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Stock declines could make public companies takeover targetsRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Not so long ago, most Indiana public companies were firmly in control of their destinies. Now after seeing their stock prices plunge, many would , be little more than sitting ducks were outsiders to launch takeover bids. If anybody's still got the money and chutzpah to buy, that is.
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Financial crisis, recession hammer deal flowRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Scott Olson
Companies searching for a merger or acquisition partner had one heck of a time finding a match last year. Place much of the blame on the credit crunch that rattled the nation's economy and sent deal-making into a downward spiral.
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Slow M&A activity predicted by KPMGRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Mergers and acquisitions are unlikely to rebound before the last quarter of this year, international accounting firm KPMG International said.
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Turmoil forces National City saleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
After a 17-year run in Indianapolis, National City's trademark green signs are set to be replaced with the blue of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial.
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Be prepared for this merging legal worldRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
The recently announced mergers of Indianapolis law firms Sommer Barnard, Ice Miller and Locke Reynolds with firms outside the state [reported in the Dec. 8 issue] mirror a larger national trend.
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Merger trend hits Indiana as law firms seek fast growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Scott Olson
Indianapolis is finally jumping in a big way into the merger mania that's sweeping the legal profession.
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Gallagher buys two more brokers to increase sizeRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Dane Hudson continues an acquisition binge aimed at making Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. a stronger health benefits broker in the Indianapolis market.
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Sign Craft experiences record growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While many central Indiana manufacturers are feeling the pinch of the downturned economy, locally based Sign Craft Industries Inc. is posting record growth this year and projecting another robust year in 2009.
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Eli Lilly investing $100M in China, hoping to attract research partners

December 1, 2008
Brian Spegele
Hoping to increase sales in China's rapidly growing pharmaceutical market, Eli Lilly and Co. is charging ahead with plans to invest $100 million in venture capital in the region over the next several years.
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Despite sour economy, retail developers press onRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
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Southwest swoops in to benefit from ATA Airlines' bankruptcyRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Southwest is striking a deal to acquire ATA's valuable landing slots at LaGuardia and most of the dying airlines' remaining assets for $7.5 million.
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New IRL ethanol deal with Brazil angers U.S. corn growersRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Racing League suddenly finds itself at odds with Midwestern farmers over a decision to make a Brazilian consortium its ethanol supplier starting next year.
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Greensfork Township State Bank to acquire local startup that failed to live up to high hopesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Cory Schouten
A rural Indiana bank that specializes in farm lending has agreed to buy Symphony Bank for less than the ambitious startup spent to build its extravagant branch on 96th Street.
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Siegel's NASCAR future in doubt after mergerRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team is teaming with Dale Earnhardt Inc. where Max Siegel has served as president of global operations since early 2007, and the former Baker & Daniels attorney may be among many laid off in the merger.
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California's Blue Real Estate establishes local presenceRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Cory Schouten
Blue Real Estate, a California firm that made a bundle selling West Coast office buildings at the market's peak, has been buying up local buildings and trying to learn the Indianapolis market.
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Indiana CEOs are cautious during financial mayhemRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Greg Andrews

CEOs with Simon Property, Duke Realty Corp. and Interactive Intelligence Inc. report that their companies are taking an uncharacteristically cautious approach to acquisitions and investments, given the faltering economy.

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Bailout helping PNC take over NatCityRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Cory Schouten
After a 17-year run in Indianapolis, National City's trademark green signs are set to be replaced with the blue of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial. The $5.6 billion deal raises questions about the government's growing involvement in banking.
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OneAmerica well positioned to acquire other insurance companiesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
J.K. Wall
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. has made no secret of its desire to acquire other companies. Well, if it wants to buy, it could hardly find a better time.
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Safeco weighs downtown exit; owners of insurer's building market spaceRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Cory Schouten

Insurance giant Safeco Corp. is expected to either vacate or scale back its downtown operation next year--a move that could deal a major blow to the office market. At stake are about 700 downtown jobs, some or all of which could be eliminated or shifted to the suburbs. A final decision about the fate of Safeco's five-building downtown office complex likely will come after Boston-based Liberty Mutual completes its $6.2 billion acquisition of Seattle-based Safeco.


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Allison Transmission might be ripe for management buyoutRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
As struggling General Motors Corp. tries to raise cash by unloading Allison Transmission, the fate of the city's third-largest manufacturer hangs in the balance. But analysts say its market dominance, strong management team and abundance of private equity could spare it the fate of other auto plants here.
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Buyout boom isn't all bad for HoosiersRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Announcements that major Indiana companies have been acquired are traditionally met with trepidation. But a rash of recent buyouts of Indiana companies shows they're not always bad news.
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