M & A wrap: SEC explores Groupon memo

December 29, 2011

Among the series of distractions ahead of Groupon’s IPO last month was the Mason Memo, WSJ’s Deal Journal reported late Wednesday. Newly disclosed documents shed light on how Groupon was forced to explain the memo to the SEC.

Alibaba Group has hired a Washington lobbying firm in a sign that the Chinese e-commerce company would be willing to make a bid for all of Yahoo in the event that talks to unwind their Asian partnership fail.

The value of global takeovers dropped to the lowest level in more than a year this quarter, reports. A recovery in 2012 looks to be muted because cash-rich companies are weighing Europe’s economic crisis before making big purchases.

The colossal collapse of Sears Holdings this week was ugly for stockholders. But if you think Sears was the no-brainer short of the century, here are three stocks likely to crash even harder, writes Jeff Reeves at The Trading Deck.

When Ind-Barath Power Infra dropped plans for a $200 million IPO earlier this year, it not only thwarted the fundraising plans of its controlling shareholder, but blocked an exit route for a clutch of private equity investors, Reuters reports.

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