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Charter and Comcast reach deal over Time Warner acquisition

Charter Communications and Comcast have both been seeking to acquire Times Warner Cable.  While Comcast eventually prevailed when it made a $45 billion offer for Times Warner, Charter will be able to pick up on some of the subscribers that Comcast is divesting.  Charter will also acquire a stake in a company Comcast is spinning out as well. More >

Jim Beam purchased by Japanese conglomerate

Whiskey brewed in Kentucky appears to be growing in popularity on both a national and international scale. This may be behind the acquisition of Jim Beam by the Japanese company, Suntory Holdings Limited. Kentucky Bourbon's whiskey has been particularly popular in markets like Japan. More >

Comcast Gunning to Force Sale of Houston Regional Sports Network

The major creditors of the Houston Regional Sports Network, which does business as Comcast SportsNet Houston, have filed an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition against the network. The three listed creditors are Houston SportsNet Finance LLC, National Digital Television Center, LLC, and Comcast Sports Management Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Comcast Corp, which owns NBCUniversal. More >

Equity Contribution Requirements Dropping in Large-Market Buyouts

According to Reuters Loan Pricing Corporation, which provides market information and analysis for the credit industry, the balance of power in large-market buyout negotiations has shifted. As economic conditions in the U.S. improve, we appear to have entered a stronger credit cycle, according to the RLPC. Add to that a shortage of availability in mergers and acquisitions, and sponsors of leveraged buyouts are pushing for more advantageous terms. More >

Canada Pension Plan to Acquire Neiman Marcus Despite IPO Registry

In July, the distinguished luxury retailer Neiman Marcus registered for an initial public offering. The current owners of the department store chain are a group of investors led by private equity firms TPG Capital L.P. and Warburg Pincus LLC. In response to losses in Neiman’s credit facilities, according to Reuters, the group had been seeking a non-public buyer among private equity firms and even sovereign wealth funds, but the offers did not meet price expectations. Those efforts were exhausted, and an IPO seemed to be the best remaining option. More >

BlackBerry Ltd. Exploring a Sale, Joint Venture or Going Private

After stories by Reuters and Bloomberg last week sent rumors swirling about the company’s future, this week BlackBerry Ltd. (formerly Research in Motion) clarified an announcement made last year that the company is considering a variety of “strategic alternatives.” Those alternatives reportedly include a potential sale of the business or its assets, the organization of an unspecified joint venture, or the possibility of repurchasing its stock in an effort to take the company private. The difference between last week’s rumor and this week’s announcement is that BlackBerry has now appointed a special committee of its board of directors to oversee the implementation of whichever alternative is chosen. More >

Acquisitive Air Products May Face Hostile Acquisition of its Own

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., which sells gases and chemicals for industrial uses, has a reputation for attempting hostile acquisitions of other companies, most recently, Pennsylvania-based Airgas, Inc. Now it appears that Air Products could itself be facing an unwelcome takeover bid -- from Pershing Square Capital Management, which has already acquired a 9.8-percent stake in the company. More >

SEC Lifts Private Placement Advertising Ban: How Will it Work?

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced what promises to be a fundamental change in the way small business startups can raise capital from private investors. Before this change, SEC financial services regulations, particularly Rule 506 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, have prohibited solicitation or general advertising of private placements in an effort to seek capital investments. In an effort to comply with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, the new rule will permit the advertising of private placement offerings as long as two conditions are met. To simplify: only “accredited” purchasers will be allowed, and no “bad actors,” as defined by the Dodd-Frank Act, will be allowed to advertise. More >

Excitement in Biotech Industry Brings Wave of IPOs, Merger Offers

Large pharmaceutical companies, in the market for profitable new drugs to replace revenue streams from top drugs with expiring patents, are looking to smaller biotech companies for innovative products. That demand, along with a simplified Food and Drug Administration approval process for therapies for important unmet medical needs, has brought a wave of proposed and actual acquisitions of venture capital-backed biotech startups in just the first half of this fiscal year. More >

FCC Approves Sprint, Clearwire Buyouts Over Rival's Objection

Despite a furious national security objection by rival DISH Network Corporation, the Federal Communications Commission has approved the $21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corporation by SoftBank of Japan. After the order was released on Friday, SoftBank moved forward quickly and announced it expects to complete the transaction by tomorrow, July 10. More >

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