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Ackman goes raider route in backing Valeant's Allergan bid

The move suggests activism has entered a new phase. But as seen with the Men′s Wearhouse-Jos. A. Bank merger, it′s just another way for dissident investors to push their agendas. Video

H&R Block expected to draw a flock of private equity suitors

After offloading its bank division, the tax preparation company is likely to attract takeover interest from buyout firms. As a pure-play business, H&R has the established brand name, widespread branch network and predictable earnings that financial players crave. Video

Dave & Buster's IPO bust proves valuable to GPs

In late 2012, Oak Hill Capital looked as if it might be on the hook for a bad deal worth nearly $600 million. But, the private equity firm turned the tables, setting itself up in April 2014 for an exit of possibly more than $1 billion. Video

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

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