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Sycamore and Express end talks over leveraged buyout

Reason given was lack of favorable financing, though other factors are likely in play. Continue reading

Wet Seal latest teen retailer to slip into Chapter 11

The mall-based chain plans to hand the majority of its equity to B. Riley Financial through a reorganization plan. Continue reading

Jamba's juice could include buybacks

While the chain eyes franchised store count hikes, investors may want share buybacks. Continue reading

Target concedes defeat in Canada, plans to close stores

After spending billions on Zellers locations, department store will shutter all Canadian stores. Continue reading

Lender lusts put borrowers on a pedestal

Companies looking to refinance in 2014 were being romanced with multiple term sheets. Supply was so robust that beauty contests were commonplace. At the same time, due diligence became more intense and lenders will pounce at the first sign of trouble. Continue reading

Five developments to watch as activism gains steam

With the economy slowly recovering in 2014, activist investors had a field day. So did advisers to companies fighting off their most vocal investors, or those concerned that an activist might put in an appearance. Continue reading

Tesco sells blinkbox, puts Dunnhumby under review

Shares in the beleaguered grocer rise sharply after its recently arrived CEO posts better-than-expected Christmas sales and announces a raft of restructuring measures. Continue reading

Wet Seal closes stores in effort to stay alive

After notice of default from a lender, teen retailer turns to drastic measures. Continue reading

Investor calls for Revlon tender

Armored Wolf says the move by Ronald Perelman's MacAndrews & Forbes to acquire the 22% of the beauty products giant it does not own would be the prelude to a sale of the company. Continue reading

Shake Shack whets IPO watchers' appetites

Danny Meyer's fast food chain joins a number of other recent restaurant public offerings. Continue reading

Insurgencies by the numbers

Dissident shareholders went big in 2014: Bigger companies were targeted, funds under management expanded rapidly and insurgents teamed up more frequently than ever before. That dramatic story is reflected in the statistics. Continue reading

Coming soon: Big deals, bigger busts

Finally! Boldface buyouts, blockbuster mergers and some old LBO busts on the way in 2015. Here's a look at some of the themes and headlines likely to dominate the next 12 months. Continue reading

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