Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers transform Indianapolis legal landscapeRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Scott Olson
Indianapolis law firms finally jumped in a big way into the merger mania that's sweeping the legal profession.
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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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Shepherd lengthens its reach by merging with other charitiesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
Shepherd Community Inc., a Christian-based organization serving the near-east side, is pulling other charities into its fold at a pace not often seen in the local not-for-profit sector.
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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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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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Hospitals seek mergers to save costsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
J.K. Wall
Marion County hospital systems anticipate more mergers, possibly with each other.
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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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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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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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Vista Graphic buys Centennial Press for its direct-mail servicesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
An Indianapolis company that specializes in printing, packaging and dimensional mail has bought a cross-town direct-mail firm to broaden its services.
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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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Car makers turn up pressure for bigger, but fewer, storesRestricted Content

May 5, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Domestic automakers were already scheming about new ways to chop dealers--cutting costs to service them--as their market share drained to Toyota and other foreign competitors. Now, an economy standing on the brakes could drive another round of dealer consolidations that might not be a good deal for family-owned peddlers of metal.
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First Indiana sells bankRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Cory Schouten
Indiana's largest locally based bank, First Indiana Corp., decided to end 92 years of independence in 2007, agreeing in July to sell itself to Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp. for $529 million in cash, or $32 a share.
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eGix buyout sets up Bell battleRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Scott Olson
The fiercely competitive local telecommunications landscape should get even more heated, following Cincinnati Bell Inc.'s $18 million acquisition of Carmel-based eGix Inc. eGix provides bundled voice and data services, as well as high-speed Internet access and messaging products, to about 17,000 commercial customers.
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First Indiana Bank's sale timing paid offRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Greg Andrews
First Indiana Corp.'s announcement that it would be sold to Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp. for $529 million in cash came just 17 days after sale discussions began. Banking observers have speculated for weeks that First Indiana acted fast to cut a deal before it would have to report second-quarter results.
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CEOs' friendship helped pave M&I's way for First Indiana buyoutRestricted Content

July 16, 2007
Cory Schouten
If First Indiana Corp. was looking to pull off a sale quickly, Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp. was a natural place to turn. First Indiana CEO Robert B. Warrington had been doing deals with the bank since he took the helm from Marni McKinney in 2006. Warrington also is a friend and golfing buddy of M&I CEO Mark Furlong.
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Finish Line's buy praised, pannedRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Cory Schouten
Athletic retailer The Finish Line Inc. had cultivated a reputation for conservative play calling, keeping clean books with minimal debt. Then on June 18, the Indianapolis-based retailer called a surprise audible. The $1.3 billion company agreed to acquire Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc. for $1.5 billion.
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Brightpoint's buy turns the tablesRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
On Feb. 20, Plainfield-based cell phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. announced a blockbuster deal to buy Dangaard, its largest European rival, for $308 million, a reversal of fortunes from five years ago between the competitors.
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  1. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  2. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

  3. Good try, Mr. Irwin, but I think we all know the primary motivation for pursuing legal action against the BMV is the HUGE FEES you and your firm expect to receive from the same people you claim to be helping ~ taxpayers! Almost all class action lawsuits end up with the victim receiving a pittance and the lawyers receiving a windfall.

  4. Fix the home life. We're not paying for your child to color, learn letters, numbers and possible self control. YOU raise your children...figure it out! We did. Then they'll do fine in elementary school. Weed out the idiots in public schools, send them well behaved kids (no one expects perfection) and watch what happens! Oh, and pray. A mom.

  5. To clarify, the system Cincinnati building is just a streetcar line which is the cheapest option for rail when you consider light rail (Denver, Portland, and Seattle.) The system (streetcar) that Cincy is building is for a downtown, not a city wide thing. With that said, I think the bus plan make sense and something I shouted to the rooftops about. Most cities with low density and low finances will opt for BRT as it makes more financial and logistical sense. If that route grows and finances are in place, then converting the line to a light rail system is easy as you already have the protected lanes in place. I do think however that Indy should build a streetcar system to connect different areas of downtown. This is the same thing that Tucson, Cincy, Kenosha WI, Portland, and Seattle have done. This allows for easy connections to downtown POI, and allows for more dense growth. Connecting the stadiums to the zoo, convention center, future transit center, and the mall would be one streetcar line that makes sense.

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