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Sotheby's, Third Point battle over poison pill

Judge sets preliminary hearing date to review shareholder rights plan ahead of annual meeting. Continue reading

Johnson Controls acquires Air Distribution for $1.6B

Purchase of PE-backed air ventilation parts maker continues JCI's shift away from automotive industry and toward its roots as a maker of building products. Continue reading

Private equity and retailers court each other

With consumers flocking back to stores, some companies are looking more like potential targets. Continue reading

Proxy advisers back Starboard in Darden fight

ISS and Glass Lewis provide activist with a boost in its efforts to block Red Lobster sale. Continue reading

In M&A, the Big Spend returns

Deals of $1 billion or more increased in the first quarter, but multiples aren't yet out of whack. Continue reading

Rhode Island default on 38 Studios debt a real threat

Question is, did impropriety play a role in the videogame development company started by a Red Sox pitcher? Continue reading

Thomas H. Lee eyes tactics switch on seventh fund

Private equity firm, which is targeting up to $5 billion, looks to hold investments for a shorter time. Continue reading

House panel looks at FTC's merger superpowers

Federal law and court rulings give the commission a boost over DOJ when taking deals to court. Continue reading

Some independents eager to take bite out of Sysco

Regional, small distributors tell FTC that plenty of competitors are ready to take on the post-merger giant. Continue reading

Brookstone enters Chapter 11 to sell equity

Spencer Spirit Holdings is set to acquire all of the retailer's shares in a $146.27 million deal that will be tested at auction. Continue reading

Smashburger auction goes stale

Sources blame fast food burger chain's unrealistic price expectation for unsuccessful sale process. Continue reading

Foundering retailers drag malls into a failure vortex

The sad state of the industry has resulted in a profusion of boarded-up stores, "space for rent" signs and landlords scrambling for new tenants. The shopping centers that remain standing will likely look a lot different than they have in the past. Continue reading

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