DealCloserBlog Roundup November 21

Because you can’t follow all of the dealmaking updates, we do it for you. This week features hedge fund security, M&A in Africa, and health care M&A.

24 November 2014


Welcome to your guide on the most interesting M&A, corporate development, alternative investments and debt capital markets news and events.

Because you can’t follow all of the dealmaking updates, we do it for you. Each week we will share the top stories featured on our blog to catch you up to speed. Check these out …






  • Two new huge deals indicate the M&A market will likely stay hot into Q1 2015, as USA Today points out. These transactions are: 1) Activis PLC's $66 billion deal for Botox maker Allergan; and 2), Halliburton's $34.6 billion bid for Baker Hughes. In 2014 there were almost 30 deals valued at $10 billion-plus; there were nearly 500 worth $1 billion-plus. So far, 2014’s M&A deal value has hit $3.1 trillion — up 52 percent from the levels a year ago.
  • In a surging M&A year, one of the standout segments is health care. This sector has hit $438 billion in deals so far this year, says the Associated Press. This is the most M&A activity the health care sector has seen in at least the past 20 years. In large part, this is because health care players are trying to cut costs and increase market share through consolidation.
  • Private investors, maybe it’s time to listen to the call of sub-Sahara Africa. There are many opportunities for investment here, but don’t expect them to be simple or short term affairs, says blog by expert Allan Cunningham. To profit, “private equity investors are going to need patience, nerves of steel and a long-term horizon.”
  • In 2015, brokerages may be facing increased scrutiny from FINRA over cybersecurity, as Intralinks Field Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Daren Glenister blogs. Given this situation: These organizations must create a thorough framework to strengthen network security. This includes adopting the “Four Pillars”: enterprise governance; sharing process control; content lifecycle control; and technology infrastructure security.
  • In our ongoing series on hedge fund cybersecurity, we look at specific areas where managers face data exposure. Hedge Fund Managers must look at who their organization will share data with (regulators, clients, etc), and then take the necessary steps to strengthen security.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned to our blog each week for more highlights.

Marc Songini

Marc Songini

Marc Songini has worked in the information technology field for more than 16 years. His roles have included those of journalist, analyst, and marketing communications specialist. He admits that when he started out as a cub high tech reporter, Netscape was still rocking the industry with a wondrous new user interface called a “browser.” During his 10 years with International Data Group (IDG), Marc wrote for NetworkWorld and Computerworld, both award-winning magazines. Marc specializes in cloud, enterprise apps, and figuring out the meaning of being human in an automated world.

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