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Mar 21, 2016

IHS finds its new CEO while Markit materially grows its empire – but where are they going?

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In one of the more interesting transactions in the information space of late, Colorado-based IHS (NYSE:IHS) and London-based Markit (NASDAQ:MRKT) announced their intent to merge yesterday. Based upon March 18, 2016 closing prices, the transaction values IHS and Markit at about $7.5bn and $5.2bn in equity value (or $10.4bn and $5.9bn in enterprise value), respectively. Upon completion of the merger, the combined company will be renamed IHS Markit. We’re still trying to figure out what it all means.

Jan 7, 2016

ISIS, Russia, San Bernardino, and M&A

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Earlier this week, to start the New Year, I was privileged to attend a breakfast discussion led by Bo Cutter, Senior Fellow of the Roosevelt Institute; formerly a member of President Clinton’s National Economic Council, President Carter’s Executive Director for Budget, and Chief Economist at Warburg Pincus. Cutter asked another guest to speak, Frank Wisner. Among other things, Mr. Wisner was the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Philippines and India; a former Undersecretary of State; and a former Undersecretary of Defense. He served in the administrations of Presidents Reagan, Carter, George HW Bush, and Clinton. In 2011, President Obama asked Wisner…

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Dec 23, 2015

M&A Holiday Reading List

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Dear Clients and Friends: ‘Tis the season!  For many, this is a time to catch up with friends and family – and perhaps on a bit of reading.  In that spirit, the M&A team has complied a short list of what we are reading this holiday season. It’s an eclectic mix, with some intended to help us become more savvy leaders, some focused on  elevating our entrepreneurship skills, some teaching us something new about the world; and a few just for fun. Share your thoughts with us below and let us know if there’s a good read we should add…

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Dec 22, 2015

2015 December EDA Newsletter

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Dear Clients and Friends, The linked report focuses on our sense of M&A values and activities in the Enterprise Data & Analytics sector. We hope you find it useful. We live in interesting times. Click here for the report A few weeks ago, Michael Dell proclaimed at the Web Summit in Dublin that the “data economy” is the next trillion-dollar opportunity. He preceded that statement by noting that “if you look at companies today, most of them are not very good at using the data they have to make better decisions in real time.” We couldn’t agree more with Mr. Dell.…

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