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March 25, 2015

As Energy Prices Drop, Consumer Goods and Retail M&A May Skyrocket

Mergers & Acquisitions’ February Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), a forward-looking sentiment indicator compiled from monthly surveys of approximately 250 executives, indicates that expectations for M&A in the consumer goods and retail sector have risen significantly over the last few months as energy prices have fallen. According to the MMP, dealmakers gave the consumer goods and retail […]

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March 11, 2015

Robust Medical Device Deal Pipeline Sets Stage for Strong 2015

Last year was a very strong one for transactions in the medical device space. According to a Mass Device article, the number of deals in 2014 rose 39 percent to 57 announced transactions, and deal value surged to $86 billion, up from $14 billion in 2013. Fulfilling many analysts’ predictions for an equally robust (if […]

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March 9, 2015

Melting Ice Cubes in Chapter 11: How Fast is too Fast for a 363 Sale?

Bankrupt Radio Shack Corp. is looking to sell, and recently responded to objections to its proposed auction procedures. While the Creditors’ Committee argued that the proposed process was too fast, Radio Shack responded that, “Although the committee closes its eyes to it, the debtors’ estate is in fact a ‘melting ice cube’ that is losing […]

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February 27, 2015

No Fluff Allowed: Realism and Rationale Win the Cupcake Wars

How does one with a passion for baking and an entrepreneurial drive enter the gourmet cupcake marketplace without getting burned? Think small, and let “big” happen at its own pace. This is a key lesson to be learned by aspiring entrepreneurs in any industry from the tale of two business owners in the once-booming cupcake […]

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February 24, 2015

Does Apple Really Want to Build an iCar? And If It Does…Should It?

If you took a break from technology media over the weekend, you may have missed news that Apple is moving into the automotive space, though reports on what that means varied widely across editorial sources. While the buzz mill began with a Wall Street Journal article reporting that Apple “has several hundred employees working secretly […]

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