Private Equity Calling With A $2 Billion Overbid

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Polycom hits the bid.

A hedge fund party crashed.

Kyrgyzstan wants a little something.

Welcome to the Is Mute On? issue of M&A Daily


Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM) terminated its merger with Mitel (NASDAQ:MITL) and entered into a new merger agreement with Siris Capital. PLCM holders get $12.50 per share in cash. The merger with Siris will probably close in the third quarter of 2016.

Y Charts


Airbnb (AIRB) may bring litigation following this hedge fund gathering got carried away and the renter refused to pay the Hamptons estate's $27,000 rental fee. The original estimate of "50" guests was off by about 950 or so.

Thompson Creek

The Centerra (OTCPK:CAGDF) acquisition of Thompson Creek (OTCQX:TCPTF) is running into some regulatory issues in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan regulators object to the fact that the deal would dilute the buyer's shareholders. Kyrgyzstan ranks as one of the more corrupt countries in the world according to Transparency International. In this case, something can probably be worked out.


Proxy advisor ISS recommended that EMC (EMC) holders vote for the acquisition by Dell.

Higher One

The Offer to Purchase and 14D-9 were filed for the Blackboard acquisition of Higher One (NYSE:ONE). The Tender offer expires on August 4.


The tender offer expires today for the (NYSE:CRM) acquisition of Demandware (NYSE:DWRE).


ON (NASDAQ:ON) extended the tender offer for Fairchild (FCS) to July 21. The $0.37 arb spread offers a 26% IRR if the deal closes by August.


The definitive merger agreement was filed for the Avast acquisition of AVG (NYSE:AVG).


The Notice of Effectiveness of the S-4 has been filed for the Annaly (NYSE:NLY) acquisition of Hatteras (NYSE:HTS).


The Lexmark (NYSE:LXK) acquisition by Apex has been approved in Austria. The $3.81 arb spread offers a 25% IRR if the deal closes by December. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily

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