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  • 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 […]

  • The “Tombstone Tomb”: More IB Tales from the Crypt

    The firm that helped launch the careers of Ken Moelis, Paul Singer, and Stephen Schwarzman—among many others? It no longer exists. But we see reminders of DLJ around our office every day—along with countless other firms that, regrettably, are also no longer with us. Over the years we’ve received numerous requests to share deal toys done for these […]

  • Deal Toys & Fast Food: Tequila-Infused Doughnuts, Taco Taunts, & More!

    Mix together David Bowie, Conor McGregor, and Severus Snape. Throw in some buffalo chicken and tequila-infused doughnuts. Then add a portion of cryptocurrency—and you’ll then have a preview of our latest post. Take a moment to check it out.   Alghanim Industries, which acquired Wendy’s MENA franchise rights in this 2015 transaction, also operates outlets […]

  • Deal Toys & Gaming: Space Ape, CryptoKitties, Fortnite, and More!

    Warcraft… Clash of Clans… Samurai Siege… CryptoKitties… Call of Duty… These are just a few of the titles associated with publishers featured in our gallery of gaming deal toys. Take a quick look… 3 acquisitions have been identified as crucial to Microsoft’s new, multi-platform game streaming service–its “Netflix for games”: Havok (2015), PlayFab (2018), and  […]

  • Dinosaur Deal Toys: Back To The 90’s With Blackstone, Bear & More!

    Lehman. Bear. Chase Manhattan. SSB, H&Q, CSFB….. And also Goldman and Blackstone. They’re all names featured in our latest gallery of Dinosaur Deal Toys. From 1995: The hotel interests involved here were purchased by a joint venture that included Starwood Capital Group and Goldman Sachs. Eller Media Company officially changed its name in 2001 to […]

  • Cross-Border Deal Toys: Creative Ideas Beyond Maps & Flags

    This blog might (rightfully) be the last place you’d seek insights into the dynamics of global, cross-border M&A activity. So we’ll skip any analysis and simply note that 1) cross-border deal activity continues to surge this year, and 2) there’s therefore an increased chance you might want a deal toy incorporating a cross-border theme. Just […]

  • Some Landmark M&A Deals—And Their Deal Toys

    The M&A deals commemorated here involved not only individuals like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and Robert Iger…but also a Ukrainian immigrant and a former Yahoo engineer. They involved firms like Blackstone, Moelis, Evercore, and Goldman Sachs…but also others such as Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. As with our other posts on historic deal […]

  • ALL “New” Dinosaur Deal Toys: Going Back to The 90’s!

    Our latest gallery of IB artifacts revisits an era we had previously glimpsed in the inventively titled posts “Dinosaur Deal Toys“, “More Dinosaur Deal Toys“, and “‘New’ Dinosaur Deal Toys“. Take a quick excursion back to a time featuring names like Broadview, First Boston, BT, and a firm nicknamed “Wasserella”. Prior to this 2000 stock […]