Posts filed under “M&A”

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BofA Merrill Lynch How Did a Private Deal Turn Into a Federal Bailout

Category: Bailouts, M&A, Really, really bad calls, Think Tank

Long Overdue: BofA to Spin Out Merrill?

Its just a rumor, but WTF: Maybe Bank of America IS following part of our advice, spinning out Merrill Lynch in a sale. I assume this is a quasi-distressed sale, otherwise we’d see an IPO (but for market conditions). Of course, a full blown pre-packged bankruptcy would be the better route. Remember, the bailouts were…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Corporate Management, M&A, Really, really bad calls

China’s European Spending Spree

• Chinese Companies Embark on Shopping Spree in Euro (WSJ)

Category: Digital Media, M&A

Better Legal Advice for Sokol (No, he was not “trapped”)

Time to put on the lawyer hat again: As soon as this story broke, the immediate question was “Why would you be actively trading stocks for your own account when you work for Warren Buffett and recommend acquisitions?” That seems fraught with potential for problems. Does anyone on Berkshire’s legal staff and/or compliance department have…Read More

Category: Legal, M&A

Is Twitter Worth More Than We Think?

> CNBC’s John Melloy mentions what may be the best analysis I’ve seen on the “Charlie Sheen effect.” It comes from Lou Kerner, a keen eyed analyst at Wedbush. (See chart above) Kerner notes that Sheen may be Twitter’s “Lazy Sunday” moment: Content Creators #Winning In December, 2005 a Saturday Night Live skit called Lazy…Read More

Category: M&A, Technology

Top 10 Changes at the NYSE Under German Rule

> The recent a merger chatter between the NYSE and the Deutsche Börse got us wondering: How might life at the NYSE change under their new German management? 10. Effective immediately: No more bell ringing when Chairman David Hasselhoff has a hangover. 9. NYSE changes its tagline to “Das Equities.” 8. Sylvia Wadhwa on the…Read More

Category: Humor, M&A

AOL-Huffington Post: Why the Heavy Breathing?

It’s day two of the $315 million AOL-Huffington Post deal and the non-news just keeps on coming. On the same day that there was $16 billion in M&A, we’re still talking about a tiny deal for advertising inventory. Tim Armstrong’s deal isn’t really the issue. The most important takeaway from the deal is the limited…Read More

Category: Financial Press, M&A

AOL Buys HuffPo for $315 Million

The Huffington Post, Ariana Huffington’s news and political focused website, has been acquired by AOL for $315 million — $300 million cash, the rest in stock. Huff Po began in 2005 with a $1 million investment; it has since grown into one of the most heavily visited news Web sites in the country. The NYT…Read More

Category: Financial Press, M&A, Web/Tech

Insider Trading Prove Focused on M&A Tips

> The WSJ is reporting that the SEC is looking at specific Health Care takeovers that seemed to be tipped in advance to several big hedge funds. The chart (above) shows the extent and timing. There are many legal reasons to have owned these names, but the issue here is whether or not the funds…Read More

Category: Legal, M&A

WSJ: Expert Networks = Insider Trading

The WSJ occasionally buries huge stories in its much less read weekend edition; recall the option backdating investigation in 2006. This past weekend was a classic example of this: “Federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders, and analysts across the nation, according…Read More

Category: Analysts, Legal, M&A