Giant Tombstones For Giant Deals (Including The Deal Toy Most Likely To Be Stolen)

May 7, 2018 by David Parry

The deal toy most likely to be stolen? No, it isn’t the one shown above. It isn’t even the one we designed to recognize the IPO of Facebook…or Twitter…or Google. But it is here—and rightfully so. The size of a deal toy isn’t...

Deal Toys & Fast Food: Tequila-Infused Doughnuts, Taco Taunts, & More!

April 2, 2018 by David Parry

Mix together David Bowie, Conor McGregor, and Severus Snape. Throw in some buffalo chicken and tequila-infused doughnuts. Then add a portion of cryptocurrency---and you'll then have a preview of our latest post. Take a moment to check it...

Deal Toys & Gaming: Space Ape, CryptoKitties, Fortnite, and More!

March 24, 2018 by David Parry

Warcraft... Clash of Clans... Samurai Siege... CryptoKitties... Call of Duty... These are just a few of the titles associated with publishers featured in our gallery of gaming deal toys. Take a quick look... 3 acquisitions have...

Dinosaur Deal Toys: Back To The 90’s With Blackstone, Bear & More!

November 3, 2017 by David Parry

Lehman. Bear. Chase Manhattan. SSB, H&Q, CSFB..... And also Goldman and Blackstone. They're all names featured in our latest gallery of Dinosaur Deal Toys. From 1995: The hotel interests involved here were purchased by a joint...

Cross-Border Deal Toys: Creative Ideas Beyond Maps & Flags

November 1, 2017 by David Parry

This blog might (rightfully) be the last place you'd seek insights into the dynamics of global, cross-border M&A activity. So we'll skip any analysis and simply note that 1) cross-border deal activity continues to surge this year, and 2)...

ALL “New” Dinosaur Deal Toys: Going Back to The 90’s!

September 20, 2017 by David Parry

Our latest gallery of IB artifacts revisits an era we had previously glimpsed in the inventively titled posts "Dinosaur Deal Toys", "More Dinosaur Deal Toys", and "'New' Dinosaur Deal Toys". Take a quick excursion back to a time featuring names...

7 Landmark Tech Deal Toys

September 10, 2017 by David Parry

An LBO. A British cop. A flying taxi. Two Facebook rejects. See these stories, and more, as we unfurl our gallery of landmark tech deal toys. Michael Dell managed to upstage the $25 billion LBO in which he took his company private in...

European Deal Toys: Ice Cream, Excel, & The Eiffel Tower

June 5, 2017 by David Parry

This week's blog post---our 100th---highlights deals and deal toys from France, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Spain. Take a quick look. Sweden's Candyking specializes in "pick 'n' mix" confectionery. Swedes consume about 16 kilos of candy...

European Deal Toys: Ghosts, Princesses, & Chelsea Football

May 11, 2017 by David Parry

Our latest gallery of European deal toys features ghosts, princesses, and Bulgarian water. Take a quick tour, and as always, if you have a tombstone project pending or in the works, be sure to contact those responsible for these designs: our...