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  • 06/28/2018

    Blog

    BriaCell’s Williams answers your biotech investment questions

    M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | IPO & Equity Offerings | Due Diligence | Merrill DataSite® | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Dr. Bill Williams, CEO of BriaCell Therapeutics, discusses funding immunotherapy, why Biopharma is outperforming all other VC sectors and what's contributing to the returns.

     

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  • 06/27/2018

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    Robust global growth, plenty of capital, stabilizing geopolitics gives buyers confidence

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    M&A dealmaking totals tallied US$1.69trn for the first five months of the year, thanks in part to a strong May where deal value jumped 82.2% YoY. May's top transaction, by value, was Japanese pharma company Takeda purchasing Irish drugmaker Shire for US$79.7bn. Heading into the summer, M&A is filled with a sense of optimism.

     

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  • 05/30/2018

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    Eliminating document language barriers in M&A due diligence

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | Due Diligence | Financial Services Marketing & Communications | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Intellectual Property Management | Portfolio Management | IPO & Equity Offerings | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Merrill DatasiteOne now features multiple language OCR and search, helping reduce the risks and stresses of comprehensive due diligence. Already, 12% of projects in DatasiteOne include two or more administrators working in different countries, making multiple language OCR and search a vital new tool.

     

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  • 05/24/2018

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    Megadeals are heating up, just in time for summer

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    This year has started with a spate of megadeals — and the pace of these mammoth combinations only quickened last month. Private equity and international M&A both had a lackluster month, but M&A value in 2018 remains on track to nearly match the highest amount ever, US$3.87tn, reached in 2015.

     

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  • 05/03/2018

    Blog

    Deal value highest of any Q1 on record, cross-border value dip warrants caution

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Multiple megadeals results in chart-topping deal value and strong growth on the domestic front comes at the expense of cross-boarder value. Plus, private equity has been charging ahead with buyers increasingly super-sizing acquisitions and historic US tax-cuts keeps North America as the top destination for deals.

     

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  • 05/01/2018

    Blog

    Disruptive Technology: 4 trends uncovered at Merrill DatasiteOne launch event

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | Due Diligence | Financial Services Marketing & Communications | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Rory Cellan-Jones, a technology journalist for BBC News, was our headline speaker at our recent London-based launch events for our new application for due diligence, Merrill DatasiteOne. He was our headline speaker and unveiled to the invitation-only audience the four tech trends that have proven to continually disrupt fast-growing technologies.

     

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  • 04/25/2018

    Blog

    7 ways to improve deal success

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | IPO & Equity Offerings | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    In the M&A world, saying integration is critical to a successful deal outcome is a bit like saying the sky is blue. But when asked how to turn common wisdom into practice many dealmakers draw a blank.

     

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  • 04/24/2018

    Blog

    GDPR Readiness Survey 2018

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | IPO & Equity Offerings | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May 2018 with a wider scope and higher penalties than existing data protection legislation. Many businesses have yet to assess their compliance with the new GDPR rules.

     

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  • 04/20/2018

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    6 GDPR compliance items Merrill helps you to check off your list

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | IPO & Equity Offerings | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Although the responsibility for your organisations’ GDPR compliance lies with your business, choosing a provider that helps you to check off some the regulatory boxes saves you time and worry.

     

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  • 04/19/2018

    Blog

    Consumer sector continues to grow in strength, bucking trend of general decline

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    North America contributed 45% of global deal value in February 2018, boosted by General Dynamics's purchase of CSRA, Inc. The consumer sector was second to Energy, Mining & Utilities, but the nearly 15% market share is a strong bounce back from the general decline the industry's share last year. The value of cross-border deals dropped YoY, while domestic deal value surged.

     

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  • 04/11/2018

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    Merrill Insight™ | Warshaw’s Czepiel on Secrets of Successful Dealmaking

    Due Diligence | IPO & Equity Offerings | Regulatory Disclosure for Corporations | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Starting at Skadden Arps when M&A was a relatively new and growing practice area, Lori Anne Czepiel was often the only woman on the deal team. In this Q&A, Lori Anne tells us how she navigated her early years as a M&A lawyer, best practices for dealmakers and the advantages of serving the middle-market.

     

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  • 04/10/2018

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    What's the Big SaaS Deal? 4 Ways our New Merrill DatasiteOne Platform Impacts your Day-to-Day

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    This March, two major Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) events hit the M&A world. Salesforce snapped up SaaS integration provider MuleSoft for $6.5B and Merrill Corporation announced the launch of Merrill DatasiteOne, the first SaaS application for due diligence.

     

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  • 03/30/2018

    Blog

    6 ways to impress your boss

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    In the cut-throat world of M&A, your data room provider can make an outsized impact on deal success. Pick Merrill DatasiteOne and be a stand-out. 

     

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  • 03/28/2018

    Blog

    7 ways to win a deal besides price

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    With the recent launch of our new Merrill DatasiteOne due diligence app, we’ve been thinking hard about other ways dealmakers can gain a competitive edge in today’s frothy market. Here’s what US and EMEA M&A experts told us about how they’re navigating the tricky shoals of demanding sellers and high deal valuations.

     

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  • 03/12/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Insight™ │ Insurance Sector Webinar Playback

    Healthcare | Healthcare Member Communications | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Merrill Corporation recently hosted a panel of experts in a one-hour webinar to discuss implications of a mix of insurance industry and market factors on the M&A market.

     

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  • 02/23/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Spotlight: M&A Market sweetens, but do wrinkles remain?

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    Following the passage of the US tax bill, M&A experts are more optimistic than ever about the US deal environment. However, dealmakers warn that high valuations, buy-side competition and antitrust issues will continue to pose challenges.

     

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  • 02/21/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Spotlight: Cargill's Peter Hawthorne on Working Across Cultures

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    A conversation with Cargill's Peter Hawthorne on life, leadership and how he hires.

     

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  • 02/20/2018

    Blog

    Your Questions Answered – Follow-Ups from our Corporate Development Webinar

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    Our popular January 30 webinar, Corporate Development Outlook: Politics, Processes and Predictions, left a robust pipeline of unanswered questions for our panelists.

     

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  • 01/25/2018

    Blog

    December deal making boosts 2017 M&A activity with five mega deals

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    December deal making helped to give the year’s M&A activity a boost, with five mega deals contributing almost $200 billion in value. This surge in December gave an overall boost to the market.  A total of 18,443 deals worth $3.2 trillion were announced globally during 2017, reflecting a 3% drop in value year-on-year. Merrill Vice President Matt Ellis takes a closer look at the trends marking the final month of 2017.

     

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  • 01/25/2018

    Blog

    Navigate Asia FinTech

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Apart from the marriage of the two words “finance” and “technology”, what does FinTech really entail?  To many, it is still an insurmountable task to look beyond the word and scope out elements that would succinctly define FinTech.

     

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  • 01/25/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Corporation Q&A – 2018 Private Equity Outlook

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    What does the private equity pipeline look like for next year? Get answers from our Global Head of Strategic Advisor Accounts in this recent Q&A session. 

     

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  • 01/19/2018

    Blog

    Global M&A due diligence times drop, but why?

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Deal duration times fell by an astonishing 17.6 percent to a 6.1 month average in 2017 from 7.4 months in 2014.  We help you try to understand why in this blog post.  

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  • 01/16/2018

    Blog

    A digital transformation needed for Oil & Gas sector

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    As the agenda in the developed world begins to shift under increasing public pressure to acknowledge and react to environmental concerns, the Oil & Gas industry sees itself facing many challenges and increasing opportunities.

     

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  • 01/15/2018

    Blog

    What to expect for M&A in 2018

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    M&A activity at the start of 2017 was lacklustre and, although momentum picked up towards the end of the year, global M&A volumes were at their lowest since 2013. Despite this, rumours and announcements of high-profile acquisitions, rising deal values and an increase in strategic acquisitions made 2017 a banner year for M&A activity and gave investors, consumers and journalists plenty to talk about.

     

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  • 12/19/2017

    Blog

    Asia-Pacific, North America are strongest regional M&A performers during November 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Merrill DataSite®

    As the year’s M&A activity looks to be drawing to a slow close, two regions saw an increase in deal value YoY. Asia (excluding Japan) saw 312 deals worth US$62.8bn, while Central and South America saw 32 deals valued at US$6.8bn. The top performing sector for the quarter was Energy, Mining & Utilities (EMU).

     

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  • 11/28/2017

    Blog

    A brighter outlook for M&A deals in 2018

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    The start of 2018 seems like it could be promising for deal making in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to industry experts. They see several market-stabilizing factors impacting the new year. 

     

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  • 11/17/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - November 17, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    A compendium of highlights and observations from the week’s notable M&A news, compiled by Merrill Corporation. Merrill facilitates the sharing and disclosure of financial information in transactions such as these with leading virtual data room.

     

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  • 11/10/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - November 10, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    A compendium of highlights and observations from the week’s notable M&A news, compiled by Merrill Corporation. Merrill facilitates the sharing and disclosure of financial information in transactions such as these with leading virtual data room.

     

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  • 11/08/2017

    Blog

    Investment banks' quarterly results recap: Rising valuations add some tension

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Wrap of 3Q 2017 trends/outlooks for M&A based on earnings call commentary from large and middle market investment banks.

     

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  • 11/03/2017

    Blog

    Weekly M&A Digest - November 3, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    A compendium of highlights and observations from the week’s notable M&A news, compiled by Merrill Corporation. Merrill facilitates the sharing and disclosure of financial information in transactions such as these with leading virtual data room.

     

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  • 10/31/2017

    Blog

    Preparing for the GDPR: 6 things to consider

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    If you do business with EU consumers, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must be on your radar. During our recent GDPR webinar, we unpacked some topics regarding the new regulation and the potential impact on organisations both within and outside of the EU.

     

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  • 10/27/2017

    Blog

    Weekly M&A Digest - October 27, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    A compendium of highlights and observations from the week’s notable M&A news, compiled by Merrill Corporation. Merrill facilitates the sharing and disclosure of financial information in transactions such as these with leading virtual data room.

     

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  • 10/27/2017

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    Executing Effective M&A in the Technology Sector

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    No sector is immune from technology disruption with incumbent global leaders reinventing themselves as technology players. There has been a shift in by strategic acquirers willing to do M&A across industries. Many have a finely tuned process for acquiring companies in the same industry, but as industries converge, there is a greater need to share experiences learned from successful “cross-industry” Tech M&A..

     

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  • 10/26/2017

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    Global political uncertainty slows global M&A in Q3 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Global M&A continued to decelerate in Q3 amid ongoing global political uncertainty. A total of 3,774 deals worth US$667.1bn were announced globally in Q3. This marks a 24.2% drop in value year-over-year, with 739 fewer transactions.

     

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  • 10/23/2017

    Blog

    Merrill Corporation in Tokyo and Takara Printing Celebrate Partnership

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Merrill Corporation, in association with Takara Printing, hosted a number of important clients at Italian restaurant XEX Nihonbashi to thank them for their loyalty and give them a sneak peek at our latest innovation.

     

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  • 10/20/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - October 20, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Read the Weekly M&A Digest for October 20, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Germany’s Hochtief Bids for Abertis, Airbus-Bombardier Pact Rankles Boeing, Nordstrom Pauses on Go-Private Plan, and more.

     

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  • 10/16/2017

    Blog

    Deal Makers Equipped to Navigate EU's Data Privacy Revamp

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    The European Union’s updated data protection laws present new, but addressable, risks for deal makers, as well as opportunities for businesses willing to meet the demands of an increasingly digital world. Those were the overarching sentiments delivered by the panelists during Merrill Corporation’s recent webinar, How Revamped EU Privacy Regulations Impact Global M&A.

     

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  • 10/13/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - October 13, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Read the Weekly M&A Digest for October 13, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Express Scripts Buying eviCore, , Honeywell Plans to Spin Off Home, Transportation Businesses, Belgium’s Bpost Purchases Logistics Firm Radialand and more.

     

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  • 10/06/2017

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    'Disruption' Will Keep Providing Fuel to Tech M&A

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Disruption brought on by rapid changes in technology will keep the merger and acquisition wheels rolling. That is one of the clear expectations emanating from Merrill Corporation’s recent webinar, Executing Effective M&A: Opportunities in Technology.

     

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  • 10/06/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - October 6, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Read the Weekly M&A Digest for October 6, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Office Depot "Pivoting" with CompuCom purchase, Wal-mart snags logistics tech start-up, Nordstrom go-private deal and more.

     

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  • 09/29/2017

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    Dealmakers Pursuing Acquisitions in the Face of Geopolitical Uncertainty

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    As geopolitical uncertainty continues into Q3 of 2017, dealmakers continue to pursue acquisitions, but with caution. This cautious approach is seeing dealmakers pursue fewer deals, which is resulting in higher values.

     

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  • 09/29/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - September 29, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 29, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; GE selling industrial solutions business, Denmark’s billion dollar buyout by PE, Siemen’s/Alstom merger and more.

     

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  • 09/29/2017

    Blog

    Merrill's 3rd Annual Singapore F1 Party

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    Our guests were able to experience the full excitement and atmosphere of the Grand Prix and we'd like to share some of the highlights in this video.

     

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  • 09/25/2017

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    Companies Embrace M&A to Support Innovation

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Technological change continues to transform the business landscape at a rapid pace, making it difficult for enterprises to nimbly respond with new products or solutions. In this environment, mergers and acquisitions remain a key avenue for innovation.

     

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  • 09/22/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - September 22, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 22, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Another Aerospace deal for Northrup Grumman, Toshiba decides on memory chip sale, Sprintand T-mobile speculation and more.

     

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  • 09/15/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - September 15, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 15, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Contest for Toshiba Memory Chip Business Heats Up, Contest for Toshiba Memory Chip Business Heats Up, Alphabet Mulling Investment in Lyft and more.

     

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  • 09/12/2017

    Blog

    Are Dealmakers Diligent About Cyber Risks?

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | Merrill DataSite®

    Businesses face increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats that expose them to costly operational disruptions and reputational damage. But in the mergers and acquisitions process, there is concern these potential risks aren’t getting appropriate scrutiny when dealmakers engage in due diligence.

     

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  • 09/08/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - September 8, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 8, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; United Technologies Cinches Rockwell Collins Deal, Tronc Buys New York Daily News, Schneider Electric to Take Control of Aveva Group and more.

     

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  • 09/01/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - September 1, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Read the Weekly M&A Digest for September 1, 2017 and learn more about the following topics; Gilead to Buy Kite Pharma for Nearly $12 Billion, United Technologies Near Deal to Acquire Rockwell Collins, Uber's new CEO and more.

     

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  • 08/25/2017

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    Weekly M&A Digest - August 25, 2017

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    A compendium of highlights and observations from the week’s notable M&A news, compiled by Merrill Corporation which facilitates the sharing and disclosure of financial information in transactions such as these.

     

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  • 08/21/2017

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    The Friendly Side of M&A: Behind-the-Scenes Support for Global Deals

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    There are iconic locations where major mergers and acquisitions are forged -- think New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. Merrill Corporation supports its clients from these and other locations internationally.

     

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  • 08/17/2017

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    Anticipation: Dealmaking Boost From Lighter Regulation Remains Elusive

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    After a year in which regulatory hurdles played a role in the highest volume of deal withdrawals since the financial crisis, changes in Washington spurred expectations for a sharp 2017 pickup in mergers and acquisitions. But a handful of deal setbacks this year raises questions.

     

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  • 08/14/2017

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    Investment Banks Quarterly Results Recap: A "Healthy" M&A Environment

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    The quarterly consensus from executives at the world’s largest investment banks – and some smaller ones, too – is that the deal environment is “healthy,” if unspectacular in comparison to the previous two years, though a murkier timetable on expected tax reform and other policies could lurk as a potential drag.

     

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  • 07/26/2017

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    PE Firms Hover By Oil Patch, Gathering Dry Powder

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Dealmakers are seeing an ongoing build-up of capital poised to flow into the oil and gas sector, as the industry continues to stabilize amid the fallout from a crushing three-year downturn in crude prices. The main sources of cash are private equity firms and other non-bank lenders, while commercial banks maintain a cautious posture toward the energy sector, still nursing wounds inflicted by the oil price bust.

     

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  • 12/05/2016

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    Investment Banks Quarterly Results Recap: A "Healthy" M&A Environment

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    The quarterly consensus from executives at the world’s largest investment banks – and some smaller ones, too – is that the deal environment is “healthy,” if unspectacular in comparison to the previous two years, though a murkier timetable on expected tax reform and other policies could lurk as a potential drag.

     

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