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Amazon’s $1.4B iRobot deal is dead. Now what?

TechCrunch: M&A

A year and a half after announcing its intention to acquire iRobot, Amazon’s deal is officially dead. All parties involved anticipated some level of regulatory scrutiny, but after a few decades of tech company consolidation, few expected this much friction. The deal had already passed through select international regulatory bodies, including the U.K.

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Court Stymies State Regulator’s Attempt to Block Bank-Credit Union Deal

JD Supra: Mergers

The last two years have seen a significant uptick in the number of transactions involving credit union acquisitions of banks with 26 deals announced and two transactions already announced in 2024. Yet, the law around these transactions remains somewhat unsettled and the path to regulatory approval is often not clear. These transactions are sometimes structured as an acquisition of the bank’s assets and the assumption of specified liabilities to avoid conflict with possible regulatory issues.

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How China Censors Critics of the Economy

The New York Times: Banking

As Beijing struggles with a slumping stock market and a collapsing real estate sector, commentary and even financial analysis it deems negative are blocked.

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How 'quiet luxury' is subtly taking over investor portfolios

CNBC: Investing

Quiet luxury was one of last year's biggest viral fashion trends, but unlike other short-lived fads, this one has made its way into investor portfolios.

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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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iRobot and Amazon call it quits, terminate acquisition agreement

TechCrunch: M&A

Amazon has ended its bid to acquire iRobot, the maker of robotic vacuums, after running up against headwinds with European regulators. Amazon and iRobot have opted to mutually terminate their previously announced acquisition agreement, under which Amazon would’ve purchased iRobot for ~$1.7 billion in cash (or slightly lower). In a press release, the companies said […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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U.S. Leading Soft Landing for Global Economy

The New York Times: Banking

Economies all over the world are lowering inflation while avoiding serious recession — but growth in the United States stands out.

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway keeps buying Liberty's SiriusXM tracking shares. Here's why

CNBC: Investing

In a likely merger arbitrage play, Berkshire Hathaway continues to add to its holding in Liberty Media tracking stock for satellite radio company SiriusXM.

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Podcast app Castro now owned by indie developer Bluck Apps

TechCrunch: M&A

Nearly two months after Castro, the third-party podcast app, announced it was seeking new ownership, the company revealed today that it has officially been bought by Bluck Apps, an independent app studio that developed Android podcast app Aurelian. In November, Castro’s future was questioned when a former employee, Mohit Mamoria, posted on X that the […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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What are the Potential Catalysts for M&A Resurgence in 2024?

JD Supra: Mergers

After a sluggish 2023 in which global merger and acquisition activity fell almost 20% to $2.87 trillion – the lowest level since 2013 – the question in the corporate world, is: ‘Will M&A roar back in 2024?’.

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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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Private Equity Is Starting to Share With Workers, Without Taking a Financial Hit

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The buyout giant KKR pioneered a model of granting ownership stakes to employees at portfolio companies. Now it wants the approach to spread.

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Launch of new ETFs may not affect bitcoin the same way they did gold, Citi says. Here’s why

CNBC: Investing

Maybe ETFs could benefit bitcoin down the road, but near term, it's more likely the cryptocurrency returns to high correlations with stocks, according to Citi.

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Signaling more consolidation may come, smart-bus startup Zeelo acquires Kura, a smaller player

TechCrunch: M&A

A small U.K. startup that combined a school bus service with a software platform to safeguard pupils has been acquired by “smart buses” startup Zeelo, which last year raised a $14 million war chest for expansion. Founded in the U.K. in 2010, Kura, which had previously raised £3.8 million in a private equity round from […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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The European Commission report on competition enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector

JD Supra: Mergers

On 26 January 2024, the European Commission published a report on competition enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector, highlighting the role of EU competition law in safeguarding market participants and consumers, particularly amid the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis. The report looks at enforcement from 2018 - 2022 and is a follow-up of the previous report which covered 2009 - 2017.

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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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Servexo Open to Grow With Ideal Capital Partner

The Deal

After being in business for more than a decade, security solutions provider Servexo Inc., which services the corporate, government, healthcare, education and utilities sectors, is prepared to entertain serious discussions with potential investors in the next three to six months. Servexo, headquartered in Gardena, Calif., has been bootstrapped since it was founded in 2012 and incorporated in 2013.

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Tesla is one of the most oversold stocks in the S&P 500 and could be due for a bounce

CNBC: Investing

Using the CNBC Pro Stock Screener tool, we looked for the most overbought and oversold names in the S&P 500 based on their 14-day relative strength index.

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BMLL brings Level 3 analytics to South African capital markets

The TRADE

Historical Level 3 data and analytics provider BMLL has expanded its data coverage to now serve South African capital markets. BMLL has created three data bundles targeting South African market participants using 200 metrics derived from Level 3 data spanning JSE Main, AltX and A2X, alongside every recognised exchange for dual-listing (ASX, LSE, NYSE, TSE, Nasdaq, ENXT AMS, ENXT BRU and SIX).

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Cooley’s 2023 Tech M&A Year in Review: An AI-Generated Glass Half Full

JD Supra: Mergers

2023’s much-discussed downturn in mergers & acquisitions – with global M&A volume and value down 6% and 17%, respectively, from 2022 – was largely driven by the slowdown in the tech sector, with global tech M&A volumes down 51% year over year, while other sectors saw marked increases. The headwinds in the tech M&A sector are generally reflective of two core trends.

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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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BlackRock invests in pediatric dental support firm Lone Peak Dental Group

PE Hub

Lone Peak was founded in 2003 and has 69 offices spanning 13 states. The post BlackRock invests in pediatric dental support firm Lone Peak Dental Group appeared first on PE Hub.

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Top Wall Street analysts are upbeat about these 3 dividend stocks

CNBC: Investing

TipRanks' analyst ranking service pinpoints Wall Street's best-performing stocks, including KeyCorp and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

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Redefining the IT war room with end-to-end observability

Cisco: M&A

Transforming the war room starts with Customer Digital Experience Monitoring (CDEM) to break down silos with correlated, cross-domain insights and efficiency for rapid resolutions.

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Federal Antitrust Enforcement in Health Care: 2023 Year in Review – Part 1

JD Supra: Mergers

Editor’s Note: The article below is the first in our three-part series, Federal Antitrust Enforcement in Health Care: 2023 Year in Review. The series is based on our recent webinar, 2023 Health Care Enforcement Trends: Spotlight on Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Fraud.

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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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Bain Capital finds unique qualities in consumer sector with Fogo de Chão and 1440 Foods

PE Hub

'We're not afraid of complexity and we like being a bit contrarian,' says Bain's Adam Nebesar. The post Bain Capital finds unique qualities in consumer sector with Fogo de Chão and 1440 Foods appeared first on PE Hub.

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Bitcoin could stay rangebound for several weeks more but Solana is poised for a breakout, says Wolfe Research

CNBC: Investing

Bitcoin finished January right where it started, just above the flat line at $42,000, despite the long-awaited launch of spot bitcoin ETFs in the U.S.

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After China Evergrande, Real Estate Crisis ‘Has Not Touched Bottom’

The New York Times: Banking

The forced liquidation of China Evergrande epitomizes the sector’s struggles: Nationwide, sales are down and millions of homes have been paid for but not delivered.

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SEC Adopts Final Rules Enhancing Disclosures and Providing Additional Investor Protections Related to SPACs

JD Supra: Mergers

Nearly two years after first proposing new rules related to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted final rules aimed at enhancing investor protections in initial public offerings by SPACs and in subsequent de-SPAC transactions. The final rules require new enhanced disclosure requirements related to SPACs, and include new procedural protections in de-SPAC transactions.

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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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Platinum Equity-backed Cook & Boardman acquires manufacturer Discovery Door

PE Hub

Cook & Boardman is a distributor of commercial doors, frames & hardware, electronic access control equipment and specialty products. The post Platinum Equity-backed Cook & Boardman acquires manufacturer Discovery Door appeared first on PE Hub.

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Ether takes center stage as bitcoin heads into one of its strongest months

CNBC: Investing

Ether is ready to take the limelight in the month ahead after bitcoin and newly launched bitcoin ETFs dominated crypto investor attention in January.

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Why Cut Rates in an Economy This Strong? A Big Question Confronts the Fed.

The New York Times: Banking

The central bank is widely expected to lower interest rates this year. But with growth and consumer spending chugging along, explaining it may take some work.

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