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Cross-Border M&A Opportunities Favor the Prepared

JD Supra: Mergers

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) unlock growth, diversification, and a stronger global stance for businesses. These strategic moves enable firms from different nations to blend resources, making way into new markets, tapping into unique technologies, enhancing products, and realizing economies of scale and scope.

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Lacework, last valued at $8.3B, is in talks to sell for just $150M to $300M, say sources

TechCrunch: M&A

Consolidation continues apace in the world of security. Sources tell us that Lacework — a cloud security startup that was valued at $8.3 billion post-money in its last funding round — is in talks to be acquired by another security player, Wiz, for a price of just $150-$200 million. Sources close to the negotiations said […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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You Can’t Replace The Human Factor: Technology & The Role Of The Recruiter

H. Friedman Search

It’s time to explore the changing role of the recruiter with the advent of technology. Everywhere we turn, AI (artificial intelligence) is being applied to make everyone’s job a bit easier. From the blog writer to the medical profession, AI is being utilized. Most blogs written now are being written completely or at least assisted in one way or another with Chat GPT.

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Scaling to a Billion: Ross Turner on Raising Capital, Building High Performing Teams & More

How2Exit

b' E203: Scaling to a Billion: Ross Turner on Raising Capital, Building High Performing Teams & More - Watch Here rn rn About the Guest(s): rn Ross Turner is a seasoned digital marketing expert with over 18 years of experience in the industry. He has a background in direct response marketing and has worked with various successful businesses, including a supplement company where he served as CEO.

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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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Enhanced Scrutiny a Virtual Certainty: Canadian Government to Closely Scrutinize Foreign Investments in Interactive Digital Media

JD Supra: Mergers

Canadian businesses involved in the interactive digital media sector, including video games and augmented reality, should be aware of the implications of the Investment Canada Act and the Canadian government’s recent policy statements on their efforts to attract investment from foreign investors. The Canadian government’s focus on combating disinformation online extends to ensuring that foreign investment in Canadian businesses will not be injurious to Canada’s national security and/or will be.

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Adjustment Disputes: Seller Ordered to Pay Buyer 2x Purchase Price

Deal Lawyers

You read that right! This Cleary blog addresses a late February Delaware Chancery opinion confirming an arbitration award. SM Buyer LLC v. RMP Seller Holdings, LLC (Del. Ch.

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Sam Turner's Journey from Corporate Finance to Building an Empire of Small Businesses

How2Exit

b' E204: Sam Turner's Journey from Corporate Finance to Building an Empire of Small Businesses - Watch Here rn rn About the Guest(s): rn Sam Turner, from the UK, is an experienced professional with a 22-year career in the travel industry. With a strong finance background, Sam served as the Financial Director (FD) of a significantly large business owned by private equity, engaging in the integration of acquired competitors and managing the commercial function globally.

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Heard at the 2024 Antitrust Law Section Spring Meeting: Part II

JD Supra: Mergers

The American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s annual Spring Meeting concluded on April 12. The annual Spring Meeting featured updates from federal, state and international antitrust enforcers and extensive discussion on priority antitrust issues affecting various industries. This article highlights takeaways from the final two days of the Spring Meeting.

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Sony in Talks to Join a Bid to Buy Paramount

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The company and Apollo Global Management are discussing a joint effort, even as Paramount conducts exclusive merger negotiations with Skydance.

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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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FTC Open Meeting: Non-Competes on the Agenda Next Tuesday

Deal Lawyers

This week, the FTC announced an open meeting next Tuesday, April 23rd. The Commission is scheduled to vote on final rules — previously proposed in January 2023 — that “would generally prevent most employers from using noncompete clauses.

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China’s First Quarter Results Show Growth Propelled by Its Factories

The New York Times: Banking

China’s big bet on manufacturing helped to counteract its housing slowdown in the first three months of the year, but other countries are worried about a flood of Chinese goods.

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Takeaways for In-House Counsel from the SEC’s “Shadow Insider Trading” Trial

JD Supra: Mergers

On April 5, 2024, a jury in California federal court found a former corporate executive liable for insider trading in SEC v. Panuwat, a novel enforcement action involving a theory known as “shadow trading.” In Panuwat, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) takes the position that the insider trading laws apply where an insider uses material non-public information about his or her own company to trade securities of another company, such as a competitor or peer company in the same.

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Why Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon has become an AI believer

American Banker - Investment Banking

The New York megabank is working to deploy artificial intelligence as it seeks to make its own operations more efficient. Solomon also sees an "unprecedented" opportunity in financing clients' needs as they invest in AI.

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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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Stock Repurchase Excise Tax: Treasury and IRS Announce Proposed Regulations

Deal Lawyers

Shortly after the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, a number of tricky interpretive issues regarding the stock repurchase excise tax were identified, and the IRS published temporary interim guidance in Notice 2023-2. John blogged about the application of that interim guidance to SPACs in early 2023.

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Bitcoin just completed its fourth-ever 'halving,' here’s what investors need to watch now

CNBC: Investing

In the wake of the latest Bitcoin halving, there may be some speculative trading. Other key events will also be in focus.

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Health Care Antitrust Update Part II: Recent Federal and State Enforcement Initiatives and Litigation Involving the FTC’s Constitutional Authority

JD Supra: Mergers

Over the past several months, antitrust enforcement activity in the healthcare provider sector has continued to steadily increase. In Part I of this two-part update, we discussed recent lawsuits involving private equity firms, lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and those filed by healthcare system competitors and purchasers of healthcare services.

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Wintrust Financial Corporation and Macatawa Bank Corporation Announce Plans to Merge

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

ROSEMONT, Ill. and HOLLAND, Mich., April 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wintrust Financial Corporation (“Wintrust”) (Nasdaq: WTFC) and Macatawa Bank Corporation (“Macatawa”) (Nasdaq: MCBC) today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Wintrust to acquire Macatawa in an all-stock transaction. Macatawa is the parent company of Macatawa Bank, a Michigan state-chartered bank, which is headquartered in Holland, Michigan and operates a network of 26 full-service b

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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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National Security: Treasury Proposes Expansion of CFIUS Enforcement Authority

Deal Lawyers

Late last week, the Treasury Department announced the issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking “to enhance certain CFIUS procedures and sharpen its penalty and enforcement authorities.

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Amid probes, Morgan Stanley vows not to change its wealth strategy

American Banker - Investment Banking

Morgan Stanley CEO Ted Pick downplayed the importance of government investigations into potential money laundering issues involving wealth management clients. "We've been focused on our client on-boarding and monitoring processes for a good while," he said.

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Directors Quarterly - Insights from the Board Leadership Center - April 2024

JD Supra: Mergers

Directors Quarterly: April 2024- With the explosion of generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI), companies are facing the challenge of moving quickly—but not too quickly. Gen AI governance has moved to the top of many board agendas as directors understand the potential competitive advantages as well as the potential risks that the transformative technology poses for the company and its strategy.

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Longtime Tesla bull downgrades Tesla, calls for a 20% decline on potential scrapping of low-cost vehicle

CNBC: Investing

The tough times will continue for Tesla as the company pivots from building a low-cost entry vehicle, according to Deutsche Bank.

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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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Vote Confirmation & Visibility in Contested Elections

Deal Lawyers

In a recent blog about UPC, we discussed the language from corporates and dissidents stressing that their proxy card be returned — despite the fact that all sides’ nominees are presented on all cards. We noted that vote visibility limitations were one of the reasons for preferring which proxy card is used.

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Countdown Is On for the Bitcoin ‘Halving’

The New York Times: Banking

Bitcoin aficionados are hoping that a scheduled reduction in the number of new coins going into circulation will cause the price of the cryptocurrency to skyrocket.

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Challenges to the Corporate Transparency Act

JD Supra: Mergers

The Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”), which became effective on January 1, 2024, requires certain domestic and foreign companies doing business in the United States to file a beneficial ownership report with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”). Originally Published in Quorum: Insights Into Corporate Governance, M&A and Securities Law - April 10, 2024.

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This investor, mentored by Peter Lynch, hasn't abandoned the 'Mag 7,' but is placing bets on these mid-caps

CNBC: Investing

The investor has outperformed this year by staying invested in "Magnificent Seven" names, but said that he is hunting for opportunities in the small- and mid-cap space.

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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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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between Bitco Telecoms (Pty) Ltd To Link Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Benchmark International

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of BitCo Telecoms, a leading provider of business wireless and voice over IP solutions, to Link Africa, one of the leading cost-effective independent fibre network operators in South Africa

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A Huge Number of Homeowners Have Mortgage Rates Too Good to Give Up

The New York Times: Banking

On a scale not seen in decades, many Americans are stuck in homes they would rather leave.

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Australia's Climate Disclosure Regime Moves Closer to Implementation Beginning 1 January 2025

JD Supra: Mergers

On 27 March 2024, Australia's climate disclosure regime moved a significant step closer to implementation, with the federal government's introduction of proposed legislation into Parliament. Any organisations with a presence in Australia should assess whether they are subject to the regime and, if so, commence planning for compliance.