The 10 Biggest M&A Deals of 2013

Mergers and acquisitions never reached the fizzy levels experts predicted, but 2013 is still shaping up to be the best year for U.S. deal activity in five years.

Although most mergers and acquisitions ultimately fail to create value for shareholders down the road, it’s hard to say that the economy or markets are truly healthy without them — and that’s not just because investment bankers and corporate law firms need to get paid.

Companies don’t do much wheeling and dealing when markets and the economy are in a funk. A pickup in mergers and acquisitions activity is a sign of confidence — and animal spirits and investor psychology are as critical as anything to ensuring better times ahead.

Despite notching one of the biggest mergers and acquisitions on record, 2013 was hardly a whirlwind of deal activity, but it did pick up smartly.

U.S. mergers and acquisitions volume totalled $865.1 billion in the first nine months of 2013, according to Dealogic. That’s a 39% increase over the same period a year ago — and the highest nine-month total since 2008.

For the top 10 mergers acquisitions of 2013, according to FactSet, read on:

  1. Applied Materials (AMAT) Buys Tokyo Electron (TOELY), $10 billion
  2. Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) Buys Spectra Energy Corp.’s (SE), $9.8 billion
  3. American Airlines (AAMRQ) Buys US Airways (LCC), $11 billion
  4. Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) Buys Life Technologies (LIFE), $13 billion
  5. Liberty Global (LBTYA) Buys Virgin Media, $16 billion
  6. Publicis Groupe (PUBGY) Buys Omnicom Group (OMC), $17 billion
  7. Comcast (CMCSA) Buys NBC Universal Media from General Electric (GE), $17 billion
  8. Michael Dell and Private Equity Firm Silverlake Buy Dell, $25 billion
  9. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) and 3G Partners Buy H.J. Heinz, $23 billion
  10. Verizon (VZ) Buys Out Verizon Wireless Stake from Vodafone (VOD), $130 billion

Karanovic & Nikolic Regional Energy News PDF

Karanovic & Nikolic has released the September 2013 issue of its Regional Energy News publication, which covers the following regions: Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Regional energy news September 2013

About Karanovic & Partners

We are a regional legal practice in Southeast Europe with tradition spanning two decades and cooperating offices in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. With more than 100 attorneys at law cooperating across the region, we take pride in our work, dedication and understanding of our client’s industries and needs.

DLA Piper Intellectual Property and Technology News PDF

DLA Piper has released the Q3 2013 edition of its Intellectual Property and Technology News – United States.

DLA Piper IP and Technology News PDF

DLA Piper is a multinational law firm with offices in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

PDF Contents

  • The right of publicity in college sports
  • Trade Dress Watch
  • Supreme Court corner
  • The future of DNA patents
  • The impact of inter partes review on patent litigation
ADVISORY EXCELLENCE

Law At Work Celebrating a Decade of Advisory Excellence

Law At Work, the Channel Islands’ employment relations specialists, marked its 10th anniversary of advising Channel Island businesses in the fields of employment rights, human resources, and health and safety, by holding a series of briefings and training on the forthcoming Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013.

Established in 2004, Law At Work came under Channel Island ownership in 2010 following a management buyout and is today led by Kelly Flageul, Managing Director, Heidi Gibaut, Executive Director, Sharon Peacock, Technical Director and Richard Plaster, Director who between them have over 75 years of combined legal and human resources experience.

Ten years on and Law At Work’s experienced HR professionals and health and safety experts, supported by their non-practising legal team, continue to deliver training, documentation and support on employee relations matters. The service is tailored to the specific requirements of a business from day-to-day HR management to the roll out of more strategic programmes, as well as guiding clients through the tribunal process. The health and safety team deliver practical training, site and office safety inspections and accident investigation services, assisting clients to meet their legal obligations and provide a safe workplace for their customers and employees.

Kelly Flageul, Managing Director of Law At Work, said: “We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary at a time when significant anti-discrimination legislation is about to be introduced in Jersey and businesses are only too aware of needing to be prepared for it. This has highlighted the value of the service that we offer to businesses, large and small, who are seeking support and guidance to navigate their way through new laws.

“Over the last 10 years the Law At Work service has evolved to meet the changing needs of businesses, it is no longer just about making sure HR policies and employee handbooks are up to date; with new employment laws there is a great deal more for businesses to consider and we’re there to support them. We have also developed our service lines to serve local businesses with support in regard to health and safety laws, an area which is often neglected at great cost.

“We would like to thank our clients for their ongoing support and we are now seeking to take the business forward and continue supporting Channel Island businesses for the next decade, and beyond.”

How We Work

As trusted experts in employment law, HR and health & safety, we offer a range of flexible employee relations services under one roof. By delivering top quality, all-inclusive fixed-fee advice, we enable employers to take quick, confident and decisive action.

Marc Jacobson named Entertainment Lawyer of the Year

Selected by Chambers USA every year since 2005 and by Super Lawyers since 2008 as one of the top Entertainment Lawyers in New York City, Marc Jacobson built his unique practice by focusing on his two passions: music and film. He has represented the estates of world-renowned musicians George and Ira Gershwin, Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington and noted songwriters Shakira and Annie Roboff. He handled many films, including “Conviction,” starring two-time Academy Award Winner Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. He represented Oscar Nominee Rip Torn and is now Executive Producer of Dennis Hopper’s final film. He also held senior executive positions at several major Internet companies, and has significant experience in the entertainment and Internet industries. He currently advises many clients from around the globe on the business and intellectual property issues faced by entertainment businesses in the digital age, and offers creative business and financing strategies. This includes matters relating to the creation, development and exploitation of intellectual property rights in internet-based content as well as traditional film, television, video, music and theatrical matters. Some of his clients include industry leaders like Qtrax, which offers free and legal music on line to consumers in 66 countries, in an advertising supported environment; The New York Philharmonic; singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and Vice Chairman of ASCAP; Amy Atlas, “The Sweets Stylist” and Brian and Eddie Holland, noted songwriters for The Supremes, The Four Tops and many other important performers. Mr. Jacobson also represents Ibiza United, which operates nightclubs in Spain, and is opening two nightclubs in New York City, as well as two music festivals in Croatia and Columbia.

As a result of Marc Jacobson’s broad business and legal background, he is frequently sought out as an adviser by a diverse group of individuals and companies in connection with production, licensing, financing, recording, distributing, publishing, joint venture, personal service and related contracts. He has unique experience and expertise in handling the purchase and sale of music publishing catalogues and the financing, production and distribution of filmed entertainment. He is also well known for his strong experience with regard to the approval and disaffirmance of minors’ contracts.

Marc Jacobson graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his JD from New York University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in three states: New York, California (inactive) and Florida (inactive). Mr. Jacobson is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts and Sports Law. In his capacity as the former General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Public Policy for a major online service, Mr. Jacobson was among the pioneers in digital media law, and was a principal draftsman of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Due to his unparalleled experience in the field, he was called upon to offer expert testimony before Congress and WIPO regarding the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. An invited lecturer at industry conferences across the country on issues relating to entertainment and digital media law, Mr. Jacobson also served as Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School.