Monthly Archives: February 2014

What is Private Equity?

        Just this week, as reported in the New York Times, the Italian fashion powerhouse label Versace entered the world of Wall Street when it agreed to sell a 20% stake in the company to private equity firm Blackstone Group.  This 20% stake amounts to approximately $287 million or 210 million euros,

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What Your Small Business or Startup Should Know About Net Neutrality

This past Sunday, Comcast, the country’s biggest cable and broadband provider, and Netflix, the California-based provider of on-demand Internet streaming media and DVDs-by-mail, announced an agreement whereby Netflix will pay Comcast for direct Internet access, meaning that Netflix will be able to deliver its movies and TV programs to Comcast’s subscribers faster and more reliably,

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What is a Leveraged Buyout?

        In mid-January, private equity firm Apollo Global Management executed a $1.3 billion acquisition of CEC Entertainment, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese.  The deal was done through a leveraged buyout, which is a popular method particularly for equity firms.  In the world of mergers and acquisitions, companies, investors and private

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Due Diligence in a Merger or Acquisition

This week has started with some interesting news in the world of mergers and acquisitions. On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Apple’s man in charge of mergers and acquisitions met last year with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla. The meeting has spurred speculation that the technology behemoth based in California is interested in

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Comcast’s Takeover of Time Warner Cable

        During this past week, cable television and overall telecom giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable came to an agreement to facilitate a merger of their two companies.  In the deal, Comcast would acquire Time Warner Cable for $45 billion.  The companies must first go through the usual government regulatory channels for

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Mergers and Acquistions: The Paperwork Involved in the Process

Word on the street is that merger and acquisition activity in the financial services industry is booming. Why the sudden boom? Experts believe that the boom, which started in 2013 and is expected to continue in 2014, has been spurred on by favorable valuations, a healthier economy, and a strong financing market. The biggest instigator,

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Mergers and Acquisitions: Structure of a Deal

On Wednesday, St. Louis-based Anheuser- Busch InBev, maker of Budweiser and Bud Light, announced it is buying New York craft brewery Blue Point Brewing Company. The purchase price and details of the deal have not yet been made public. In recent years, craft beers have become increasingly popular in the United States, with nearly $12

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