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With Affinity acquisition, Canva should be able to compete better with Adobe’s creative tools

TechCrunch: M&A

Canva, the high-flying Australian design and visual communication startup, announced today it was acquiring Affinity (formerly Serif), a creative tools company based in the U.K. Bloomberg reported that the deal was worth several hundred million pounds (approximately $380 million U.S.), and the company confirmed to TechCrunch that the number was accurate.

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Antitrust & Competition Technology 2023 Year in Review

JD Supra: Mergers

Antitrust actions significantly impacted the technology sector in 2023 and are poised to have substantial repercussions in the future, affecting both major tech companies and emerging enterprises. In addition to a focus on the largest technology companies, a prevalent theme in much of the antitrust activity in the tech space in 2023 was the examination of behavior across vertically related products or services.

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Pain Vs. Pleasure: Which Is Your Motivation?

H. Friedman Search

Why does someone make a move to anything? Generally speaking, a person or a group of people are either motivated by pain or pleasure. Let me explain: you are either motivated by the prospect of moving towards pleasure or improving your current situation, or you are driven by pain and wanting to leave something that is distasteful or upsetting you behind.

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Unlocking Business Exits with ESOPs: Exit Strong with Employee Ownership with Michael Bannon

How2Exit

b' E198: Unlocking Business Exits with ESOPs: Exit Strong with Employee Ownership with Michael Bannon - Watch Here rn rn About the Guest(s): rn Michael Bannon is an expert in employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) with a seasoned background in private equity. His career began in a fund-of-funds sector where he managed investments across the Asia Pacific, offering him a diverse understanding of market cycles, politics, and economics.

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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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Web3 investment firm Borderless Capital acquires CTF Capital to bring AI and quant expertise

TechCrunch: M&A

Borderless Capital, an investment firm that specializes in web3, announced Tuesday that it is acquiring CTF Capital, a quantitative trading and asset management firm headquartered in Miami, with technology and operation teams in Latin America. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The deal marks Borderless’ first acquisition since its inception in 2018. […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Proposed 2024 DGCL Amendments: “Chancery Court Cleanup in Aisle 3!”

Deal Lawyers

The Chancery Court’s recent decisions in Crispo, Moelis, and Activision Blizzard have caused a lot of angst in the M&A community. Yesterday, the Delaware Bar took steps to calm the storm by recommending proposed amendments to the DGCL designed to address the uncertainty created by these decisions.

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Inside Amira Yahyaoui’s Claims about Mos, a Student Aid Start-Up

The New York Times: Banking

Amira Yahyaoui, a human rights activist, promoted the success of her student aid start-up, Mos. Some of her statements do not add up, according to internal data and people familiar with the company.

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ChowNow snaps up YC-backed POS platform Cuboh and is laying off staff

TechCrunch: M&A

ChowNow acquired Cuboh, a point-of-sale platform that consolidates all orders from delivery apps into one place. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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MN Legislature Considers Limiting PE Investment in Healthcare

JD Supra: Mergers

On February 22, 2024, the Minnesota legislature introduced a bill (SF-4392 and companion bill HR-4206) which seeks to curb the control and acquisition over certain healthcare providers by private equity companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs).

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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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Blackrock says bitcoin will be a good portfolio diversifier despite its recent rally with stocks

CNBC: Investing

Robert Mitchnick, BlackRock's digital assets lead, discusses what bitcoin correlations and risk mean for investors' portfolio construction.

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New York Starts Distributing Debit Cards to Migrants, Despite Uproar

The New York Times: Banking

New York City officials on Monday began handing out debit cards to migrant families to pay for food and baby supplies at grocery stores.

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Why a16z-backed Wonderschool is acquiring EarlyDay

TechCrunch: M&A

Wonderschool, a startup that provides software and support to help individuals and local governments spin up childcare businesses, has acquired EarlyDay, which operates an early childhood educator marketplace. TechCrunch has covered Wonderschool since its infancy, including both of its seed rounds and its Series A (led by Andreessen Horowitz). Terms of the deal were not […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Antitrust Enforcers Are Increasingly Focused on Labor Markets, and Not Just in the Merger Context

JD Supra: Mergers

Labor markets have been a focus of antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) since the Obama administration. Indications are that enforcers will be even more aggressive across the board, raising labor concerns in order to prevent mergers and change employers’ behavior.

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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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Ron Insana's new firm aims to bring AI-powered trade ideas to individual investors

CNBC: Investing

The firm, called iFi AI, launches Wednesday and will use AI models to help generate projected returns for stocks over various time periods.

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US leveraged loan trading revenue rebounded in 2023 despite rising interest rates

The TRADE

Leveraged loan trading revenue topped $900 million in 2023, up 16% from 2021 and 29% from 2022, a new report from Coalition Greenwich has found. Over the past three years, leveraged loan markets have experienced shifting revenues as seen throughout fixed income markets, however, research shows that the mostly floating rate market managed to weather the storm from rising interest rates which drove down bond prices.

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Fed Chair Says Central Bank Need Not ‘Hurry’ to Cut Rates

The New York Times: Banking

Jerome Powell said that strong economic growth gives Federal Reserve officials room to be patient, and he emphasized the institution’s political independence.

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Reform of the EU Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regulation – How might M&A Transactions be impacted?

JD Supra: Mergers

On 24 January 2024, the European Commission (“Commission”) unveiled its proposals to reform the current EU Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regulation 2019/452 (“FDI Screening Regulation”). This forms part of a wider package of five initiatives to strengthen economic security in the EU following the “growing geopolitical tensions and profound technological shifts”.

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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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BlackRock says bitcoin returns likely to come down now that it has been embraced by Wall Street

CNBC: Investing

Robert Mitchnick, BlackRock's digital assets lead, discusses bitcoin cycles and volatility at Bitcoin Investor Day.

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SIX picks up majority stake in fixed income data provider FactEntry

The TRADE

SIX has acquired a majority stake in FactEntry – a global provider of fixed income reference data, analytics, and solutions – in a bid to solidify its position in the asset class as a provider of data and analytics globally. The acquisition closed yesterday 27 March. Financial details are yet to be disclosed. Marion Leslie, head of financial information and member of SIX’s executive board highlighted how the deal marks a significant step in the firm’s growth plans: “FactEntry’

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Cisco Nexus Insights: Proactive Day 2 Operations

Cisco: M&A

Today’s complex hybrid cloud environments are often composed of solutions from multiple vendors and spread across multiple locations, making it challenging to smooth out application performance and a… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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Regulatory Developments; Litigation and Enforcement

JD Supra: Mergers

Antitrust Enforcers Are Increasingly Focused on Labor Markets, and Not Just in the Merger Context With antitrust regulators focused on competition in labor markets, companies should revisit their noncompete agreements, consider alternative ways to protect critical information and factor in the impact on employees if they pursue mergers.

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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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This new ‘opportunistic’ ETF is an example of hedge fund strategies coming to the masses

CNBC: Investing

The Opportunistic Trader ETF, trading under the ticker "WZRD," launched on Wednesday and quickly surpassed $15 million in assets.

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UK taskforce recommends T+1 settlement by the end of 2027 in two-phase approach

The TRADE

The UK’s Accelerated Settlement Taskforce has recommended a two-phased approach to shortening the settlement cycle beginning with operational changes in 2025 and a full transition by the end of 2027. The two-phased process would initially see some operational and behavioural changes mandated for 2025 to enable the market to prepare in advance of the formal move.

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Nilam Resources Enters Letters of Intent to Acquire 24,800 Bitcoin

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

SNOHOMISH, Wash., March 25, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via IBN - Nilam Resources, Inc. (OTC PINK: NILA) today announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Xyberdata Ltd to acquire 100% of the common stock of a special purpose entity, to be established under the name MindWave that will hold 24,800 Bitcoin. Nilam Resources, Inc., will issue a newly authorized Preferred Class of Series C Stock in in exchange for 24,800 Bitcoins at a discounted rate relative to current market price

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Europe holds enduring appeal for Asia-Pacific dealmakers

JD Supra: Mergers

APAC investors continue to seek out high-growth assets across the continent despite a global slowdown in M&A activity - High inflation, geopolitical uncertainty and an uncertain macroeconomic outlook precipitated a slowdown of M&A activity across the globe in 2023 as investors adapted to the “new normal.” Asia-Pacific dealmaking targeting Europe followed this downward trend.

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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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Cathie Wood's ARK ETF is forming a bottoming pattern, poised for a breakout, according to the charts

CNBC: Investing

Following more than a year of erratic behavior from Cathie Wood's flagship vehicle, the ARK Innovation Fund appears to be forming a basing pattern that could herald a breakout ahead.

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LSEG expands business development division with former Citi execution sales specialist

The TRADE

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has moved to expand its business development division under Richard Worrell with the appointment of a former Citi individual, The TRADE can reveal. Reesha Radia is set to join the exchange in April as a senior manager in business development and sales. She joins after most recently spending almost five years at Citi in execution sales-focused roles, most recently as assistant vice president.

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Josh Kushner and Karlie Kloss Plan to Revive Life Magazine

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The investor Josh Kushner and his wife, Karlie Kloss, have struck a deal with Barry Diller’s media company to revive it as a regular print title.

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