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Goldman Hits Mother Lode on Deals

online.wsj.com — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has cemented its position as the top Wall Street bank for mergers and acquisitions in one of the busiest years in the business. The New York bank, whose name is synonymous with deal making, this week landed roles on two big acquisitions worth a combined $100 billion: Actavis PLC's $66 billion agreement to buy Allergan Inc.

Deal Boom Feeds on Surging Stocks

online.wsj.com — The most active mergers-and-acquisitions market in years sped into an even higher gear Monday, as companies took advantage of rising stock prices to announce more than $100 billion in takeover deals.

Halliburton in Talks to Buy Baker Hughes

online.wsj.com — Halliburton Co. is in talks to buy Baker Hughes Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. Talks between the two oil-field-services companies are moving quickly, and they could reach an agreement soon, said two of the people. The price being discussed couldn't be learned, but a deal for Baker Hughes would likely come at a premium...

Hasbro in early talks to buy DreamWorks

marketwatch.com — Hasbro Inc. is in early talks to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG , in a deal that would bring an animation studio that just recently began diversifying beyond the big screen under the fold of a major toy maker, according to people familiar with the matter.

Obama considering investment banker for top Treasury post

efinancialnews.com — The president is expected to nominate Lazard's Antonio Weiss as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance

Obama considering Lazard banker for Treasury post

marketwatch.com — WASHINGTON-The White House is expected to tap investment banker Antonio Weiss as the next U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, according to people familiar with the matter. Weiss, 48, is currently head of global investment banking at Lazard, a mergers-and-acquisitions and restructuring shop on Wall Street well known for helping arrange corporate marriages and aiding distressed companies.

Hasbro Inc. is in early talks to buy DreamWorks Animation

online.wsj.com — Hasbro Inc. is in early talks to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. in a deal that would bring an animation studio that just recently began diversifying beyond the big screen under the fold of a major toy maker, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Obama Considering Investment Banker for Top Treasury Post

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-The White House is expected to tap investment banker Antonio Weiss as the next U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for domestic finance, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Weiss, 48, is currently head of global investment banking at Lazard, a mergers-and-acquisitions and restructuring shop on Wall Street well known for helping arrange corporate marriages and aiding distressed companies.

Diageo, Jose Cuervo Near Deal to Swap Brands

online.wsj.com — Diageo PLC is nearing an asset-swap deal with Jose Cuervo that would give the British liquor giant full ownership of a fast-growing tequila brand in exchange for its Bushmills whiskey label. The two sides are in advanced talks for a deal that would hand Diageo the 50% of Don Julio tequila that it doesn't already own as well as a cash payment, according to people familiar with the matter.

General Electric Unit is in Talks to Buy Milestone Aviation Group

online.wsj.com — General Electric Co.'s finance arm is negotiating a deal to buy Milestone Aviation Group Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter, as the industrial giant seeks to expand its aircraft-leasing operation into helicopters. Milestone, co-founded by NetJets Inc. founder Richard Santulli, has announced plans for an initial public offering of stock.
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Nov 26, 2014

For a CEO, facing Icahn is no joke, but maybe not as bad as being struck by lightning either. Nice @davecbenoit leder on.wsj.com/1vLkLlb

Nov 18, 2014

RT @GRogow: Check out the Killer Danas (@DanaMattioli and @danacimilluca) leading page 1 on the big boom in M&A on.wsj.com/11m4hCm

Nov 14, 2014

As frenemies Halliburton and Baker Hughes contemplate a union, a clock is ticking in the background on.wsj.com/117ilzx from @lizrhoffman

Nov 14, 2014

Perry Ellis draws takeover offer from Sequential Brands: Friday scoopage from fashionistas @davecbenoit & @danamattioli

Nov 14, 2014

RT @RickBrooksWSJ: Bill Gross made about as much in 2013 as the CEOs of these 20 financial companies combined. bv.ms/1vbXqsx pic.twitter.com/fOK1DS2Lqa

Nov 14, 2014

RT @DeirdreBolton: My Little Poney + Kong Fu Panda. HAS + $DWA= ~$DIS (?) toys, content, distribution w/ @danacimilluca @RiskRewardFBN bit.ly/1EAmkBM

Nov 13, 2014

Halliburton in talks to buy Baker Hughes, oilfield-services co with market value north of $20B. Scoop with @DanaMattioli and @lizrhoffman

Nov 13, 2014

Activist investors turn CEO headhunters on.wsj.com/1tMOZNM via @WSJ, @davecbenoit & @joannlublin

Nov 12, 2014

Mr. Weiss goes to Washington. Lazard M&A maestro Antonio Weiss to be Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. Scoop from @vgmac & me.

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