The Real Deal Toy

  • Real Estate Tombstones: 7 Iconic Buildings & Properties (Updated)

    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? It was reportedly a five-bedroom, five-bathroom spread on the 68th floor of the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]