Tips & Tricks

  • Candy Bar-Themed Financial Tombstone

    European Deal Toys: Hungry? Swiss Chocolate, Polish Cookies & More!

    “9 Ways Candy is Good for You” Unlike most headlines this is one that isn’t likely to cause depression–which, coincidentally, is just one of the many conditions candy (in this case chocolate) has been proven to alleviate. None of which may interest you. So if you’d like, you can just skip the nutritional science and […]

  • European Deal Toy Highlights: See IPO’s New & Old

    IPO’s? Really? Actually, yes. The global downturn in offerings is hardly news; just as familiar are the factors—ranging from the Spanish elections to the EU referendum later this month—said to be inhibiting the European IPO market. But when you see recent signs of optimism on the European IPO front from the Financial Times, and especially, […]

  • Compass-Themed Deal Toy

    Rush Deal Toys: 5 Very Quick Survival Tips

    Ordering rush deal toys doesn’t have to be an ordeal—assuming you act fast and follow some time-tested guidelines. Maybe you just forgot… Or maybe someone simply forgot to tell you. Or maybe the closing event just got scheduled—so it’s really no one’s fault. But it’s still your problem….And however it happened you now have to get deal toys […]

  • Shoe-Themed Deal Tombstone

    European Deal Toy Highlights: Karlie Kloss, “Supercars” & More!

    Our last collection of European deal toys represented deals ranging from British beers to Danish football to German service stations to Italian tires and French retailers. This collection is just as diverse. The tombstones shown here cover hydraulics and cosmetics, mascara and insurance, construction and car care. We hope you enjoy the gallery below. And […]

  • Planet Hollywood-DLJ Lucite Tombstone

    Celebrity Deal Toys: More Enduring Than Even Fame & Fortune!

    The subject here is celebrity investors. And we will begin with the obligatory reference to… Ashton Kutcher. It was either him or Bono, and since Fortune just beat us to the punch with a cover profile of the philanthropist and Facebook beneficiary, we’ll stick with the guy who’s been credited as an early investor in […]

  • More Dinosaur Deal Toys–See Tombstones From The 1990’s!

    The 1990’s…Ah, that was a time. Marauding gangs of ice cream thieves… interminable waits for dial-up access…desktop monitors the size of wood-burning stoves. Actually, the ice cream thing took place in 2015, as you’ll see below, but otherwise that pretty much sums it up. And if you weren’t there to experience it first-hand, don’t despair: […]

  • European Deal Toys: Danish Football, Italian Tires & Much More!

    Seen any good deal toys lately? As we noted in our last round-up of European deal toys, most bankers see surprisingly few—and even fewer outside their firm, office, and even their group. We’ve put together here another gallery highlighting some of the many tombstones designed recently by our London office for banks and firms across […]

  • Beer Keg-Themed Deal Toy

    IB Deals On Tap: Great Beer Industry Deal Toys

    Zombie Dust…Kozy Yak…Surly Darkness…Viking’s Lament… These are just a few of the (characteristically) cryptic names of craft beers. But they could also conceivably be subjects of upcoming deals. 2015 saw 19 craft-beer deals announced in the U.S. alone, totaling $13 billion in value; and while high-profile deals have also recently involved global macro brewers such […]

  • Denver Broncos Field Opening Memento

    Bagel Wars, Broncos, & Ex-M&A Bankers: What’s Become of These Deals 15 Years Later?

    That place where the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos play—what’s it called again? Good question. For years the Denver Post refused to call it anything other than Mile High, even after that venue had been demolished and replaced, in 2001, by Invesco Field. Some local fans and holdouts, claiming a proprietary right based on the […]

  • Superhero/Villain Deal Toys: from Enchantress to Batman…to Batman’s Attorney

    Batman…Superman…Wonder Woman…Captain America…Iron Man. For moviegoers everywhere, 2016 holds the promise of many things, including Truth, Justice…and the continued overuse of the word “iconic”. Scheduled for release on March 25th, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will feature, unsurprisingly, the iconic clash of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. Subsequent releases will focus […]

  • Australia and New Zealand Deal Toys: A Gallery of Recent Highlights

    Most bankers love looking at deal toys. Particularly those done by rival banks…and even if (maybe especially if) their firm lost out on the underlying deal itself. But as we noted in our November round-up of European deal toys, most bankers actually see very few deal toys outside their own office, or even group; and fewer still […]

  • Scooter-Themed Deal Tombstone

    Car & Motorcycle Deal Toys: Yet Another Thrill-Packed Gallery

    The tremendous response to our post several months ago on car and motorcycle deal toys prompted us to reach back again into our archives. Because let’s face it: September can be a busy month… and you may not have time this year to join the annual Riviera Rally (guiding your exotic or luxury car over […]