June, 2024

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SAP to acquire digital adoption platform WalkMe for $1.5B

TechCrunch: M&A

SAP sees WalkMe's focus on automating contextual, in-app support as bringing value to its own enterprise customers. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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The First Bank to Collapse in 2024: What Led to the Failure of Republic Bank

JD Supra: Mergers

The first bank to meet its demise in 2024 is smaller than its 2023 counterparts. In 2023 we saw Silicon Valley Bank (“SVB”) and First Republic Bank (“First Republic”) fail. The most recent bank to experience a failure bears a striking resemblance – in name only – to one of these banks.

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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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Career Satisfaction – Is Happiness Enough?

H. Friedman Search

“Do you know what the number one response recruiters get when they ask anyone about their desire to hear about new opportunities? Yup, “I’m happy here.” So, I must assume that everyone that we speak to – as recruiters – is experiencing perfect career satisfaction in their current position, but you and I both know that is not the case.

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How to Avoid Getting "Ghosted": Top 3 Secrets to Staying Relevant with Gen Z

Speaker: Brian Muse-McKenney, Chief Revenue Officer & Matt Simester, Cards and Payments Expert

In today’s world of social media, dating apps, and remote work, businesses risk becoming irrelevant or getting "ghosted" if they fail to meet the evolving needs of Gen Z consumers. In this new webinar, Brian Muse-McKenney of Episode Six and Matt Simester of Payments Consultancy Limited will reveal key considerations banks should factor into their efforts to develop target products for the next generation of bank customers.

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Janet Yellen: Use Russia’s Assets to Support Ukraine

The New York Times: Banking

The U.S. treasury secretary explains why America and its allies should unlock the value of Russian capital immobilized at the start of the war to give Ukraine the financing it needs.

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway raked in billions from BYD, the China EV maker Munger called a 'damn miracle'

CNBC: Investing

The BYD bet turned out to be one of Berkshire's best, with its value ballooning to $8 billion at BYD's peak as the EV market exploded.

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Court of Chancery Issues First Dismissal of a SPAC Disclosure Complaint

JD Supra: Mergers

In January 2022, Vice Chancellor Lori Will of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a groundbreaking opinion in In re MultiPlan Corp. Stockholders Litigation that paved the way for SPAC stockholders to bring direct breach of fiduciary duty claims against SPAC boards and sponsors. In the ruling, the court clarified that “well-worn fiduciary principles” under Delaware law would apply to SPAC board decisions.

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OpenAI buys Rockset to bolster its enterprise AI

TechCrunch: M&A

The Rockset buy fits into OpenAI's broader recent strategy of investing heavily in its enterprise sales and tech orgs. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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The Key to Getting Hired – Ease of Doing Business

H. Friedman Search

What do Nordstrom and Amazon have in common? The simple answer is the ease of doing business with these two great companies. Nordstrom, a famous department store on the West Coast, is known for their ability to take returns back with no questions asked, a philosophy the owners began with and has never changed in their almost one hundred twenty-five years of history.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Detroit Nonprofit CFO Accused of Stealing $40 Million

The New York Times: Banking

Prosecutors said the financial chief of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy used the group’s funds for personal purchases from Louis Vuitton and a diamond dealer.

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Volkswagen Will Invest Up to $5 Billion in EV Maker Rivian

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

VW and Rivian, a maker of electric trucks that has struggled to increase sales and break even, will work together on software and other technologies.

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Roaring Kitty's GameStop stake grows to 9 million shares after selling his big options position

CNBC: Investing

Keith Gill posted a new screenshot of his E-Trade portfolio after the bell Thursday showing that he is now holding more than 9 million GameStop shares.

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eDiscovery Under Economic Pressure: May 2024 HSR and BEA Data Analysis

JD Supra: Mergers

The landscape of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) continues to evolve, influenced by economic shifts and regulatory frameworks. For eDiscovery professionals, staying abreast of these changes is essential for providing timely and effective support in legal and regulatory matters. The latest data from the Premerger Notification Office and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) provides crucial insights into the current M&A activity and economic conditions, underscoring the need for robust eDi

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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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Nubank acquires AI-for-banks startup Hyperplane

TechCrunch: M&A

Hyperplane focused on allowing banks to train their own models to power tools across their risk, collections and marketing departments. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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CME Group expands Google Cloud partnership to launch new futures and options platform

The TRADE

CME Group has enhanced its partnership with Google Cloud as it plans for a new private cloud region and co-location facility in Illinois aimed at bolstering its markets offering for futures and options. Terry Duffy The plan is to build a new private Google Cloud region to support CME Group’s global trading, offering derivatives traders access to “cloud-based, ultra-low-latency networking and high-performance computing”.

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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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U.S. Clears Way for Antitrust Inquiries of Nvidia, Microsoft and OpenAI

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission agreed to divide responsibility for investigating three major players in the artificial intelligence industry.

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Deliver Mission Critical Insights in Real Time with Data & Analytics

In the fast-moving manufacturing sector, delivering mission-critical data insights to empower your end users or customers can be a challenge. Traditional BI tools can be cumbersome and difficult to integrate - but it doesn't have to be this way. Logi Symphony offers a powerful and user-friendly solution, allowing you to seamlessly embed self-service analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting directly into your applications.

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Transforming a Global Bank’s Customer Contact Centre Operations Through Maveric Systems’ AI-Powered Solution

Global Banking & Finance

Transforming a Global Bank’s Customer Contact Centre Operations Through Maveric Systems’ AI-Powered Solution By Kishan Sundar, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer – Key Accounts, Maveric Systems Limited In the competitive banking landscape, customer service quality is a crucial differentiator. Poor customer service is the primary reason customers switch banks.

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Understanding Client Motivations: Key to Making a Significant Impact

JD Supra: Mergers

Jeff Faulkner, co-founder of the International Succession Planning Association, speaks about the challenges that arise when transferring ownership of a business to the next generation. In the video, he points out the limitation of gifting without paying gift taxes in the United States and how it can make the transfer of business stock to the next generation difficult.

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Squarespace sells restaurant reservation system Tock to American Express for $400M

TechCrunch: M&A

Website building platform Squarespace is selling Tock, its restaurant reservation service, to American Express in a deal worth $400 million — the exact figure that Squarespace paid for the service three years ago. Separately, AmEx will be buying Rooam, a mobile payments and ordering platform that integrates with point-of-sale systems. Terms of the Rooam deal […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Beyond the Data: Hedge funds loving their algos more than ever before

The TRADE

The past year has seen vast improvement across the algorithmic trading space when it came to hedge funds’ strategies, new data from The TRADE has found. In fact, overall, 2024 has proved to be a banner year for algorithmic trading providers, with the overall rating for performance sitting at 5.86 – significantly higher than 2023 and demonstrating the highest survey average from hedge fund respondents since we began tracking their results separately in 2016.

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Using Data & Analytics for Improving Healthcare Innovation and Outcomes

In the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, delivering data insights to end users or customers can be a significant challenge for product managers, product owners, and application team developers. The complexity of healthcare data, the need for real-time analytics, and the demand for user-friendly interfaces can often seem overwhelming. But with Logi Symphony, these challenges become opportunities.

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Fearing Losses, Banks Are Quietly Dumping Real Estate Loans

The New York Times: Banking

If landlords can’t pay back loans on office buildings, the lenders will suffer. Some banks are trying to avoid that fate.

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These parts of the stock market are already priced for recession, Northwestern CIO says

CNBC: Investing

Smaller companies are already trading like they've been beaten up by a weak economy, according to a top investor at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management.

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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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Navigating Culture in Mergers and Acquisitions: A Strategic Approach

JD Supra: Mergers

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) are often perceived as primarily financial transactions. However, the real success of these endeavors usually hinges on a less tangible but equally crucial factor: organizational culture. In the landscape of M&A, the traditional focus on financial synergies and operational efficiencies can overshadow the importance of cultural alignment.

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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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Fabless AI chip makers Rebellions and Sapeon to merge as competition heats up in global AI hardware industry

TechCrunch: M&A

South Korea’s fabless AI chip industry saw a slew of fundraising events over the last couple of years as demand for hardware to power AI applications skyrocketed, and it seems the space is already consolidating. Two of the country’s prominent fabless AI chip startups, Rebellions and Sapeon, have agreed to merge, the companies said on […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Indonesia Stock Exchange taps Nasdaq to build out market infrastructure

The TRADE

Nasdaq and the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) have expanded their technology partnership which will see the former upgrade its core trading platform to Nasdaq’s most advanced matching engine. The expanded partnership will also include an extension of Nasdaq’s market surveillance partnership with IDX, alongside an agreement to enhance IDX’s index business to help foster a global capital markets ecosystem.

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Dilemma on Wall Street: Short-Term Gain or Climate Benefit?

The New York Times: Banking

Portfolio managers have conflicting incentives as the economic and financial risks from climate change become more apparent but remain imprecise.