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How Time Warner Cable got so damn expensive

The emergence of a potential rival helped drive up the price of John Malone's long-sought trophy. Another merger and an irresistible opportunity also contributed to the $79 billion price tag. Continue reading

PE-backed Petsense holds very early M&A talks

While Winona Capital Management said it isn't running any type of sales process, its managing director does acknowledge other companies in the pet retail sector are intrigued by the chain. Continue reading

PE-backed apparel retailer Hot Topic acquires Star Wars merchandise seller GeekNet

Hot Topic, a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, bolts on the purveyor of Star Wars, Marvel and Star Trek-branded merchandise, paying a 122% premium. Continue reading

After lengthy pursuit, Malone and Charter reach $78.7 billion Time Warner Cable deal

Charter will also roll up Bright House Networks. Continue reading

At Stanley Black & Decker, a retooling would boost growth

The company hinted at a spinoff of its security operations, a move that could strengthen its balance sheet to enough to resume buying up rivals. Continue reading

For Vi-Jon, a busted auction won't end the sale process

Berkshire Partners took the maker of Germ-X hand sanitizer off the block earlier this year, but improved finances and a little patience could fetch a better price. Continue reading

Rubicon Project basks in the reflected glow of AOL's sale to Verizon

The Los Angeles-based provider of advertising technology is an attractive, but potentially expensive target for strategics. Continue reading

China Inc. goes private -- one mediocre piece at a time

Beijing's restructuring of state-owned enterprises will generate some opportunities for foreign investors, but in a seller's market the government is always looking out mainly for itself. Continue reading

Europe sets conditions for Mondelez, D.E. Master Blenders to blend their coffees

The U.S. and Dutch coffee joint venture gets European regulators' approval, but the companies must sell brands to caffeinate competition in the region. Continue reading

RadioShack heading for IP sale, round three of store lease auctions

The electronics retailer won approval of bidding procedures for its intellectual property and the final tranche of its store leases. Continue reading

At Tempur Sealy, high-end and low-end products are strange bedfellows

The mattress giant has few options beyond bringing in new leadership to cut costs. Breaking up the company would allow the upmarket side to thrive. Continue reading

State courts grow in popularity as forums for liquidations

UCC Article 9 sales become a less costly, hassle-free alternative to those done via a bankruptcy. Continue reading

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