers

The FTC’s final rule on non-competes contains a sale of business exception that’s not as restrictive as originally proposed, but as this Mintz memo discusses, there’s still plenty for buyers to think about as they attempt to navigate the rule in M&A transactions.

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Key antitrust findings - May 2024

JD Supra: Mergers

This newsletter is a summary of the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business. David Higbee (Global Head of Antitrust) and Dominic Long (Global Deputy Head of Antitrust) are our editors this month. They have selected: ON THIS PAGE - - U.K. finalizes new consumer, antitrust and digital markets regime - Federal Trade Commission’s case against PE firm dismissed but challenge to serial acquisitions continues.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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European Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates for First Time Since 2019

The New York Times: Banking

The reduction comes as inflation in the eurozone cools, prompting the E.C.B. to move before the Federal Reserve in the United States, where rates remain high.

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Office Buildings’ Losses Are Growing, With More Pain to Come

The New York Times: Banking

The distress in commercial real estate is growing as some office buildings sell for much lower prices than just a few years ago.

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The Major Shift into Minority Investments

JD Supra: Mergers

The venture capital markets are experiencing a prolonged expansion in both the number and type of investors willing to make minority (non-controlling) investments. This heightened competition for investment opportunities and the increasing diversity of competitors in these markets is providing new opportunities for growth companies across a wide range of industry sectors, but also presents new challenges for investors.

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Types of Synergies achieved through M&A

Benchmark International

Synergies are achieved by combining two companies to improve overall performance, create scale, lower costs, and eliminate redundancies. We recently shared an article covering the many possible cost synergy benefits of mergers and acquisitions, but it’s important to remember that cost synergies differ from revenue and financial synergies. Let’s delve into the differences between the latter two.

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Delaware Court Denies Dismissal of Claims Based on Controller and Financial Advisor Conflicts

JD Supra: Mergers

On May 31, 2024, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an important decision addressing several key areas of Delaware law related to merger litigation. The opinion indicates that the court will continue to closely scrutinize potential conflicts of interest in M&A transactions involving controlling stockholders and financial advisors, particularly as to disclosures concerning their fees and relationships.

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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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JPMorgan upgrades this beaten-down payments stock, says it can surge 50%

CNBC: Investing

Analyst Yuri Fernandes upgraded Cayman Islands-based StoneCo to overweight from neutral, citing the stock's appealing annual earnings potential of 20%.

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How the Humane AI Pin Flopped

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

Humane’s Ai Pin was supposed to free people from smartphones, but sales have been slow. Now Humane is talking to HP and others about a potential sale.

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Cisco AI Assistant for Managing Firewall Policies Is Now Available

Cisco: M&A

See how administrators can use AI Assistant to effortlessly manage firewall devices, configure policies, and access reference materials whenever required, streamlining their workflow and boosting overall efficiency.

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This chip stock just won a big Google contract and is carving out its niche in AI

CNBC: Investing

This likely winner of a big chip contract from Google could see shares rally another 20% from here, according to JPMorgan.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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When a Bank Rescinds a Job Offer Because It Canceled Your Credit Card

The New York Times: Banking

Last year, JPMorgan Chase wanted to pay Mansoor Shams a low-six-figure salary to work in a marketing role. Then it reviewed his account activity.

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Securing Meraki Networks with Cisco XDR

Cisco: M&A

Discover how the Cisco XDR and Meraki MX integration provides advanced threat detection and network insights. Join us at Cisco Live 2024 for a demo.

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4 Strategies Regulators Are Adopting in 2024 to Mitigate Risks & Restore Confidence in the Banking System

Global Banking & Finance

4 Strategies Regulators Are Adopting in 2024 to Mitigate Risks & Restore Confidence in the Banking System P.Venkatesh, Director – Thought Leadership Maveric Systems Limited 2020s has been a decade of quite a few technological and geopolitical shifts that have had a significant impact on global financial markets.

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Patria Signs Agreement to Acquire Nexus Capital, Further Expanding its Real Estate Platform in Colombia

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

Transaction advances Patria’s efforts to consolidate the region’s fragmented Real Estate market by adding a diversified and well-established platform in Colombia with approximately US$ 800 million in assets under management across multiple strategies Transaction advances Patria’s efforts to consolidate the region’s fragmented Real Estate market by adding a diversified and well-established platform in Colombia with approximately US$ 800 million in assets under management across multiple strategie

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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Thursday's analyst calls: Walmart price target increase, Capital One gets an upgrade

CNBC: Investing

A retail giant and a bank were among the stocks being talked about by analysts on Thursday.

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Achieving Work-Life Balance: Insights from Experts on Maintaining Harmony

Global Banking & Finance

Achieving Work-Life Balance: Insights from Experts on Maintaining Harmony In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining a healthy work-life balance has become more challenging yet crucial than ever. The increasing demands of both professional and personal life can leave individuals feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and burnt out.

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A cautious way to make a bullish bet on one of the major stocks still left to report earnings

CNBC: Investing

Mike Khouw gives the trading set-up on Oracle ahead of earnings.

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Mike Lynch, U.K. Tech Mogul, Is Acquitted of Fraud

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

Mr. Lynch, who was accused of defrauding Hewlett-Packard after it paid $11 billion for his software company, spent a decade working to clear his name.

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.

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This Fidelity portfolio manager says Nvidia has a 'huge moat' and can keep rallying

CNBC: Investing

Adam Benjamin, the primary manager of the Fidelity Select Technology Portfolio, told CNBC why he thinks Nvidia can maintain its momentum.

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EIB Group activity in Austria in 2023

European Investment Bank

In 2023, the European Investment Bank Group, comprising the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF), directed its financing in Austria mainly to projects that support renewable energies, water supply and social housing. The Group committed a total of €1.26 billion in investment to the country through 24 financing operations, including nine EIF equity and guarantee transactions.

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Three stocks to play the booming energy needs of AI data centers, according to BTIG

CNBC: Investing

Companies that can supply energy fast will benefit as data centers face a power squeeze.

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Even After Multiplan, Pleading Standards Still Have Teeth in SPAC Cases

Sidley Shareholder Litigation

In 2022, the Delaware Court of Chancery decided In re MultiPlan Corp. S’holders Litig. , 268 A.3d 784 (Del. Ch. 2022) (“ Multiplan ”), a landmark case setting the legal framework for assessing claims that the directors of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (“SPAC”) breached their fiduciary duties in connection with “de-SPAC” mergers. Given the popularity of de-SPAC mergers, in which the SPAC merges with a private target company and takes it public, the Delaware courts have been faced with a s

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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Move over 'Magnificent 7,' the 'Fantastic 5' may offer higher earnings and return potential

CNBC: Investing

Thornburg Investment Management touted a group of European stocks, dubbed the 'Fantastic Five,' boasting potential earnings growth greater than the 'Mag 7.

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M&A as a Talent Strategy: Addressing the IT Skills Gap in MSPs

Sun Acquisitions

In the rapidly evolving landscape of information technology (IT), Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are increasingly confronted with the challenge of sourcing skilled and certified IT professionals. This challenge is magnified by the growing complexity of IT environments and the accelerating pace of technological change. One innovative solution that has emerged is the use of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a talent acquisition strategy.

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Weatherford Capital Announces Strategic Investment in BusPatrol

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

Tampa, FL, June 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BusPatrol, the leader in school bus safety technology, today announced an investment from Weatherford Capital, a technology and business-to-government focused investment firm. Will Weatherford, cofounder of Weatherford Capital and Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, will join the Board with GI Partners and FIT Ventures to drive the next chapter of BusPatrol’s growth.

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