December, 2023

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Wall Street sees these beaten-down stocks making a comeback in 2024

CNBC: Investing

CNBC Pro looked for quality stocks with low debt that the Street thinks could see a turnaround in the new year.

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Adobe and Figma end $20B acquisition plans after regulatory headwinds in Europe

TechCrunch: M&A

Adobe’s $20 billion mega-bid to buy rival Figma is now officially dead, after the companies said today that regulatory pushback in Europe had caused them to put an end to the acquisition plans. “Although both companies continue to believe in the merits and procompetitive benefits of the combination, Adobe and Figma mutually agreed to terminate […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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EU and UK Merger Regulators Look Beyond Horizontal and Vertical, With Digital ‘Ecosystems’ a New Focus

JD Supra: Mergers

Key Points - - EU competition regulators are increasingly considering “ecosystems” of products and services in their analysis of the competitive impact of mergers — a framework that often does not fit with the historical focus on horizontal and vertical relationships.

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ESMA considering progressive penalties for settlement fails under CSDR revamp

The TRADE

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a consultation paper on the CSDR penalty regime seeking input on amendments which may include cash penalties that increase with the length of the settlement fail. The paper follows requests from the European Commission for technical advice on the regulation, with the consultation running to 29 February 2024.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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How Elon Musk and Larry Page’s AI Debate Led to OpenAI and an Industry Boom

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The people who were most afraid of the risks of artificial intelligence decided they should be the ones to build it. Then distrust fueled a spiraling competition.

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Asia's family offices have been betting big on risk — but that could be changing

CNBC: Investing

A global survey by Citi showed there has been a shift out of cash and into risk assets by family offices around the world — with one notable exception, Asia.

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Two of Africa’s largest B2B e-commerce platforms MaxAB and Wasoko in merger talks

TechCrunch: M&A

Egyptian B2B e-commerce startup MaxAB and Wasoko, a Kenya-based e-commerce player with operations in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, are in talks to merge operations, TechCrunch has exclusively learned from multiple sources. They say talks are still ongoing and the agreement hasn’t been finalized yet. The merger talks come as B2B e-commerce companies in Africa […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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2024 Insights: Antitrust

JD Supra: Mergers

As US Antitrust Agencies Double Down on Merger Enforcement Approach, New Deal Strategies Emerge The DOJ and FTC continue to pursue an aggressive merger enforcement agenda with new merger guidelines and filing requirements. Companies can still close deals if they structure them to “go the distance” and have a solid litigation strategy.

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World stocks at highest in over a year on rate cut bets

Global Banking & Finance

World stocks at highest in over a year on rate cut bets By Koh Gui Qing and Dhara Ranasinghe NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) -World stocks rallied to their highest level in more than a year on Wednesday, while the U.S.

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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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Manchester United Sells 25 Percent Ownership Stake to Jim Ratcliffe

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The billion-dollar deal leaves the team’s unpopular owners, the Glazer family, in control of the club, but it delegates important responsibilities to their new partner.

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The Debt Problem Is Enormous, and the System for Fixing It Is Broken

The New York Times: Banking

Economists offer alternatives to financial safeguards created when the U.S. was the pre-eminent superpower and climate change wasn’t on the agenda.

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BlackRock and China-led AIIB among backers of $800 million Asia-focused infrastructure fund

CNBC: Investing

Investor interest in the last few years largely stems from a desire for stable returns at a time of high inflation and heightened volatility in public markets.

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IBM to acquire StreamSets and WebMethods from Software AG for $2.3B

TechCrunch: M&A

IBM is doling out €2.13 billion ($2.3 billion) to acquire a duo of data integration assets from Germany-based enterprise software company Software AG. The all-cash deal will see IBM take ownership of StreamSets, a data integration platform that Software AG had acquired just last year, and WebMethods, which Software AG bought for more than $500 […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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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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As US Antitrust Agencies Double Down on Merger Enforcement Approach, New Deal Strategies Emerge

JD Supra: Mergers

Key Points - - New draft merger guidelines reflect the aggressive approach that has defined merger enforcement in the Biden administration, including novel theories of harm. - Proposed changes to HSR notification will make merger filings more burdensome while providing agencies with more information to assess mergers against the new guidelines.

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Asia shares at 5-month highs as rate cut bets pile up

Global Banking & Finance

Asia shares at 5-month highs as rate cut bets pile up By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) -Asian shares scaled five-month peaks on Thursday as market wagers on ever-more aggressive rate cuts extended a huge rally in U.S. stocks and bonds, while also leaving plenty of scope for disappointment in the new year.

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Serious Medical Errors Rose After Private Equity Firms Bought Hospitals

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

A new study shows an increase in the rate of inpatient complications, including infections and falls, though patients were no more likely to die.

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U.S. and Europe Eye Russian Assets to Aid Ukraine as Funding Dries Up

The New York Times: Banking

Despite legal reservations, policymakers are weighing the consequences of using $300 billion in Russian assets to help Kyiv’s war effort.

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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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Buying property in Asia? Real estate specialists give their investment tips

CNBC: Investing

It's a good time for homeowners in Hong Kong to buy now, but investors hunting for yield might want to think twice, says Peter Churchouse of Portwood Capital.

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Cisco to acquire cloud-native networking and security startup Isovalent

TechCrunch: M&A

Cisco announced this morning that it intends to acquire Isovalent, a cloud-native security and networking startup that should fit well with the company’s core networking and security strategy. The companies did not share the purchase price. Isovalent has helped develop eBPF, a key open source technology that gives developers deep insight into the operating system […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Antitrust Enforcement in the Health Care Sector to remain a key focus in the Biden Administration

JD Supra: Mergers

On December 7, 2023, the White House announced a series of initiatives to “lower health care and prescription drug costs by promoting competition.” Citing increasing concentration in the health care industry among payers, providers, and drug companies, the Administration outlined new inter-agency efforts to stop what it views to be “anticompetitive mergers and anticompetitive practices by dominant corporations in health care markets.”.

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The TRADE predictions series 2024: Utilising data for better outcomes

The TRADE

Paul Humphrey, chief executive officer, BMLL Technologies Back in 2020, we said the race for speed was over, and the global race for quality data and analytics was on. We see this continuing, and the industry-wide lack of quant resources – critical for researching, analysing and understanding market behaviour – adds both complexity and urgency to this race.

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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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Warner Bros. Discovery in Talks to Merge With Paramount

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The talks, which are said to be in the early stages, add Warner Bros. Discovery to the list of companies pursuing a possible deal with Paramount.

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Hochul Plans to Veto Ban on Noncompete Agreements in New York

The New York Times: Banking

The governor wanted to allow employers to use the agreements with high-paid workers, but was unable to work out a compromise with state lawmakers.

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JPMorgan picks China stocks to buy now. Alibaba’s not on the list

CNBC: Investing

Some big-name Chinese stocks are starting to emerge from a downbeat few quarters, making it them "timely buys" for the year ahead, JPMorgan analysts said.

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Docker acquires AtomicJar, a testing startup that raised $25M in January

TechCrunch: M&A

AtomicJar was seemingly a high flying early stage startup with a hefty (by today’s standards) $25 million Series A last January. It was building a commercial container testing platform, based on a popular open source project, always a nice combination. It would seem it was time to find product-market fit and take off, but instead […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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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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Private Sector Space Projects Take Off, Leaving Legal Unknowns in Their Contrails

JD Supra: Mergers

Key Points - - Private enterprise is now driving the long state-dominated space sector. - As geopolitical tensions mount, and growth in the wider tech M&A market slows, commercial activity in outer space — including M&A — remains resilient because of the sector’s strategic significance.

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The TRADE predictions series 2024: Digital assets

The TRADE

Duncan Trenholme and Simon Forster, global co-heads of digital assets, TP ICAP We expect 2024 to see the wholesale cryptoasset market professionalise and become increasingly serviced by traditional brands and providers. Spot exchange operating models will continue to unbundle, with the separation of execution and custody becoming the default for institutional market participants; this unbundling will protect investors.

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Yellow Rejects a Bid to Restart Trucking Company

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

In a letter, Yellow’s management said an effort to buy the company and revive its operations by an executive from a different trucking firm was “not viable.