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  • Blackstone Group Deal Tombstone

    Creative Deal Toy Ideas: 7 Frequently Overlooked Sources of Inspiration (Updated)

    Coming up with creative deal toy ideas can be a chore for bankers, especially when they’re faced with the same predictable, stock suggestions. Fortunately there are a number of imaginative–though commonly overlooked— design alternatives. Coming up with memorable deal toy ideas can sometimes be a huge challenge for bankers—and a needlessly time-consuming one. Especially when, […]

  • Google IPO Deal Toy

    The Google IPO Deal Toy: Revisiting the 10-Year Anniversary, 5 Years Later

    Company’s signature lava lamps provide inspiration for landmark tombstone In honor of the 15th anniversary of Google’s IPO–which falls next Monday, August 19th—we are re-posting this tribute to the 10th anniversary of the offering, and of the deal toy commemorating it. August hasn’t traditionally been the most laid-back month for Google. Last week it announced the […]

  • Custom Wood & Lucite Financial Tombstone

    MORE Landmark M&A Deals—And Their Deal Toys (Updated)

    You go to sleep convinced you’ve pulled off a mega deal…only to find out the next morning that it’s been snatched away from you—in the middle of the night, a continent away. See which deal we’re talking about below in the follow-up to our post on landmark M&A deal toys.   With the acquisition of […]

  • “New” Dinosaur Deal Toys: Going Back To The 90’s! (Updated)

    The deal toy above dates back to May, 1998—-back to when Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers had merged to form Salomon Smith Barney…and before both would merge once again, this time into Citigroup. As with our previous galleries of Dinosaur Deal Toys and More Dinosaur Deal Toys, this collection celebrates vintage tombstones going as far […]

  • More Gambling Tombstones—New & Old

    Take Shots Embrace the Grind Be a Nice Person Keep Tilt External Be Serious About Your Legacy Dealmaking wisdom from some investment banking grandee? Actually they’re tips for beginning World Series of Poker players—offered up by 15-time champion Phil Hellmuth, aka “The Poker Brat”. Hellmuth’s victory in the WSOP 30 years ago almost single-handedly transformed […]

  • Movie-Themed Deal Toys: From Shrek to Shadowman! (Updated)

    How vital was Shrek to the financial survival of DreamWorks? “That little green ogre”, DreamsWorks co-founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg once said, “saved us”. Not surprisingly, Shrek also provided the inspiration for the deal toy when DreamWorks went public. Check out the DreamWorks IPO tombstone, and join us for a quick, escapist retrospective of this and other movie-inspired deal […]

  • Warren Buffett’s Deal Toys: Just in Time for BH 2019!

    He’s been called “the greatest investor in history”… “The most fascinating American success story of our time”…. “The inventor and caretaker of a rare persona that has no equivalent in American business”… Who is he? No, sorry…it’s not Ashton Kutcher—not this time, or at least, not quite yet. Good guess though. 50 Cent? Nas? Jared […]

  • Game-Themed Deal Toys: Legends, Settlers, Clans—and Ducks & Vols

    The recently completed 2019 NCAA college basketball tournament brought home the widely shared, abiding passion for the game—-the game being the addictive, old-school relic Settlers of Catan. Stars of two tournament teams, Payton Pritchard of Oregon and Grant Williams of Tennessee,  confessed an obsession with Settlers, with Williams even being approached courtside, prior to the […]

  • More Car-Themed Deal Toys

    The recent focus on Uber and Lyft was a reminder to us that though we’ve devoted a number of galleries to IPO deal toys over the years, we’ve neglected, at least recently, the “ride” portion of the ride-sharing equation. Provided below is a belated follow-up to our two previous posts, “Car & Motorcycle Deal Toys” […]

  • Closing Dinner Deal Toys: 5 Ways to Avoid Disaster

    Bankers can vastly reduce the downside of closing dinners and other deal toy deadlines by guarding against these 5 common pitfalls. What happened to one analyst’s deal toys —deal toys that were supposed to be given out at a closing dinner that very night—-was more than a little scary. Maybe an even better word, as […]