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Dan Loeb swings a legal hammer at Sotheby's

The activist investor and the famed auction house are headed for a courtroom showdown. Loeb wants three board seats and the ability to fire Sotheby's CEO William Ruprecht. The company responded with a $300 million dividend for shareholders and a poison pill aimed squarely at Loeb. Video

Twitter, Apple social data purchases likely to spur more M&A

The U.K.'s DataSift tops the list of potential buyers. Among other social media startups that could be ripe for picking is Banjo, whose mobile app provides aggregated content by topic and location. Banjo could also be a good fit for Twitter. Video

SPONSORED CONTENT 2014 Outlook: Financial Services Deals

The Deal interviews John Marra, Partner, US Financial Services Deals leader at PwC. SPONSORED CONTENT Video

Disney, Google make deals for ideas whose time has yet to come

With a bidding war breaking out for online video upstart Maker Studios, and drone makers of all descriptions being courted by the likes of Google and Facebook, dealmakers are trying to scope out the future to keep ahead of the competition. But it's not only the cutting edge technology sectors that will see more deals -- as consumers return to stores, a number of retailers could go on the block. Video

Rep. Stephen Fincher seeks to boost small stock issuers

The member of the House Financial Services Committee is sponsoring a bill that would give small public companies conducting IPOs more comfort that they can complete their issuance even if they cross thresholds that would disqualify them from taking advantage of the JOBS Act. Video

Bruce Goldfarb finds the value in activist investing

The president and CEO of proxy solicitor Okapi Partners says that activists are often "deep value researchers of the companies in which they invest." Companies, he says, need to be in communication with their shareholders and be open to a "sharing of views" with them. Video

Martin Lipton offers historical perspective on shareholder activism

The co-founder of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has been a staunch opponent of unfettered, aggressive shareholder activism since the 1970s. In his view, the current breed of activists engage in behavior that leaves companies ″wounded″ by pressuring them to sell profitable divisions, take on debt to pay generous dividends, and cut research and development. Video

Bumpy ride ahead for the new global top banana

Chiquita and Fyffes are likely to face a tough time with antitrust regulators on both sides of the Atlantic with their $1.07 billion plan to create the world′s new leading banana company. Concerns are likely to center on a four-to-three reduction in the number of top suppliers. Video

Eileen Nugent analyzes the state of the PE market

The co-head of Global Transactions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, says that the return to a normal private equity market is real. But there's little appetite for the mega-deals of the boom years, and activity in Europe remains slow. Video

Faiza Saeed dissects Delaware court's MWF decision

Faiza Saeed, an M&A partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, discusses the recent ruling on minority buyouts and concludes that the ruling may have only a limited effect on legal practice in the area despite the attention it has received. Video

SPONSORED CONTENT The Deal Video: Pepper Hamilton's Ed Dartley Talks Valuations

Right now, private equity firms are sitting on a cash glut that represents an all-time high for the industry, nearly $1 trillion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, says Pepper Hamilton securities lawyer Ed Dartley, we're also seeing too much capital chasing too few deals. Private equity is spending more capital on less M&A, but it remains to be seen how long into the future this trend will extend. At The Deal, banking and legal sources still expect an uptick in deals this year--as long as the market, and lenders, support it. Video

Relativity Media aims to upend the Disney-Maker deal

Last week, a lawsuit was filed to disrupt the nearly $1 billion transaction. Now, Relativity Media, backed by Ron Burkle, is attempting to swipe the online video content network away from the Mouse House. Video

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