Deal of the Week

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Bloomberg M&A reporters, joined by outside experts and members of Bloomberg's Deals team, examines the week's biggest deals and highlights M&A trends most under scrutiny by Wall Street. He'll talk to reporters who broke Bloomberg's major scoops and i...Show More
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Introducing "What Goes Up," A New Show From Bloomberg

02:28 | Apr 19th

On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Mike Regan and Sarah Ponczek speak with expert guests each week about the main themes influencing global markets. They explore everything from stocks to bonds to currencies and commodities, and how each asset cl...Show More
Introducing "Works For Me," A New Podcast From Bloomberg

03:26 | Jan 10th

On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Francesca Levy and Rebecca Greenfield navigate the productivity industry by way of their own experiences. In each episode, one of the two becomes a human guinea pig as she tries to solve a specific work-related ...Show More
Over and Out

30:12 | Mar 8th, 2018

In the final episode of Deal of the Week, Ed Hammond is joined by Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Brooke Sutherland and Ian King to talk about the fallout from the US government’s unexpected decision to review Broadcom’s attempted takeover of rival semico...Show More
Get Rich or Dry Trying?

26:56 | Feb 28th, 2018

Ed Hammond and New York bureau chief Jason Kelly are joined by private equity reporter Melissa Mittelman to discuss the challenges facing the buyout industry as it looks to put $1.7 trillion of dry powder to work in a deal market characterized by rec...Show More
Coming Soon: Decrypted Season 2

02:46 | Feb 27th, 2018

Decrypted returns on March 6th with a brand new season. Here's a sneak peek of what's in store. We'll be releasing new episodes every Tuesday starting next week. 
The Name of the Game

18:24 | Feb 21st, 2018

Ed Hammond is joined by Jason Kelly, Bloomberg’s New York bureau chief, and hedge fund reporter Hema Parmar to talk about the importance of nomenclature on Wall Street. The three focus on the news that hedge funds have taken to calling themselves any...Show More
Gray is the new Blackstone

19:53 | Feb 14th, 2018

Ed Hammond is joined by Jason Kelly, Bloomberg's New York bureau chief, and private equity reporter Melissa Mittelman, to talk about the changes underfoot at Blackstone. The three look at what the world's largest asset manger's plan to appoint Jon Gr...Show More

18:31 | Feb 7th, 2018

Ed Hammond is joined by Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Brooke Sutherland and bureau chief Jason Kelly for a deep dive into the latest news on Broadcom's $120 billion effort to acquire rival semi-conductor-maker Qualcomm. After Broadcom increased its offe...Show More
Dimon's Not Forever

17:41 | Jan 31st, 2018

Jason Kelly, Bloomberg's New York bureau chief, joins Ed Hammond to discuss the news that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, one of Wall Street's best known and most outspoken personalities, has started to outline plans for his departure. As well as loo...Show More
Rainmakers on Fire

27:21 | Jan 24th, 2018

Jason Kelly, Bloomberg's New York bureau chief, joins Ed Hammond to talk about the booming M&A market, which passed $150 billion in the first three weeks of the year for the first time since 2000. But despite the strong start, it's not all rosy for s...Show More
Can GE Be Sold For Parts?

17:43 | Jan 17th, 2018

Brooke Sutherland joins Ed Hammond to discuss the ongoing saga at General Electric, and what a breakup for the industrial conglomerate could mean for deal makers and competitors. The two also look at how much a broken up GE might be worth vs its valu...Show More
Power Plays

14:55 | Jan 10th, 2018

Ed Hammond is joined by Matt Monks to discuss the latest merger trends in America's power and utility industry and a closer look at how local politics can dictate the terms of multi-billion dollar deals
The 2018 Predictions Episode

20:47 | Dec 20th, 2017

We're about to be singing Auld Lang Syne to 2017. To welcome in the new year, deals reporter Alex Barinka is joined by deals editor Lizzie Fournier and deals reporter Matt Monks to discuss their outlook. Will 2018 see the return of the megamerger? Wh...Show More
2017's Trump Slump

18:21 | Dec 13th, 2017

The deals world was unable to escape the cloud of uncertainty that's followed the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. The value of announced M&A transactions in the U.S. fell by almost a third this year -- the lowest since 2013. Deals reporter A...Show More
Insuring Against Amazon

13:37 | Dec 6th, 2017

Ed Hammond is joined by senior Bloomberg healthcare reporter Robert Langreth to discuss CVS' $68 billion takeover of health insurer Aetna. How will the US regulators respond to this latest vertical merger and how much of CVS' push into the complex in...Show More
Time For A Change

14:10 | Nov 29th, 2017

Ed Hammond is joined by Bloomberg Intelligence's Paul Sweeney to discuss Meredith's $2.8 billion acquisition of Time Inc and the impact the media merger will have on Time's storied roster of titles. The two also explore the role of the Koch brothers ...Show More
Fox on the Block

17:36 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Ed Hammond is joined by Bloomberg’s Anousha Sakoui and Tara Lachapelle to talk about the future of Fox amid reports that the media company is discussing selling major assets. What would a break up mean for the Murdoch empire and how will the shock de...Show More
What AT&T's Washington Battle Means for Dealmaking

19:52 | Nov 15th, 2017

Ed Hammond talks to Bloomberg's Sara Forden and Tara Lachapelle to get the inside track of AT&T's increasingly bitter fight with the Department of Justice, the chances of the telecom giant's $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner being blocked, and...Show More
A Note From Alex

01:06 | Nov 3rd, 2017

A quick note to our listeners.
Citizens Executes Not Your Typical Deal

24:48 | Nov 1st, 2017

It’s Deal of the Week’s 100th episode! And to celebrate, Don McCree, vice chairman of Citizens Financial Group, the $19 billion market cap financial services company, is in studio along with Ralph Della Ratta, CEO of Western Reserve. Citizens acquire...Show More
Stitch Fix Stands Out

24:17 | Oct 25th, 2017

Stitch Fix is  going public, confirming Bloomberg’s scoop from  back in March. The online delivery company collects information on customers’ style, size and price preferences and sends users five pieces of clothing for a $20 fee. And guess what? It’...Show More
Weinstein Co. Begins Sale Talks in Crisis

18:16 | Oct 18th, 2017

Accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein haven’t just rocked Hollywood – they’ve also led to the potential destruction of his company, Weinstein Co. The privately-held independent film and TV studio is in talks to sell itself to Colo...Show More
Is Uber a Steal or a Mess?

27:43 | Oct 11th, 2017

Uber’s a steal. Uber’s in turmoil. SoftBank wants to buy a huge stake in Uber. Benchmark, Uber's largest shareholder, wants to sell to SoftBank. Wait, Benchmark doesn't want to sell to SoftBank. There are so many questions about Uber, its valuation, ...Show More
The Dangers of Corporation Consolidation

27:37 | Oct 4th, 2017

Nine months of Donald Trump’s presidency hasn’t revealed much on his administration’s antitrust attitudes. While AT&T’s deal for Time Warner appears on pace to close this year, a Sprint and T-Mobile tie-up would serve as a true barometer for how Trum...Show More
Sprint and T-Mobile May Finally Do It

33:37 | Sep 27th, 2017

T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. could be just weeks from finally announcing a merger. It would be the largest deal of the year, but even if a deal is announced, there’s no certainty it will happen. Regulatory approval is far from assured. Veteran t...Show More
George Zimmer is Back, He Guarantees It.

23:42 | Sep 20th, 2017

How does it feel to watch your company ripped away from you and then merged with an arch-rival in an ill-conceived deal? George Zimmer, founder of Men's Wearhouse, knows firsthand. He not so fondly reminisces about his final days at Men's Wearhouse (...Show More
I've Got One Word For You. Plastics.

15:07 | Sep 13th, 2017

Australian company Amcor may be interested in adding plastics to its packaging portfolio with a deal for Bemis. Bloomberg reporters Ed Hammond and Kiel Porter broke the news that Amcor is exploring a takeover of the Wisconsin-based company. They join...Show More
Aerospace Acquisitors

17:48 | Sep 6th, 2017

Ed Hammond talks to Bloomberg Gadfly's Brooke Sutherland and Gillian Tan about United Technologies' $30 billion takeover of Rockwell Collins and takes a look at the reasons so many deals leak before their announcements.
Secrets of a Rainmaker

28:08 | Aug 30th, 2017

Paul Taubman, the legendary rainmaker and founder of PJT Partners, talks to Bloomberg's Ed Hammond about the challenges of building an investment bank, what will drive the next wave of M&A, and what it takes to advise companies on their biggest trans...Show More
What Sempra-Oncor Means for Warren Buffett

12:46 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Guest host Ed Hammond talks to Bloomberg's Scott Deveau and Tara Lachapelle about how Sempra won out in the closely contested battle to acquire $9.45 billion Texas electricity supplier Oncor and what the deal means for Warren Buffett. 
Sard and Verbinnen Talk Sard Verbinnen

33:50 | Aug 16th, 2017

It's the 25th anniversary of strategic communications firm Sard Verbinnen, a company that specializes in explaining the rationale for large M&A to investors and the media. George Sard and Paul Verbinnen, the firm's co-founders, have spent countless h...Show More
Will Sprint Be Left at the Altar?

29:15 | Aug 9th, 2017

As The Bachelorette wraps up another season, a mating dance is developing in the telecommunications world. SoftBank is desperate to find a match for Sprint, the fourth-largest U.S. wireless company, of which it owns 84 percent. It has at least two po...Show More
What Buying Power Says About M&A

28:23 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Longtime Silicon Valley lawyer Rick Climan and his team have worked on some of tech's biggest-ever deals, including Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp and Intel's takeover of Altera. His experience working with tech's largest clients led him to champ...Show More
Love It or List It? Discovery and Viacom Vie For Scripps

16:42 | Jul 26th, 2017

Scripps Networks's HGTV has become a household name (pun intended) through its popular reality programming, including Property Brothers and House Hunters. Viacom and Discovery are circling the family-owned cable programmer, which is in advanced talks...Show More
For U.S. IPOs, It's the Year of the Flop

27:33 | Jul 19th, 2017

For U.S. IPOs, 2017 has been the year of the flop. Blue Apron has tanked since it started trading last month. Shares of Snap fetch less than $15, the lowest since its debut in March. And the Bloomberg U.S. IPO index has risen just 1.5 percent this ye...Show More
Culture Matters

31:10 | Jul 12th, 2017

Culture seems like a soft, intangible byproduct of mergers and acquisitions. Synergies. Tax efficiencies. Accretion. Those are empirical. That's what drives Wall Street and gives jobs to investment bankers and lawyers. But culture matters to employee...Show More
Staples and Walgreens and Sky, Oh My!

21:40 | Jul 3rd, 2017

A trifecta of deal news late last week brings Bloomberg M&A reporter Ed Hammond into the studio. He expresses admiration over the price Staples was able to get -- $6.9 billion -- from Sycamore Partners and optimism about Fox's chances to get its Sky ...Show More
How on Earth Is Vice Worth $5.7 Billion?

22:06 | Jun 28th, 2017

TPG's latest $450 million investment values Vice Media at a whopping $5.7 billion. That's about double the size of the New York Times. One explanation: Vice's access to millennials, according to Bloomberg media reporter Gerry Smith and Bloomberg Inte...Show More
Amazon - The Everything Everything

28:43 | Jun 20th, 2017

"The Everything Store" no longer comes close to describing the totality of Amazon. The company's web services drive enterprise cloud computing. Its video and music services compete with the nation's top media companies. Now Amazon is spending $13.7 b...Show More
Pandora Got Siriusly Outnegotiated

15:17 | Jun 13th, 2017

Sirius XM has explored an acquisition of Pandora for at least two years. Last year, Sirius floated a $15-per-share offer for Pandora. More recently, the CEO of Liberty Media, Sirius's majority shareholder, said it would buy Pandora for $10 per share....Show More
How Do You Value Blue Apron?

21:36 | Jun 6th, 2017

Is Blue Apron a technology company or a grocery delivery service? How investors answer that question will go a long way toward setting a valuation for the venture capital-backed startup that's gearing up to go public. Blue Apron filed its S-1 last we...Show More
Toshiba Memory Chip Sale Hinges on Nationalism

21:26 | May 30th, 2017

Most mergers and acquisitions don't involve nationalistic pride and potential government intervention. Toshiba's potential sale of its memory-chip business is different. Bloomberg's Ian King explains why Toshiba's struggles embody Japan's technologic...Show More
The View From Europe

13:09 | May 23rd, 2017

Aaron Kirchfeld, Bloomberg's global M&A executive editor, joins Ed Hammond, filling in for host Alex Sherman, to discuss the recent surge in deals between U.S. and European companies, and the different approaches governments take to acquirers coming ...Show More
Abercrombie & Fitch Seeks Savior

16:56 | May 16th, 2017

It was once a scent-filled mecca of teenage coolness. Now, Abercrombie & Fitch stores are, well, that's part of the problem. It's not exactly clear what Abercrombie & Fitch's future is, according to Bloomberg apparel reporter Lindsey Rupp, co-host of...Show More
The Strange Tale of Straight Path

22:54 | May 10th, 2017

Just weeks ago, Straight Path Communications was an obscure telecommunications company with a $400 million market capitalization. Today, it has a equity valuation of about $3 billion, and it's only climbing higher. What happened? A bidding war betwee...Show More
Why Time + Meredith Couldn't Get Done

26:02 | May 2nd, 2017

Time and Meredith tried and tried to merge, but the marriage wasn't to be. Greg Mason, CEO of digital media company Purch, tells host Alex Sherman the problem is magazine companies just aren't very good businesses. That makes it difficult to find a p...Show More
Spin The Telecom Wheel of Mergers

20:55 | Apr 25th, 2017

Round and round it goes, and where will it stop? Nobody knows! Spin the wheel of telecom M&A. Will it match T-Mobile and Sprint? T-Mobile and Dish? Verizon and Dish? Verizon and Charter? Comcast and Charter? Or something else entirely? More than a ye...Show More
Amazon vs. Walmart

18:51 | Apr 19th, 2017

This week featured a clash of the retail titans in M&A land. Amazon has reportedly looked at buying both Whole Foods and BJ's Wholesale Club. Meanwhile, Walmart is nearing a deal to buy men's fashion retailer Bonobos for about $300 million. Does Amaz...Show More
Going Beyond The M&A Headlines

23:43 | Apr 11th, 2017

Company A buys Company B. That's the headline. The reality is more complex. Employee benefits must be transferred, 401(K)s rolled over to new plans, pensions are extended. In many cases, employees are terminated. All of these issues -- standard to an...Show More
TV Broadcasters Are Poised for Merger Spree

24:14 | Apr 4th, 2017

If the FCC rolls back TV regulations this month, as anticipated, broadcasters may jump at the chance to get bigger. The first deal to be announced may be Sinclair Broadcast Group acquiring Tribune Media. But 21st Century Fox is concerned the deal cou...Show More
Akzo Nobel Fends Off PPG

19:59 | Mar 28th, 2017

It's a common love story: PPG, the Pittsburgh-based paint and glass maker, offers to buy rival Akzo Nobel. Akzo Nobel says no, PPG sweetens offer, Akzo Nobel says no, an activist shareholder puts pressure on Akzo Nobel, Akzo Nobel says it'll split th...Show More
Intel Buys Mobileye; What's Softbank's "Vision''?

20:57 | Mar 21st, 2017

Did Intel yet again overpay for an acquisition with its $15 billion purchase of Mobileye? The takeover aims to give Intel a leg up in the automotive chip industry. Yet some analysts say it's another example of Intel's suspect M&A strategy, Bloomberg'...Show More
Time's Up at Time Inc. as Board Ponders Bids

19:55 | Mar 7th, 2017

Time Inc. has four options: Sell itself, sell some magazines, take a private investment... or do nothing at all. It's decision time for the iconic magazine publisher, whose board is evaluating bids this week. Time's digital advertising growth is prom...Show More
66: Should You Invest in Snap? A Debate!

28:20 | Feb 28th, 2017

Is Snap Inc. the next Facebook or the next Twitter (or worse)? Bloomberg reporters Sarah Frier and Alex Barinka each take a side, giving listeners the bear and the bull arguments for investing in the technology industry's biggest initial public offer...Show More
65: What's Next for Kraft Heinz?

19:58 | Feb 21st, 2017

It would have been among the biggest deals ever. Instead, Kraft Heinz's pursuit of Unilever will become a footnote in history. Kraft Heinz, whose two largest shareholders are 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, pulled its $143 billion...Show More
64: GM Exploring Sale of European Business

13:32 | Feb 14th, 2017

General Motors Co. hasn't turned a profit in Europe since the late 1990s. Still, the business is improving. GM's European division lost only $257 million in 2016 after $813 million a year earlier. That's why carmaker PSA Group, which owns Peugeot and...Show More
63: Is Verizon Planning a Megadeal?

21:25 | Feb 7th, 2017

Here's what we know: Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam asked Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei to discuss acquiring Charter Communications, the $100 billion U.S. cable provider that bought Time Warner Cable last year. Liberty is Charter's lar...Show More
62: AppDynamics Chooses Sale Over IPO

19:22 | Jan 31st, 2017

AppDynamics was set to be the first technology initial public offering in 2017 -- and then it was over. Cisco swooped in and bought the technology "unicorn" for $3.7 billion on the eve of its IPO. That's almost $2 billion more than AppDyanmics's most...Show More
61: Oh The Humana-ty

18:02 | Jan 25th, 2017

Aetna and Humana won't be stronger together. A federal judge blocked Aetna's $37 billion deal for Humana, probably ending a deal that was announced way back in July 2015. The transaction would violate antitrust laws by reducing competition among insu...Show More
60: J&J Nears Actelion Takeover Despite Twists and Turns

13:25 | Jan 18th, 2017

Neither Bloomberg's M&A executive editor Jeff McCracken nor host Alex Sherman can remember a deal quite like Johnson & Johnson's pursuit of Swiss drugmaker Actelion. First J&J publicly stated it was in talks with Actelion. Then, J&J said talks were o...Show More
59: Mars Matches M&Ms with Animal Hospitals

13:07 | Jan 10th, 2017

At first blush, it's not obvious why Mars, the owner of M&Ms and Snickers, agreed to pay more than $9 billion including debt to acquire animal hospital-owner VCA. Bloomberg consumer reporter Craig Giammona didn't even realize closely held Mars alread...Show More
58: 2nd Annual Brooke Sutherland M&A Predictions Extravaganza

25:52 | Dec 27th, 2016

Is 2017 the year big energy deals come back? What about monster food mergers? Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Brooke Sutherland gave us five M&A deal predictions for 2016 back in December 2015. Now she returns to give us "Brooke's Five Bold Predictions" (...Show More
57: 2016 M&A Year in Review

29:15 | Dec 20th, 2016

AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner led the way as the biggest deal of 2016. The implications of the deals that did -- and didn't -- get announced this year set up 2017 as a year of uncertainty for mergers and acquisitions. That's usually a bad sign fo...Show More
56: Fox Agrees to Buy Sky While CBS and Viacom Stay Split

17:51 | Dec 13th, 2016

The fallout from AT&T's $85 billion deal for Time Warner has begun, but maybe not how investors expected. 21st Century Fox has reached a preliminary deal to buy the 61 percent of Sky it didn't already own for $14.1 billion. But Fox may need to boost ...Show More
55: What Does Donald Trump Mean for 2017 M&A?

24:21 | Dec 6th, 2016

It's the big question everyone's asking in the M&A world: Will Donald Trump stay true to his business roots and champion mega-mergers, or will his protectionist, anti-media, anti-lobbyist tendencies lead to an administration that's tough on big corpo...Show More
54: The Future of Media M&A After Trump's Victory

15:33 | Nov 30th, 2016

This week's episode functions as a companion piece to a television interview between Methuselah Advisors managing partner, John Chachas, and host Alex Sherman earlier this week. Chachas, who has advised media companies on M&A for more than two decade...Show More
53: FanDuel and DraftKings Finally Agree to Merge

21:29 | Nov 21st, 2016

At long last, FanDuel and DraftKings have finally agreed to merge. But that doesn't mean the deal will actually happen. Bloomberg sports business reporters Eben Novy-Williams and Scott Soshnick tell host Alex Sherman that the future of both companies...Show More
52: Twinkies Rise Again

18:16 | Nov 15th, 2016

Need a break from politics? Relax and have a Twinkie with Hostess Brands CEO Bill Toler, who stops by Deal of the Week to explain why his company went public again. Hostess almost liquidated in 2012, sparking a brief consumer panic that Ho Hos and Di...Show More
51: Forget The Election, M&A is Rigged, NYU Professor Says

22:17 | Nov 8th, 2016

M&A is a rigged game and the losers are shareholders of companies that do the acquiring, according to Aswath Damodaran, a professor of corporate finance and valuation at New York University. He tells host Alex Sherman that conflicts of interest among...Show More
50: CenturyLink Buys Level 3; Gannett Gets Tronced

19:17 | Nov 1st, 2016

For our 50th episode extravaganza, you get two deals for the price of one (which is nothing!). CenturyLink is buying Level 3 for $34 billion in cash and stock, including debt. Surprised Level 3 is so big? We were too. Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Tara ...Show More
49: How We Broke AT&T's Discussions to Buy Time Warner

24:20 | Oct 25th, 2016

M&A reporter Ed Hammond and Executive Editor Jeff McCracken join host Alex Sherman for a behind-the-scenes look at how we broke the biggest deal of the year, AT&T's plan to buy Time Warner. The trio discuss how sometimes what people don't say can be ...Show More
48: Snapchat's Lessons from Twitter and Facebook

21:26 | Oct 18th, 2016

Snapchat (OK, Snap Inc.) has hired banks to run its initial public offering. Morgan Stanley is running the show, a return to potential glory after fumbling Facebook's IPO. Meanwhile, Twitter, whose IPO with Goldman Sachs garnered praise, is publicly ...Show More
47: Qualcomm Hunts Car Computer Chips in Biggest 2016 Tech Deal

21:31 | Oct 11th, 2016

Qualcomm is making progress on acquiring NXP -- a deal that could be worth about $47 billion including debt. That would make it the largest tech deal of the year and the second-largest ever. Bloomberg's Ian King and Brooke Sutherland explain to host ...Show More
46: Redo! Putting CBS and Viacom Back Together

22:11 | Oct 5th, 2016

When CBS and Viacom split more than 10 years ago, Viacom was supposed to be the crown jewel. It had the cable networks, the media industry's money-makers. Fast-forward to today, and Viacom is floundering as millennials ditch cable TV and Paramount Pi...Show More
45: CBOE's $3 Billion Bats Purchase Is Actually a Tech Deal

16:50 | Sep 27th, 2016

CBOE's $3.2 billion acquisition of Bats Global Markets may sound like a wonky financial transaction. That isn't really the case, Bloomberg M&A reporter Matt Monks tells Deal of the Week host Alex Sherman. Actually, you can view it as a technology dea...Show More
44: Rob and Andy Kindler Telling Jokes

36:12 | Sep 20th, 2016

Maybe you've watched "Old Jews Telling Jokes" on YouTube. But have you heard Morgan Stanley M&A head Rob Kindler and his brother, stand-up comedian Andy Kindler, telling jokes about old Jews? Yes, the Kindler brothers are this week's Deal of the Week...Show More
43: Where Oh Where Did All the IPOs Go?

20:36 | Sep 13th, 2016

The numbers speak for themselves. So far this year, just 70 companies sold shares to the public for the first time. That's half the pace of last year and a fraction of the 213 IPOs during the same period in 2014. Why are companies staying private lon...Show More
42: Just Hoping Twitter Is for Sale Doesn't Make it True

20:14 | Sep 6th, 2016

Investors seem to be praying Twitter will sell itself. The stock jumps almost 5 percent at every rumor or vague hope the company is engaging the prospect of selling, according to research by Bloomberg Gadfly columnists Shira Ovide and Brooke Sutherla...Show More
41: Hershey Still Standing as Mondelez Deal Melts Away

14:02 | Aug 30th, 2016

Hershey's has once again managed to fend off the takeover efforts of a rival. On Monday, Mondelez, the snack company, said it had abandoned its pursuit of Hershey's, becoming the fourth company to have tried - and failed - to buy the chocolate-maker....Show More
40: The M&A Coverage Conundrum

17:23 | Aug 23rd, 2016

As the number of media outlets -- and reporters -- covering deals has risen, so the news flow has boomed, creating what at times feels like an information overload. Looking for an example? Sanofi's attempted takeover of Medivation has yielded no fewe...Show More
39: Formula One Sale Begets Questions About Sport's Future

20:54 | Aug 16th, 2016

This much is for sure: If CVC Capital Partners decides to sell its 35 percent stake in Formula One, it's going to make billions. What's a lot less certain is who's going to buy it, how the new owner will change F1 and how much longer 85-year-old Bern...Show More
38: Gawker Banker Says Ziff Davis Has 'Earned' Right to Buy It

28:37 | Aug 9th, 2016

The first time banker Mark Patricof sat down with Gawker founder Nick Denton, before the company had filed for bankruptcy, Patricof said Ziff Davis should acquire Gawker. Now, one week away from Gawker's auction out of bankruptcy, Patricof tells Deal...Show More
37: Is Uber Failing with Its $35 Billion Didi Merger?

18:20 | Aug 2nd, 2016

After losing $2 billion in China, Uber threw in the towel this week, agreeing to merge with rival Didi Chuxing. Uber China will still own almost 20 percent of the new $35 billion company, which may mean Uber shareholders will still get rich off Didi'...Show More
36: Yahoo May Just Be The Beginning for Verizon

19:55 | Jul 26th, 2016

First, Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 billion. This week, the largest U.S. Wireless provider acquired Yahoo's Internet business for $4.8 billion. The deal makes Verizon the third-largest digital advertising company by revenue, far behind Google and Face...Show More
35: Will SoftBank's ARM Deal Derail Sprint's T-Mobile Plan?

19:31 | Jul 19th, 2016

SoftBank is turning its attention -- and $32 billion -- to the Internet of Things with its deal for ARM Holdings. The move seems like founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son is moving away from spending the bulk of his time, and money, on S...Show More
34: UFC's Rise to $4 Billion From $2 Million

21:48 | Jul 12th, 2016

You may know WME-IMG as a Hollywood talent agency, but those days are officially over. Teamed with private equity firms, WME-IMG agreed to buy Ultimate Fighting Championship for $4 billion this week, pushing Ari Emanuel's company further toward ESPN ...Show More
33: Hershey Considers More Than Money as Mondelez Makes Offer

18:41 | Jul 5th, 2016

A company whose name sounds like a disease, according to investor Nelson Peltz, is trying to buy Hershey. Mondelez offered about $23 billion to acquire Hershey in an unsolicited bid that was unanimously rejected by the famed chocolate maker. Will Mon...Show More
32: Why Pharmaceutical Companies Face an Existential M&A Crisis

18:04 | Jun 29th, 2016

Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim agreed to a $25 billion dollar trade of big business units this week, the conclusion of a deal that first surfaced in December. Asset swaps, while complicated, could be an increasingly popular maneuver among pharmaceut...Show More
31: SoftBank Makes Billions on Supercell Sale (Correct)

22:34 | Jun 22nd, 2016

You probably wouldn’t have guessed the first European technology startup to pass the $10 billion valuation mark would be the maker of “Boom Beach,” whose name makes Deal of the Week host Alex Sherman laugh. China’s largest internet company, Tencent, ...Show More
30: Microsoft's LinkedIn Purchase Is Hardly a Sure Thing

25:41 | Jun 14th, 2016

Microsoft spent $16.9 billion in the past four years to buy Skype, Yammer and Nokia's phone and tablet business. None lived up to the hype. Is there any reason to think Microsoft's $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn will work out any better? Gadfly col...Show More
29: Even You Can Profit from Merger Arbitrage!

24:22 | Jun 7th, 2016

Roy Behren and Mike Shannon, professional merger arbitrage investors, make money by placing on bets on how likely it is that a deal will get completed. They do this by investing in targeted companies and sometimes shorting potential acquirers. What's...Show More
28: Big Money Utility Deals May Lead 2016 M&A

18:19 | May 31st, 2016

While they aren't household names, but utility deals are likely to drive 2016 M&A, reporter Matt Monks tells Deal of the Week host Alex Sherman. They discuss why an $8.6 billion takeover of Midwestern energy producer Westar by Great Plains Energy pro...Show More
27: Monsanto Dances with Bayer; George Zimmer Wants Back In

19:56 | May 24th, 2016

Welcome back, megadeals! Bayer wants to buy Monsanto for at least $62 billion. It would be the year's largest, and the biggest in German history. But Monsanto has rejected Bayer's offer, although it's still open to talks. Will a deal happen? Bloomber...Show More
26: Why Warren Buffett's Bet on Yahoo Deal Probably Makes Sense

23:22 | May 17th, 2016

Warren Buffett's decision to back a bid for Yahoo might seem to violate some of the billionaire investor's cardinal rules: Don't invest in tech, and don't touch companies whose businesses you don't understand. As Bloomberg reporter Noah Buhayar tell...Show More
25: Tribune's Questionable Case to Fight Off Gannett

23:54 | May 10th, 2016

Newspapers might have a future. Surprised? There's more! Two of the last remaining big publishers -- Tribune, owner of the LA Times and Chicago Tribune, and Gannett, publisher of USA Today, are embroiled in merger talks. Here's the intrigue: In Febru...Show More
24: Another One Bites The Dust

23:11 | May 3rd, 2016

Halliburton's quest to buy Baker Hughes is over. Joining this week's episode is Bloomberg M&A Matthew Monks, who was first to report that the deal had died. Monks talks with host Alex Sherman and fellow reporter Ed Hammond to discuss why the companie...Show More
23: The Brazil-Born, Texas-Bred Banker Who Loved Basketball

23:09 | Apr 26th, 2016

Was there something in the water? Brazilian-born Osmar Abib graduated from the same Houston high school with three other men -- Ralph Eades, Hugh "Skip" McGee, and Greg Pipkin -- who, like him, became prominent investment bankers specializing in ener...Show More
22: Why In the World Does Verizon Want to Buy Yahoo?

27:44 | Apr 19th, 2016

Verizon is the frontrunner to acquire Yahoo. But what will the largest U.S. wireless company do with it? Bloomberg telecom reporter Scott Moritz and Deal of the Week host Alex Sherman decide it's all about mobile video... they think. Plus, Bob Teitel...Show More
21: End of the Road for Bill Ackman and Canadian Pacific

25:02 | Apr 12th, 2016

Canadian Pacific Railway's chief said this week ``the deck was stacked against'' his pursuit of Norfolk Southern. Shouldn't that have been obvious months ago? Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Brooke Sutherland and Deal of the Week host Alex Sherman examine...Show More
20: Will Alaska's Virgin Acquisition Go Bust?

12:14 | Apr 5th, 2016

Airline takeovers don't have a good track record. That didn't stop Alaska Air from agreeing this week to pony up in a big way for Virgin America. Yet the combined company will still have to deal with many of the industry woes that have dogged previou...Show More
19: From Banker to Teacher to ... Something in Between

26:58 | Mar 30th, 2016

Scott Rostan used to be a mergers & acquisitions banker for Merrill Lynch. Then he was a high school teacher. He eventually found a happy medium training bankers and business school students how to do their jobs. He founded Training The Street in 199...Show More
17: Why Chinese Companies Are `Homewreckers' on U.S. M&A Deals

26:53 | Mar 23rd, 2016

Once again, big Asian companies are eyeing trophy U.S. companies. And once again, they're paying top dollar at what may prove the market's peak. But this time, it's China, not Japan, and the prize isn't just real estate. Join Bloomberg's Ed Hammond a...Show More
My Three Decades in M&A

25:29 | Mar 16th, 2016

Burger King. Pfizer. Name a major M&A deal in the past three decades and chances are Eileen Nugent played a part. Join us as the co-head of M&A at Skadden Arps explains what it was like to be a woman in the male-dominated world of the 1980s and how g...Show More
Episode 16: How to Make Money from M&A

25:54 | Mar 9th, 2016

Tom Burnett, Vice Chairman and Director of Research at Wall Street Access joins the show this week. But first, guest co-host Jeffrey McCracken kicks things off with Bloomberg M&A reporter Ed Hammond discussing the potential deal between BASF and DuPo...Show More
Episode 15: Perils and Prizes of Latin American Investing

25:39 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Cate Ambrose, president of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, is bullish on private investments in nations including Mexico and Brazil. Still, she's seeing the largest global private equity firms hold on to investments f...Show More
Episode 14: Charter Was `Blindsided' by Comcast's Offer for TWC

28:28 | Feb 24th, 2016

Eric Zinterhofer, chairman of Charter Communications Inc. and co-founder of Searchlight Capital Partners, says Charter management was caught by surprise by Comcast Corp.'s behind-the-scenes attempt to usurp its $80 billion deal for Time Warner Cable....Show More
Episode 13: The Female Founders Fund

29:37 | Feb 18th, 2016

The Female Founders Fund is a venture capital firm that invests seed money in companies founded by women. But the firm's motive isn't to promote women's rights -- it's to make money. Partner Sutian Dong explains why the venture capital community unde...Show More
Episode 12: Loving George Steinbrenner's Wrath

32:49 | Feb 10th, 2016

He's worked side-by-side with George Steinbrenner and befriended Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. He sold the Charlotte Bobcats to Michael Jordan and helped transform the Golden State Warriors by pushing to sell the team to Joe Lacob instead ...Show More
Episode 11: JPMorgan M&A Chairman Kurt Simon Gets Personal

33:16 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Kurt Simon, JPMorgan's global head of M&A, spends his days chatting with bosses of the world's biggest companies, fighting off corporate raiders like Carl Icahn and striking deals with the help of colleagues including Jamie Dimon. Simon shares his ta...Show More
Episode 10: Are Private Equity Deals in Trouble?

26:26 | Jan 27th, 2016

Carlyle Group's revision of its deal for Symantec Corp.'s Veritas last week made waves throughout the leveraged buyout industry. Bankers, lawyers and private equity partners are wondering whether other transactions, such as Vista Equity Partners' $6....Show More
Episode 9: Controlling the M&A Story

26:43 | Jan 20th, 2016

When the biggest companies prepare to announce mergers and acquisitions, they frequently hire specialized public relations firms. Steve Lipin, who heads the M&A practice at Brunswick Group, talks about what happens when M&A stories leak, how he handl...Show More
Episode 8: Private Equity Deals Aren't Just About Slashing Jobs

31:49 | Jan 13th, 2016

This week we look at M&A through the lens of private equity, a $3 trillion-plus industry behind many of today's corporate takeovers. Our guest is Paul Levy, who since 1988 has led JLL Partners, a New York leveraged buyout firm. Levy, who's had a ring...Show More
Episode 7: Inside The Lives of M&A Reporters

33:25 | Jan 6th, 2016

(Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's three U.S. M&A reporters, Ed Hammond, Matt Monks and Alex Sherman, talk shop about their careers and shed light on the misperceptions about why sources talk and how they break stories. If you've ever been interested in how ...Show More
Episode 6: M&A Year Ahead

23:46 | Dec 23rd, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- Intralinks doesn't own a crystal ball, yet the company says its proprietary technology comes close to predicting the future for mergers and acquisitions. Companies use Intralinks to conduct due diligence on potential M&A targets. That ...Show More
Episode 5: Greenhill CEO Scott Bok on Activist Investors

25:40 | Dec 16th, 2015

Greenhill & Co. Chief Executive Officer Scott Bok joins Alex to talk about his firm's decision to go public a decade ago and why he prefers to work on the corporate side amid the rise of activist investors such as Bill Ackman and Nelson Peltz. That's...Show More
Episode 4: 2016’s Top Five Predictions

22:42 | Dec 9th, 2015

(Bloomberg) – Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Brooke Sutherland joins Alex Sherman for a peek into the future of mergers after a record-setting year for M&A that spanned the globe and crossed every industry. What's next following a year that saw the bigge...Show More
Episode 3: Has Tech M&A Reached Its Peak?

24:14 | Dec 2nd, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- Rob Townsend, who co-chairs the global M&A business at Morrison & Foerster, has some gloomy news for folks chomping at the bit for more tech mergers: We may already have reached the peak. Townsend, who spent time in Tokyo working with ...Show More
Episode 2: Pfizer Sticks It to U.S. Treasury

26:12 | Nov 25th, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- In this episode, Alex and Global M&A Managing Editor McCracken discuss the largest deal of the year and the biggest health care deal ever, Pfizer Inc. and Allergan Plc's $160 billion merger. They ponder whether the deal, constructed so...Show More
Episode 1: Ego Drives Dealmaking

21:27 | Nov 18th, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- In this first episode, Alex Sherman and Bloomberg's managing editor for global M&A Jeff McCracken discuss why Marriott International Inc.'s $12.2 billion purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is just the tip of the icebe...Show More