A Gallery of Our Favorite Gambling & Casino Deal Toys

May 29, 2015 by David Parry

The 2015 edition of the World Series of Poker—just getting underway at the Rio in Las Vegas—will feature a number of changes. Open-Face Chinese Poker, for instance, has sadly been eliminated from the competition. One constant at this year’s...

Cross-Border Deal Tombstones: Browse Our Latest Worldwide Gallery

May 22, 2015 by David Parry

The continuing surge in cross-border deals has, inevitably, led to more cross-border deal tombstones—including some new and imaginative takes on the theme. In the four months since our previous post on cross-border deal tombstones, the trend we...

Car & Motorcycle Deal Toys: Check Out a Thrill-Packed Gallery

May 15, 2015 by David Parry

Bankers have long found ways to incorporate cars and motorcycles into their deal toys—and even if they have no ostensible connection to the underlying transaction itself. Sometimes cars and bikes get worked into the deal toy design by virtue...

The Facebook IPO Deal Toy Marks an Anniversary

May 14, 2015 by David Parry

Facebook’s landmark IPO also generated an iconic deal toy. The Facebook IPO deal toy---along with those we designed to recognize the IPO's for Google and Twitter---is arguably the deal toy we're most often asked about. At meetings and...

Project “Big Bang”? Project “Eastwood”? More Great Code Name-Inspired Deal Toys

May 11, 2015 by David Parry

Code names can provide a great source of deal toy ideas, even if it’s only to enliven an otherwise conventional design. Devising a successful code name for a deal takes some foresight. As former M&A banker Scott Rostan explained to the Wall...

“I’m a Celebrity…Where’s My Deal Toy?!”

May 1, 2015 by David Parry

Did Bono get a deal toy? What about 50 Cent? Or William Shatner? Did anyone remember to put Shatner on the distribution list? We honestly don’t know, and quite frankly, it’s none of our business. But we do know that each of the deal...

Another Landmark Acquisition Recalls “The Most Profitable Deal in History”—and The Lucite That Commemorates It

April 20, 2015 by David Parry

Blackstone’s $23 billion purchase of GE’s real estate assets recalled another, earlier landmark deal Blackstone began April already the largest private sector landlord in the United States. With its acquisition of GE’s real estate...

Looking for Inspired Deal Toy Ideas? Check Out These Amazing Product Replicas

April 7, 2015 by David Parry

As the gallery below illustrates, product replicas, almost by definition, can provide unique deal toy ideas—as well as those for valued custom corporate awards and gifts. Mention “product replica” and most people start to wince. After...

9 Awards You Really Don’t Want To Win

March 27, 2015 by David Parry

Just as there are clichéd, unspeakably bad awards meant to recognize superior performance, there are also creative, imaginative awards recognizing unspeakably bad performance. Yes, we've previously addressed the topic of bad awards (“7...