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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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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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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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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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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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What Are a Disclosure Statement and a Plan, and What Are the Key Elements of These Documents? – Creditor’s Rights Toolkit

JD Supra: Mergers

Disclosure statements and plans contain considerable information, and the most pressing issues for a creditor can vary depending on the nature of the creditor’s claim and its relationship with the debtor. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. This article discusses three common key issues that creditors often encounter during plan confirmation in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

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Longtime Tesla bull downgrades Tesla, calls for a 20% decline on potential scrapping of low-cost vehicle

CNBC: Investing

The tough times will continue for Tesla as the company pivots from building a low-cost entry vehicle, according to Deutsche Bank.

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Australia to introduce mandatory merger control

JD Supra: Mergers

The Australian Treasurer has announced the introduction of a mandatory suspensory merger control regime to come into effect on 1 January 2026. The reforms introduce significant procedural changes, limited appeal rights and greater scrutiny of creeping acquisitions and acquisitions by dominant firms.

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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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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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West Palm Beach Firefighters’ Pension Fund v. Moelis & Co.: An Affirmation of Statutory Board Authority

JD Supra: Mergers

The Delaware Court of Chancery decided two cases recently that may have a significant impact on future corporate action, in each stressing the need for corporate actors to follow statutory requirements, even when in potential tension with market practice. In a decision that may cause controlled companies to revisit existing stockholders agreements, the Delaware Court of Chancery in West Palm Beach Firefighters’ Pension Fund v.

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JPMorgan likes these mining stocks to play the upcoming Bitcoin halving

CNBC: Investing

The Bitcoin halving is estimated to take place in the next couple of days and mining companies are preparing for reduced rewards revenue.

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Sjunde AP-Fonden v. Activision Blizzard Inc.: What May be Common May not be Right

JD Supra: Mergers

In another impactful decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery in Sjunde AP-Fonden v. Activision Blizzard Inc. again stressed the importance of the statutory text of the DGCL to dismiss claims by the plaintiffs alleging that the board violated Section 251 of the DGCL in approving Activision Blizzard, Inc.’s merger with Microsoft, Corp. Originally Published in Quorum: Insights Into Corporate Governance, M&A and Securities Law - April 2024.

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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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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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Antitrust in Life Sciences: A Dialogue With Anna Vernet

JD Supra: Mergers

On March 26, 2024, Skadden hosted a discussion on key developments in antitrust enforcement in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors.

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These are the 10 most overvalued stocks in the S&P 500

CNBC: Investing

CNBC Pro screened FactSet data for stocks in the S&P 500 that have the largest premium valuation compared to their recent history.

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Canada's M&A Landscape and Deal Making Trends: Q1 2024

JD Supra: Mergers

United States and global M&A rebounded in the first quarter of 2024, powered by the return of mega deals worth US$10 billion or more. According to Bloomberg, global deal values are up about 21 percent year-on-year to more than US$660 billion in the first three months of the year, with the United States leading the charge.

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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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Earth Day: How we’re helping our social and environmental systems heal and thrive

Cisco: M&A

Earth Day was founded in the United States on April 22, 1970, to mark the emergence of the modern environmental movement, and it inspired more than 20 million Americans to take action.

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This language app is JPMorgan's favorite online education play with nearly 40% upside

CNBC: Investing

JPMorgan named Duolingo as its best idea in online education ahead of the Pittsburgh-based company's first-quarter earnings report.

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For Cisco Insider Wouter Hindriks, curiosity and passion for problem solving are keys to success.

Cisco: M&A

Cisco’s advocacy community, Cisco Insider Advocates , brings our customers together and provides a way for them to make powerful connections, expand their professional and personal networks, and learn … Read more on Cisco Blogs

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A measure of the market's internal strength suggests more downside is ahead for stocks

CNBC: Investing

Chart analyst David Keller breaks down the market's breadth to see if this pullback is almost over or just getting started.

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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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Hipgnosis Agrees to $1.4 Billion Deal to Sell to Concord

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

Hipgnosis, which owns the rights to songs by Justin Bieber and Neil Young, helped kick-start a rush on catalog sales. But its future has been in doubt.

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Here's what to know about adding foreign bond exposure to your portfolio

CNBC: Investing

Putting overseas fixed income into an investment lineup can add diversification, boost returns and help limit total bond risk.

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Cisco Hypershield: Security reimagined — hyper-distributed security for the AI-scale data center

Cisco: M&A

Today we introduced the most consequential security product in Cisco’s history: Cisco Hypershield.

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Netflix earnings are about to hit the Street. Here’s what traders need to know

CNBC: Investing

Wall Street will be listening for comments on the password-sharing crackdown when Netflix reports results postmarket Thursday.

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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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Exegy, ING and Optiver become latest members to join Sustainable Trading

The TRADE

Exegy, ING and Optiver have become the latest organisations to join non-profit organisation Sustainable Trading, which is dedicated to transforming environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices in the global markets landscape. The three firms join a growing list within Sustainable Trading’s global membership network of investment managers, banks, brokers, exchanges, trading platforms and service providers who share the goal of improving the sustainability of global markets.

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These companies slated to report next week have a history of beating earnings estimates, including one tech giant

CNBC: Investing

If the past is any indication, these stocks could rise next week if they again beat analyst earnings expectations.

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Sun Acquisitions Facilitates Sell-Side Engagement for Highly Specialized Catering Business serving Niche Markets

Sun Acquisitions

Sun Acquisitions announces its latest sell-side engagement, representing a well-established catering business in operation for over 30 years and based in Illinois. Equipped with a proficient management team, this niche catering business has grown significantly by delivering healthy, high-quality, organic meals to daycare centers, senior care facilities, and government establishments.