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Transactions are event driven. Deals move at a pace and have a steady beat. M&A has pulse . . . . Timing is key. Information is power. Decisions have consequences. Follow the M&A Pulse and be prepared to execute.

N. Mercurio,
Principal in Business Law and Transactions Practice Group, Offit Kurman

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B&G Foods Acquires Crisco from JM Smucker for $550 Million

JM Smucker CEO Mark Smucker says Crisco is “an iconic brand” but didn’t fit with the company’s strategic priorities of pet food, coffee and snacking.

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AMD Buys Chipmaker Xilinx to Expand Data Center Services

The deal is driven by the growth of big cloud-computing providers such as Amazon.com and Alphabet’s Google which are spending heavily on new data centers to meet a surge in demand for computing power delivered via the Internet.

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M&A Wrap: Thoma Bravo, Dunkin’ Brands, Roark, Inspire, Bayer, Blackstone, AEI

Acceleration of digital transformation leads Thoma Bravo to raise three technology and software-focused funds. Dunkin’ owner confirms it is in buyout talks with Roark-backed Inspire Brands. More deal news from Bayer, Blackstone and AEI.

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Bayer Spends Up to $4 Billion for AskBio’s Gene Therapies

Drugmakers including Novartis, Roche Holding and Bristol-Myers Squibb have snapped up makers of gene therapies because they offer potential to cure a wide range of often-rare diseases by replacing or repairing errors in the body’s instruction manual.

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Dunkin’ Brands Says It’s in Talks to Be Acquired by Inspire

Inspire Brands, the owner of Buffalo Wild Wings and Jimmy John’s, is backed by the Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital.

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Canyon Bicycles Draws Takeover Interest From Carlyle, KKR

Consumers have taken up cycling as a means of keeping fit and healthy during lockdowns.

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Ares Weighs Sale of Paint Maker Farrow & Ball

Demand for decorating supplies has been robust during the coronavirus crisis, which has kept people indoors and many focused on home improvements. The broader construction industry, another key market for paint manufacturers, is expected to play an important role in a post-pandemic recovery.

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PayPal in Talks to Buy Crypto Firms Including BitGo

PayPal Holdings Inc. is exploring acquisitions of cryptocurrency companies including Bitcoin custodian BitGo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, a move that would expand its embrace of digital coins.

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Making sense of private ownership structures a tall order

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M&A Wrap: Presidential Election, Riverside, Sun Life, Adidas, Reebok, Levine Leichtman, HarbourVest, Summit

Mergers & Acquisitions talks to Riverside Co.s’ Pam Hendrickson about the election from a PE perspective. Sun Life buys a majority stake in Crescent. Adidas is reportedly looking to sell Reebok. HarbourVest and Summit make education technology deals.

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Sun Life Buys Majority Stake in Crescent Capital to Bolster Asset Management Business

The deal for Crescent comes as many companies are struggling to stay alive through the coronavirus pandemic, and are turning to alternative lenders for money they can’t get from banks.

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Adidas Reportedly Prepares Sale of Reebok Brand

Since taking over as CEO of Adidas in 2016, Kasper Rorsted has repeatedly denied rumors that he was looking to sell the brand.

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Bilfinger Is Said to Attract Buyout Firms Including CD&R

CD&R is on the lookout for new German targets, reports Bloomberg News. The PE firm sold Mauser Group, a packaging company with roots in the Black Forest, and acquired Kalle Group, a supplier of industrially produced casings for meat, in 2016.

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Pioneer Natural Buys Parsley Energy for $4.5 billion

The sector is merger mode in response to oil prices that have been stuck at around $40 a barrel in recent months after the Covid-19 pandemic hit global demand.

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Big Banks Need a Year’s Worth of Liquidity Under U.S. Rule

The rule requires that 20 of the biggest U.S. lenders be able to rely on stable funding sources, such as long-term debt and customers’ deposits, in the event of a year long liquidity drought.

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Intel Sells Storage Unit to SK Hynix for $9 Billion

The deal shores up Hynix’s position in a business that’s boomed after Covid-19 drove demand for the chips used in everything from Apple Inc.’s iPhones to data centers.

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M&A Wrap: LLR, PE Fundraising, ConocoPhillips, Alibaba, Kainos, Thoma Bravo, Datasite, Most Influential Women

LLR Partners raises sixth fund. ConcoPhillips buys rival Concho Resources. PE News from Kainos and Thoma Bravo. Mergers and Acquisitions seeks nominations for the 2021 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.

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Alibaba Takes Over China’s Sun Art for $3.6 Billion

Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang has made expansion into physical retail and the grocery business in particular a cornerstone of his growth strategy, an effort that paid off during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Conoco Buys Concho for $9.7 Billion to Create Shale Giant

The pandemic-induced price crash and lackluster global economic recovery have accelerated the push for consolidation across the shale patch, which is under severe financial strain after years of debt-fueled growth.

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Robert F. Smith Admits He Cheated on Taxes for 15 Years

Smith signed a non-prosecution agreement in which he admitted he repeatedly made false filings with the IRS, even after he attempted to enter an amnesty program in 2014. He agreed to pay more than $139 million in back taxes, interest and penalties after a four-year investigation.

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