Sat.Jan 13, 2024 - Fri.Jan 19, 2024

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Judge Blocks JetBlue From Acquiring Spirit Airlines

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The ruling is a victory for the Justice Department, which had argued that the merger would reduce competition.

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Office of Health Care Affordability Adopts Final Cost and Market Impact Review Regulations for Health Care Transactions

JD Supra: Mergers

California’s new Office of Health Care Affordability recently adopted emergency regulations (“Final Regulations”) implementing the Health Care Market Oversight Program, required under California’s Health Care Quality and Affordability Act (“HCQAA”). HCQAA, which created the Office of Health Care Affordability (“OHCA”), requires “health care entities” to provide written notice of certain “material change transactions” to OHCA.

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Goodnotes acquires an AI-powered video summary startup as it looks beyond education

TechCrunch: M&A

London-based notetaking startup Goodnotes said today it is acquiring South Korean startup Dropthebit, which operates a meeting and video summary tool called Traw. With the acquisition, Goodnotes is looking to move beyond classrooms and explore making productivity tools for professionals. As part of the deal, all three co-founders of Dropthebit will move to Goodnotes.

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Be In Charge Of Your Career: Stop Kicking Tires In 2024, Act Instead!

H. Friedman Search

Do you want to be where you were at the end of 2023 at the conclusion of 2024? So many people decide to kick the tires at their current company but don’t do anything more than that for various reasons. In this blog, I want to examine the reason people do not move forward when they know they need to deep down in their hearts. It’s because people let their emotions overrule their business decisions.

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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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Stocks Climb to Record, Lifted by Big Tech and Rate Cut Hopes

The New York Times: Banking

The S&P 500 crossed above its January 2022 peak after weeks of wavering. Investors have been buying stocks after homing in on signals that the Fed’s campaign of raising interest rates is over.

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Deal Dive: Tier and Dott’s merger is not a sign of what’s to come in M&A this year

TechCrunch: M&A

M&A is expected to rise in 2024, but we won't likely see a lot of consolidation among startups that wouldn't make it on their own. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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Open outcry: A renaissance?

The TRADE

Despite the indisputable decline in physical trading practices, it is enduring within an increasingly technological capital markets world which has already put innumerable out-dated practices out of fashion. Market opinion – and moves – suggest that mourning the death of open outcry  may be premature. Like the return of old Nokia’s and ‘dumbphones’ in the era of the smartphone, a hungering for print in the age of digital, and the comeback of the polaroid camera and vinyl, perhaps there’s just

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China’s GDP Grew in 2023, but Economic Strains Lurk

The New York Times: Banking

Gross domestic product expanded 5.2 percent, as China worked to export more to make up for weak demand, high debt and a steep property contraction at home.

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New Excessive and Unfair Pricing Provisions in Force in Canada’s Competition Act: Risk and Compliance Considerations

JD Supra: Mergers

Canada’s Competition Act was amended effective December 15, 2023 to both (i) establish a new, more expansive framework for challenging anti-competitive conduct by dominant firms and (ii) specifically provide that it is an anti-competitive act for a dominant firm to directly or indirectly impose excessive and unfair selling prices.

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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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Goldman Sachs-backed ZestMoney, once valued at $450M, sold to DMI in fire sale

TechCrunch: M&A

ZestMoney, the Goldman Sachs-backed Indian fintech startup once valued at $450 million, has sold itself to financial services firm DMI Group, the two said late Wednesday, in a fire sale that caps 12 tumultuous months for the once-hot new-age lender. The two firms didn’t disclose the terms of the deals, but a person familiar with […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Sports Illustrated Thrown Into Chaos With Mass Layoffs

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The company’s owner has been plunged into a maelstrom in recent weeks as its senior executives have been forced out.

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Bitcoin tumbled after a slate of ETFs launched. Here’s why that might dent some crypto miners’ profitability

CNBC: Investing

Investors in bitcoin mining stocks are watching the price of the crypto after the ETF approvals turned out to be a sell-the-news event after all.

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[Video] Spotlight on Financial Services | Clients depend on Dinsmore to offer clear and concise counsel in the complex area of financial services

JD Supra: Mergers

Spotlight on Financial Services | Clients depend on Dinsmore to offer clear and concise counsel in the complex area of financial services Columbus-based corporate partner Christian Gonzalez explains how our team’s multidisciplinary approach can meet the most complex demands, and offer training for those new to the financial services industry.

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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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Snyk acquires Helios to bolster its AppSec platform

TechCrunch: M&A

Snyk, the well-funded developer-focused security company, today announced that it has acquired Helios, a Tel Aviv-based startup that helps developers troubleshoot and understand their microservices in production. Snyk will use Helios to bolster its recently launched AppRisk service, its application security play, and to provide them with a better overall security service both at build […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Nomura taps Jefferies for new head of flow credit for CEEMEA

The TRADE

Nomura has appointed Mouloud Ameni as head of flow credit for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA), alongside adding him to the global flow credit leadership council. Ameni will be London-based, reporting to Eric Pang, global head of flow credit, and Nat Tyce, head of global markets EMEA. He joins Nomura from Jefferies, where he held senior leadership positions, most recently serving as managing director for emerging markets (EM) credit trading.

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Elon Musk's demand for more Tesla control could weigh on the stock, analysts say

CNBC: Investing

Regaining 25% control of the automaker would require "the effective dilution of other investors stakes," JPMorgan analyst Ryan Brinkman wrote.

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2023 Chemicals & Energy Antitrust Report

JD Supra: Mergers

For companies in the energy and chemical sectors, the potential for antitrust scrutiny is an ever-present concern. The next round of enforcement inquiries is never further away than the next jump in commodity prices or the next consolidation wave. Especially under an enforcement-minded administration, companies should stay focused on timely transaction planning and routine compliance efforts to manage their antitrust-related risks.

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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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Consumer Bureau Proposes Overdraft Fee Limits for Large Banks

The New York Times: Banking

The options would include charging a benchmark fee, set by the bureau, that would be significantly lower than the current $35 standard.

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Panmure Gordon and Liberum agree merger to create new investment banking giant in the UK

The TRADE

Panmure Gordon and Liberum are set to merge to create the UK’s largest independent investment bank, with ex-Barclays executive Rich Ricci stepping into the chief executive role of the combined entity. The new firm – Panmure Liberum – will be a market maker in over 750 stocks with all-cap execution capabilities and have over 250 quoted corporate clients with market cap of £250 million.

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Top Wall Street analysts recommend these stocks for dividend-oriented investors

CNBC: Investing

TipRanks' analyst ranking service pinpoints Wall Street's best-performing stocks, including Civitas Resources and Williams Companies.

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The Interplay: Key Decisions at the Intersection of Antitrust & Life Sciences - January 2024

JD Supra: Mergers

Illumina Agrees to Unwind Acquisition of Grail Following Fifth Circuit Decision. On December 15, 2023, the Fifth Circuit vacated the FTC’s order that Illumina unwind its acquisition of Grail—a developer of a multi-cancer early detection (MCED) test.

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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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Iceland Scrambles to Shelter Residents Made Homeless by Volcanic Eruption

The New York Times: Banking

In a country of fewer than 400,000, finding places for 3,700 residents is complicated by a tough housing market.

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Government reveals aim to make UK a ‘scaleup powerhouse’

Growth Business

By Dom Walbanke on Growth Business - Your gateway to entrepreneurial success The UK’s tech secretary, Michelle Donelan, has set out plans to make Britain a ‘scaleup powerhouse’ in her speech at co-working space Plexal. Setting out her plans for the UK in 2024, Donelan said a big part of this plan is to increase the number of tech unicorns in the UK to make up about 50 per cent of tech unicorns in Europe by 2030 – up from about a third today.

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The early winner in the bitcoin ETF race has raked in $1 billion

CNBC: Investing

BlackRock's iShares Bitcoin Trust looks to be an early winner among the bitcoin funds that were approved by regulators last week.

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France Strengthens Foreign Investment Controls, Expands Jurisdiction to ‘Commercial Establishments’ Registered in France | Insights

JD Supra: Mergers

On 28 December 2023, the French government adopted decree number 2023-1293 (Decree), together with an administrative order of the same date (Order), that expanded the scope of covered investments and covered activities under French foreign direct investment (FDI) rules (as amended, the New Rules).

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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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Rebound in dealmaking could boost Goldman Sachs after rocky 2023

American Banker - Investment Banking

The Wall Street giant did a lot of backtracking last year, abandoning its plans to become a bank for everyone. Now it's refocusing on growing its tried-and-true businesses of dealmaking and asset management.

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What Is the Basel III Endgame, and Why Are Banks So Upset About It?

The New York Times: Banking

Federal regulators want to raise capital requirements for big banks. Their plan is drawing criticism from groups that aren’t normally aligned with the industry.

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How to find a reasonably-priced and resilient stock amid the rush of earnings reports ahead

CNBC: Investing

Ahead of a shortened trading week, we will review how to find a new core holding for 2024 as updated earnings results hit Wall Street in the weeks ahead.

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