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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 […]

  • Sports Deal Toys: Rugby, MUFC, UFC, KKR, NFL, NHL, & More! (UPDATED)

    Our newest gallery of sports-themed tombstones features 2018 deals, as well as some going back as far as 2001. 2001…in other words, the year Conor McGregor (also featured here) was 12 years old. None of these pieces was included in our previous round-up of sports-themed deal toys. Take a moment to check them out. One […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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    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, […]

  • Warren Buffett’s Deal Toys: Just in Time for BH 2018!

    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. Nas? Jared Leto?…Troy Carter? […]

  • 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. This 2016 deal—aimed at easing […]

  • 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  […]

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

    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 […]

  • 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, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs…but also others such as Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. As with our other posts on […]

  • 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 […]

  • 7 Landmark Tech Deal Toys

    An LBO. A British cop. A flying taxi. Two Facebook rejects. See these stories, and more, as we unfurl our gallery of landmark tech deal toys. Michael Dell managed to upstage the $25 billion LBO in which he took his company private in 2013 with this 2015 deal. It remains the largest tech acquisition in […]

  • Real Estate Tombstones: 7 Iconic Buildings & Properties

    Europe’s largest office building. New York City’s most expensive rental. The building nicknamed “The Bottle Opener”. The hotel created by feuding blue-blood cousins. They’re all here—and more—in our quick review of iconic buildings and properties. New York City’s most expensive non-hotel rental? A five-bedroom, five-bathroom spread on the 68th floor of the Time Warner Center’s […]

  • European Deal Toys: Ice Cream, Excel, & The Eiffel Tower

    This week’s blog post—our 100th—highlights deals and deal toys from France, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Spain. Take a quick look. Sweden’s Candyking specializes in “pick ‘n’ mix” confectionery. Swedes consume about 16 kilos of candy per person annually. (The world’s highest per capita consumer? Germany.)Valencia-based GH Electrotermia produces induction heating equipment.The Linth-Limmern hydroelectric system is […]

  • More Gambling Tombstones—New & Old

    We’ve previously marked the opening of the World Series of Poker with a gallery of gambling-themed deal toys. So with the WSOP set to begin May 30th at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, we thought we’d share some additional designs—some current, some dating back as far as the 90’s. Take […]

  • European Deal Toys: Ghosts, Princesses, & Chelsea Football

    Our latest gallery of European deal toys features ghosts, princesses, and Bulgarian water. Take a quick tour, and as always, if you have a tombstone project pending or in the works, be sure to contact those responsible for these designs: our London office. DFS (Duty Free Stores) was co-founded by Robert Miller—recently recognized as the […]