Tips & Tricks

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • European Deal Toys: Stephen Hawking, Himalayan Bridges, and Hg

    He’s been assaulted with a bazooka, drilled with a football, and unceremoniously sucked into a black hole–and he’s now the centerpiece of one of the deal toys featured here. Take a moment to catch up on some recent European deals and deal toys you may have missed— outside your group, office, bank, or country. The […]

  • European Deal Toys: Mascara, Shanghai Kitchens, Smartphone Guilt & More!

    Catch up on some recent European deal toys you may have missed. Join us on a quick European tour including Sweden, Cyprus, Italy, Holland, Germany—and New Zealand, and North Carolina, and Shanghai. Jens Nilsson founded Swedish service provider Offerta based on an idea he had in New Zealand, and a loan he received from his […]