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Merger Litigation Reaches Record Highs in 2013, Study Shows
These days, you can be sure that when a company announces it is being acquired, it will also be sued by a bevy of plaintiffs’ lawyers. Merger litigation is a big issue in Delaware, and it reached a record rate last year.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-01-10) Read the full article
2013 Brought Best Year for IPOs Since 2007, But M&A Quiet
According to data recently released from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association, the mergers-and-acquisitions market for venture-backed companies was uncharacteristically quiet in 2013, with only 377 deals completed. By contrast, the IPO market was the best it's been since 2007.
(Source: Inc., 2014-01-07) Read the full article
Bill Would Cut Compliance Costs for M&A of Small, Private Co's
A bill aimed at reducing regulations on the sale of small private businesses is likely to receive approval in Congress. If adopted, the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2013 under the U.S. House version (HR 2274), would grease the wheels for business brokers and investment bankers who focus on small private companies mostly because compliance costs would be sharply reduced.
(Source:, 2014-01-17) Read the full article
Big Businesses Turn to Small Firms to Help with Innovation
Launched in 2006, Chris Cera's Philadelphia startup, Vuzit, had burned through its initial investment capital by 2009, and its cloud-based document management system was not bringing in sufficient revenue to keep it afloat. The venture might have failed if a consultant hadn't suggested it tap a new market: behemoth businesses seeking help innovating.
(Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014-01-10) Read the full article
Patent Troll Files Suit Against Federal Trade Commission
One of the most notorious patent trolls has taken aim at an unexpected target: the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. An outfit called MPHJ has filed a "preemptive" lawsuit against the FTC, claiming the government agency is unlawfully interfering with the company's right to enforce its patents.
(Source: Wired News, 2014-01-15) Read the full article
Boutique Firms Raking in More Fees from M&A Advising
The big investment banks, most notably Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, continue to take the majority of fees from advising on mergers and acquisitions, but boutique and independent investment banks are gaining on them. In 2013, boutiques and independents earned a combined 30 percent of fees for completed transactions, according to Thomson Reuters, the highest since it began keeping track in 2000.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-01-08) Read the full article
Survey Finds $36B in Secondary Deals Occurred in 2013
The secondary market's volume last year may be bigger than what many expected, with the exception of Setter Capital. The firm's 2013 volume survey, which was culled from 115 firms, estimated that some $36 billion in secondary transactions took place last year, including $23.1 billion of private equity fund stake purchases and an additional $5.3 billion of so-called direct secondary deals.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-01-06) Read the full article
Venture Capitalists Investing Funds in Health Care Industry
The U.S. healthcare system is sick, but increasingly early stage investors are spending money on new technology companies they believe can help provide a cure. The number of companies raising money from investors for the first or second time has skyrocketed since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to data from CrunchBase.
(Source: Tech Crunch, 2014-01-15) Read the full article
Alternative Financial Firms Boosting Small Business Lending
Venture capital firms like small business lending these days, at least the alternative lenders that make pricey capital available to Main Street. To judge by a long article in the Wall Street Journal, alternative finance companies are doing a good job when it comes to "faster and easier."
(Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014-01-10) Read the full article
In Response to Shareholders, Apple Pledges to Diversify Board
Following criticism from investor activists, technology juggernaut Apple is pledging to actively try to recruit more women and minorities to its board of directors. Efforts by shareholders to increase the number of women on boards have been a mixed bag in recent years.
(Source: The Washington Post (free reg. req'd), 2014-01-08) Read the full article
Trademark Owners’ Options as New gTLDs Launch


Susan Rector

New domain name endings began being launched Nov. 26, 2013, and are expected to be released in batches of roughly 20 new gTLDs each week or 50 gTLDs each month thereafter during 2014. Trademark owners should be attentive to this now to not miss the launch of a new domain ending for which they intend to file a new domain name. Read full post online.


By The Numbers

According to a new survey of around 2,300 marketers around the world by ExactTarget’s "2014 State of Marketing" report, an estimated one-third (34 percent) of marketers say they have seen a return on investment from their social media spending.
Source: MediaPost blogs, The Social Graf


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