Merrill DataSite

The M&A Advisor today announced that Merrill DataSite™ has been selected as the official Virtual Data Room (VDR) for the 2010 M&A Advisor Awards.

Merrill will provide and manage a secure platform for the highly confidential award nominating and judging process.  Beginning with the issuance of nomination forms, The M&A Advisor will use Merrill DataSite’s™ exclusive and trusted technology to ensure that all eligible applicants are able to submit their nominations confidentially.

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Merrill’s time-saving service will allow judges to simultaneously evaluate nominees from their own offices, allowing the maximum amount of time to evaluate all award candidates. Merrill’s ISO/IEC-rated security system, the only VDR certified to operate in both the U.S. and Europe, will protect the confidentiality of the winners until the announcements are made at the awards events. [Read the full article]

State regulators in Ohio unanimously approved on Thursday (Feb. 11) the acquisition of the local wireline operations of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) serving residential and small-business customers by Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR).

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved two agreements reached among various parties in December: one among Verizon, Frontier, the PUCO staff, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and Cincinnati Bell Extended Territories, LLC; and another among Verizon, Frontier and Comcast Phone Ohio, LLC.

Ohio becomes the fourth state to approve the transaction.  The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and the Public Service Commission of South Carolina both unanimously approved the transaction on Oct. 28, 2009.  Unanimous approval by the California Public Utilities Commission was granted on Oct. 29.  

At the federal level, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. [Read the full article]

What: “M&A Integration: Fast or Slow? Who: Jessica Kosmowski, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP Larry Montan, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP Iain Bamford, senior manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP Frances Yu, senior manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP When: Available immediately Where: www.deloitte.com/us/maintegrationdebate Details: Integrating separate entities is vital to a successful merger and acquisition. Since an integration plan usually identifies the desired end state early on, why delay the process of getting there? In practice, determining the best pace for integration is not that simple, particularly when it comes to managing customers through the integration maze. [Read the full article]

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Break Media, the Internet’s premier entertainment community for men, today announced the acquisition of FileFront, a large and long-standing property dedicated to providing gaming news, downloads, and more to millions of users every month. Break Media will fold FileFront into its primary group of branded sites and invest significantly in the editorial components of the site, with an aim to provide both Break and FileFront users with additional premium gaming content.

FileFront currently boasts more than 9 million unique monthly visitors, more than 200,000 active forum users, and a network of more than 75 game-specific sites. “Gaming is a significant area of interest to our community and our brand partners,” said Keith Richman, CEO of Break Media. [Read the full article]

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