Creative Deal Toy Ideas: 7 Frequently Overlooked Sources of Inspiration

June 1, 2022 by David Parry

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...

Lucite Embedments: The Questions You Should Really be Asking

November 29, 2022 by David Parry

The Lucite embedment process, as you've probably heard, offers an ideal way to preserve, showcase, and honor prized items and objects. Unless you don't know what you're doing. Because it also offers a great way to singe, tinge, melt, mangle,...

Dinosaur Deal Toys: The Bay Area’s IB “Four Horsemen”

November 14, 2022 by David Parry

This post is one in a series celebrating some of the deals and dealmakers in The Corporate Presence's 40-years of designing and providing deal toys and custom awards. Another recent post in this series focused on the late Bruce Wasserstein.  Along...

The $41 Billion London-New York Deal Stolen in The Night

November 10, 2022 by David Parry

Of all the deal toys The Corporate Presence has created for clients over its forty-year history, the design below might seem pretty unremarkable. After all, it's an ordinary rectangle. But it does have all the virtues of a classic deal toy...

5 Memorable Code Name-Themed Finance Tombstones

October 27, 2022 by David Parry

Code names unleash all sorts of creative possibilities for finance tombstones. A code name explains, for instance, how a tropical drink invented and popularized in Cuba could provide the inspiration for a tombstone commemorating a private equity...

Dinosaur Deal Toys: The New York Powerhouse Nicknamed “Wasserella”

October 25, 2022 by David Parry

This post was originally written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Corporate Presence as a provider of deal toys and custom awards. It's also part of a series of posts celebrating some of the noteworthy deals---and personalities behind...

5 Investment Banking Tombstones for 5 Remarkable Deals

October 11, 2022 by David Parry

The phrase "investment banking tombstones" tends to conjure up some immediate associations: buttoned-up, drab, and probably most of all, boring. A lot of that's undoubtedly due to the word "tombstone". In just about any context, the word pretty...

Deal Toy Design: 5 Often-Overlooked Standard Shapes

October 4, 2022 by David Parry

You probably don't spend a lot of time monitoring trends in deal toy design, and no one's suggesting that you should be. You're much more likely to be attuned to even subtle changes in the world of fashion, or to the announced design tweaks to the...

5 Great Ideas for Food and Beverage Tombstones

September 13, 2022 by David Parry

Food and beverage tombstones tend to have a little more cachet than those in other sectors. What's so special about these financial transactions---and their tombstones? Maybe it's the fact that they usually involve common, everyday items. Add to...