May, 2024

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Rescheduling Marijuana FAQs: Cannabis-Related Investments

JD Supra: Mergers

On May 21, 2024, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) filed the Proposed Rule to move marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to Schedule III of the CSA. In light of the rescheduling marijuana news, industry insiders anticipate a significant increase in cannabis-related investments and acquisition activity. While this anticipated increase in activity is exciting, it is no secret that those who have already invested capital into the cannabis industry have learned some hard.

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Bumble buys community building app Geneva to expand further into friendships

TechCrunch: M&A

Dating app maker Bumble has acquired Geneva, an online platform built around forming real-world groups and clubs. The company said that the deal is designed to help it expand its focus from “one-to-one connections to groups and communities” — friendships, in other words. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the announcement comes shortly […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Chobani Yogurt Founder Buys Anchor Brewing Company

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

Hamdi Ulukaya called the craft brewer, said to be the country’s oldest, a “grand jewel.” Anchor’s former owner, Sapporo, put it into liquidation last year, citing the effects of the pandemic.

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Buffett says Berkshire sold its entire Paramount stake: 'We lost quite a bit of money'

CNBC: Investing

"I was 100% responsible for the Paramount decision," Buffett said. "It was 100% my decision, and we've sold it all and we lost quite a bit of money.

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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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Business-First Hong Kong Now Comes With a Catch: Beijing Politics

The New York Times: Banking

The city, promised some autonomy by China, is trying to move on from a security law imposed by Beijing. Companies are learning that’s not always possible.

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AI-Specific Representations in Tech M&A

JD Supra: Mergers

Navigating the acquisition of any company which makes substantial use of artificial intelligence (AI) requires a nuanced understanding of both its technological intricacies and legal complexities. As the landscape of AI continues to evolve rapidly, we expect to encounter myriad representations and warranties aimed at specific issues in intellectual property rights, data rights, and regulatory compliance relating to AI.

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Bugcrowd, the crowdsourced white-hat hacker platform, acquires Informer to ramp up its security chops

TechCrunch: M&A

On the heels of raising $102 million earlier this year, Bugcrowd is making good on its promise to use some of that funding to make acquisitions to strengthen its security chops. The company — which crowdsources skills from more than half a million hackers to find and fix security vulnerabilities and other operational loopholes in […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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U.S. Sues to Break Up Ticketmaster Owner, Live Nation

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

Accused of violating antitrust laws, Live Nation Entertainment faces a fight that could reshape the multibillion-dollar live music industry.

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Warren Buffett says AI scamming will be the next big 'growth industry'

CNBC: Investing

Artificial intelligence has both "enormous potential for good and enormous potential for harm," the investing guru said during Berkshire's annual meeting.

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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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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Consumer Watchdog’s Funding

The New York Times: Banking

A decision against the agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have cast doubt on all of its regulations and enforcement actions.

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Regulation and fragmentation’s influence on the current liquidity landscape

The TRADE

The constantly shifting liquidity landscape is characterised by the availability and ease with which assets can be bought and sold without significant changes in price. Particularly in Europe, we are witnessing shifts in this dynamic, as well as increasingly fragmented liquidity within the region. This landscape has experienced notable evolutions in recent years due to advancements in technology, increased market participation, and regulatory changes.

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New Statute of Limitations Impacts M&A and International Trade Compliance

JD Supra: Mergers

New developments in international trade laws will have tangible and far-reaching impacts on transactions as well as day-to-day business operations. President Biden’s signing of HR 815 means that once time-barred historic events are now fair game.

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Article | Make room at the adult table for CUSOs

Successful Acquisitions

Make room at the adult table for CUSOs It’s an old, but often true, phrase that some things get better with age. From wines and cheeses to flannel shirts and blue jeans, maturity is often associated with a high comfort level and feelings of security. CUSOs have undergone a maturation process as well, advancing with the times and with technologies. And now they are perfectly positioned to assist credit unions in some of their more “mature” spaces often associated with the back office.

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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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Sony and Apollo in Talks to Acquire Paramount

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

After letting exclusive talks with the movie studio Skydance lapse, Paramount’s directors met over the weekend and decided to negotiate with all the suitors.

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Berkshire cuts Apple investment by about 13%, Buffett hints that it's for tax reasons

CNBC: Investing

Berkshire reported that its Apple bet was worth $135.4 billion, implying around 790 million shares. That would mark a decline of around 13% in the stake.

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Judge Blocks New U.S. Rule Limiting Credit Card Late Fees

The New York Times: Banking

Set to take effect on Tuesday, the rule would save households $10 billion a year in “junk fees,” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said.

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Why IT Leaders Are Evolving the Network into a High-Performance Digital Engine

Cisco: M&A

The new 2024 Global Networking Trends Report is a compelling look at networking readiness among global IT organizations. We heard from 2,050 IT professionals in 13 countries about their investment strategies and the advanced architectures and capabilities they believe will prove transformational within the next two years.

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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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U.S. Steel-Nippon Steel Merger: A Potent Catalyst for U.S.-Japan Relations and Technological Advancement

JD Supra: Mergers

As the proposed $14.9 billion acquisition of U.S. Steel by Nippon Steel garners global attention, its implications extend far beyond mere corporate gains. This merger symbolizes a strengthening of the crucial U.S.-Japan economic and strategic partnership, promising significant investment in American infrastructure, workforce development, and industrial innovation.

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Six Ways Cost Synergies Are A Benefit Of M&A

Benchmark International

In any merger or acquisition, the buyer and seller anticipate synergy will be crucial. Synergy in M&A can manifest in several forms, but cost synergy is one of these critical areas. It is essential to note that cost synergy is not the same as revenue or financial synergy. We will delve into those topics in upcoming articles.

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U.S. Plans to Accuse Live Nation of Defending a Monopoly

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

Live Nation Entertainment, the concert giant that owns Ticketmaster, faces a fight that could reshape the multibillion-dollar live music industry.

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'Big Short' trader Danny Moses is still betting against Tesla, says core business is 'falling apart'

CNBC: Investing

"Everything is kind of falling apart in their core business," Moses Ventures founder Danny Moses told CNBC's "Fast Money.

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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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Ampla, a Lender to Consumer Brands, Faces Financial Struggles

The New York Times: Banking

Ampla, which lent money to smaller businesses that sold clothing, home furnishings and other items directly to consumers, is struggling financially and seeking a buyer.

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Make Your Buildings Smarter with Cisco Spaces Cloud

Cisco: M&A

See how Cisco Spaces lets your existing network infrastructure become a sensor that allows you to extract network data to make your buildings smarter.

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FTC and DOJ Seek Public Help Identifying “Serial Acquisition Strategy” Targets

JD Supra: Mergers

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on Thursday, May 23, that they are expanding their search for businesses using “roll up” strategies to consolidate competitors and reduce competition across the U.S. economy. Previously, the agencies had primarily focused their efforts on the healthcare industry, but this latest joint Request for Information invites members of the public to submit “examples” of companies using a “serial

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What investors can takeaway from Q1 bank earnings reports

American Banker - Investment Banking

What lies ahead for the banking industry this year? Here's what analysts and investors are tracking after the latest bank earnings reports.

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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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DOJ to Sue Live Nation, Accusing It of Defending a Monopoly

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

Live Nation Entertainment, the concert giant that owns Ticketmaster, faces a fight that could reshape the multibillion-dollar live music industry.

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China's hot EV market is no longer focused solely on lower sticker prices. Which stocks to watch

CNBC: Investing

Despite new U.S. tariffs, Chinese electric cars are already moving into a new phase of competition that's no longer centered only on selling prices.

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China Has a Plan for Its Housing Crisis. Here’s Why It’s Not Enough.

The New York Times: Banking

A new approach by China’s top leaders is bold but pales against the problem: a vast number of empty apartments no one wants to buy.

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