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Chinese versions of Yelp and Groupon combine

Chinese tech giants Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. have struck a deal for the second time this year to combine rival startups. Video

The Deal speaks with McKinsey & Company

David Marcus of The Deal, speaks with Andy West, Director at McKinsey & Company about the M&A landscape. Video

AB InBev fails to woo SABMiller

Anglo-South African beer giant SABMiller plc said its board unanimously rejected Anheuser-Busch InBev SA′s $104 billion takeover offer. Video

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice exits PharMEDium

AmerisourceBergen Corp. said it is acquiring PharMEDium Healthcare Holdings Inc. from private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC for $2.58 billion in cash. Video

Activist Starboard looks to ignite change at Advance Auto Parts

Jeff Smith's activist hedge fund Starboard Value has set out to drive change at the car parts retail chain, reporting a 3.7% stake and announcing plans to make a presentation about the company at an investment conference in Toronto. Video

Energy Transfer acquires Williams Cos. for $38B

Energy Transfer Equity LP is buying pipeline operator Williams Companies Inc. in a transaction valued at about $37.7 billion, including the assumption of debt and other liabilities. The deal will create the third largest energy franchise in North America and one of the five largest global energy companies Video

Office Depot merger to get closer look from the EC

The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into Staples Inc.'s $6.3 billion purchase of Office Depot Inc.The merger, which was blocked by the Federal Trade Commission back in 1997, is already facing intense scrutiny in the U.S., where it would leave just one national office supply chain. Video

BBA Aviation inks $2.1B deal to buy Carlyle's Landmark Aviation

Britain's BBA Aviation plc has agreed to buy fellow aircraft services provider Landmark Aviation Inc. for a $2.07 billion enterprise value. The deal will extend BBA's market leadership in business aviation, and add a new chartered-aircraft management business to the British company's operations. Video

Gap sales decline makes case for brand sales

It has been a rough few months for retail giant Gap Inc. (GPS) as its shares fell from a 52-week high of $43.90 cents per share to $31.70 per share at Tuesday's market close. This represents a nearly 27.8%. This represents a nearly 27.8% decline since late March. Industry observers said that one way for Gap to help address its issues is to sell or spin-off one or more of its brands to better focus on turning around one brand rather than all of them. Video

Starwood Waypoint and Colony American join forces in $1.5B deal

Confident that consumers will continue to opt for rental properties, Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust and Colony American Homes said they would combine in an all-stock deal valued at about $1.5 billion. Video

Ashland unveils plan to spinout Valvoline

Ashland Inc. has unveiled plans to split into two publicly traded companies, one focusing on specialty chemicals and the other focusing on lubricants. The Covington, Ky.-headquartered company said Tuesday that the separation follows a strategic planning review by the leadership team. Ashland said the split also marks the final step in its more than decade-long transformation from an oil refiner and marketer to a specialty chemicals company. Video

Sycamore looks to exit Kurt Geiger and Anne Klein

Sycamore Partners Inc. will pursue the sale of portfolio companies Kurt Greiger Ltd. and Anne Klein as it focuses on it $3 billion deal for Belk Inc. announced last month. The New York-based private equity firm is also considering a sale of both the Kasper Group, a private label business Video

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