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  • 11/28/23: ACP-Backed E Source Expands its Reach with the Acquisition of UMS Group
    CLEVELAND & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Align Capital Partners’ (“ACP”) utility market intelligence, data science and solution services platform, E Source (the “Company”), has acquired UMS Group (“UMS”). UMS is an industry leader in utility management consulting with technical expertise that extends across a wide spectrum of utility management challenges including wildfire risk reduction, asset management excellence, renewable energy integration and advanced AI modeling. “By bringing UMS Group int - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 11/28/23: Cyara Strengthens AI-based Chatbot Optimization Capabilities with Acquisition of QBox
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cyara, the leading AI-powered Customer Experience (CX) Assurance Platform provider, today announced its acquisition of industry-leading conversational AI testing company QBox. This strategic move significantly expands Cyara’s conversational AI testing capabilities, solidifying its position as a global market leader in chatbot optimization. The acquisition of QBox complements Cyara’s existing chatbot testing & training capabilities, enabling enterprises - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 11/28/23: Nighthawk and Moneta Announce At-Market Merger to Create a Leading Canadian Gold Development Company
    TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)---- $MIMZF #gold--Nighthawk Gold Corp. (“Nighthawk”) (TSX: NHK; OTCQX: MIMZF) and Moneta Gold Inc. (“Moneta”) (TSX: ME; OTCQX: MEAUF; FSE: MOPA) (together, the “Companies”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into an arrangement agreement for an at-market merger (the “Arrangement Agreement”) whereby Moneta will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Nighthawk (the “Nighthawk Shares”), in exchange for common shares of Moneta (the “Moneta Shares”) by way of - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 11/28/23: Jot Digital Strengthens Client Offerings with Acquisition of Keep Secure, a leader in Digital Technology & Security
    CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jot Digital, Inc. (Jot) today announced its acquisition of Keep Secure, a prominent technology company with expertise in cloud infrastructure and cyber security. This acquisition provides immediate synergies to Jot while helping accelerate future strategic initiatives, reinforcing Jot’s commitment as a market leader in the digital services space. “The acquisition of Keep Secure represents a significant step forward in our mission to deliver comprehensive, inno - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 11/28/23: Accenture to Acquire Ammagamma to Help Italian Companies Advance Use of AI Technologies
    MILAN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Accenture has agreed to acquire Ammagamma, an Italy-based firm that helps companies advance their uses of AI and generative AI technologies. - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 11/27/23: Axinn Advises VMware in Securing Global Antitrust Clearance for $69 Billion Acquisition by Broadcom
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Broadcom Inc., a global technology leader in semiconductor, data center hardware, and infrastructure software solutions, announced that it had closed its $69 billion acquisition of VMware, Inc., a leading virtualization software provider. As global lead antitrust counsel to VMware in what The Wall Street Journal has called “one of the largest technology mergers ever,” Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP helped VMware secure global regulatory clearances in more than 10 - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 11/27/23: Econolite Acquires RAI Products
    ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Econolite, part of Umovity and the leader in One-Stop-Shop advanced traffic management solutions, announced today the acquisition of its distribution partner, RAI Products’ (RAI) (Charlotte, NC) operational business. This acquisition enables Econolite to further expand its One-Stop-Shop portfolio of ITS solutions while strengthening its vendor relations and distribution reach particularly in the Southeast region. “It was exciting when we established our partner - Source: Business Wire Merger/Acquisition News
  • 11/27/23: Corp Fin Issues New CDIs Regarding the Proxy Rules
    On Friday, Corp Fin released some new CDIs relating to the proxy rules. The CDIs can all be found under the caption Proxy Rules and Schedule 14A, and all are new with one exception for a newly revised CDI under Rule 14a-6. Universal proxy is once again a hot topic, and there are three new CDIs on […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 11/27/23: Conductive Containers Acquires Leading Optics Packaging Company, Crestline Plastics
  • 11/24/23: Frontrunner in Telegraph newspaper takeover bid accuses rivals of hypocrisy

    Jeff Zucker of Abu Dhabi-backed Redbird IMI insists editorial independence of titles would be protected

    The US boss of the Abu Dhabi-backed company that is the frontrunner to acquire the Telegraph newspapers has accused rival bidders of hypocrisy and reiterated a pledge to the UK government that he would guarantee the newspaper’s editorial independence.

    The bid is being fronted by Jeff Zucker, a former chief executive of CNN who now runs RedBird IMI, which is mostly funded by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and owner of Manchester City football club.

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
  • 11/21/23: Music Licensing Giant BMI Sells to Private Equity Firm
    Broadcast Music Inc., one of the major performing rights organizations in the United States, collected $1.57 billion and distributed $1.47 billion for its 2022 fiscal year. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 11/20/23: Navigating Compensation Issues in M&A Deals in a Volatile Market
    Compensation matters, including retention packages, equity treatment and related disclosure, are always key negotiating points in M&A transactions. In a challenging M&A market that is stifled by overall volatility and uncertainty, high interest rates, and reduced valuations, issues related to compensation may become more fraught as parties navigate alternative transaction structures and forms of noncash […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 11/16/23: Trump’s Truth Social Platform Could Struggle to Survive Without New Cash
    Truth Social, the online platform at the core of Trump Media, has had challenges attracting advertising revenue. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 11/16/23: How David Zaslav Blew Up Hollywood
    A merger put him in the driver’s seat at Warner Brothers, one of the industry’s biggest studios. It has been a wild ride. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 11/16/23: I should cocoa: how Hotel Chocolat became a £534m prize for Mars

    With US group’s might behind it, upmarket UK chocolate firm may overcome recent stumbling blocks

    “I firmly believe that buying Rabot estate was destiny,” said Angus Thirlwell, the co-founder of Hotel Chocolat. A customer clearing out an office sent him a 1920s book about chocolate making just as he was visiting his father in the Caribbean. The book inspired Thirlwell in 2006 to buy the 101-hectare (250-acre) cocoa estate in St Lucia.

    “We wanted to get close to the origins of chocolate,” he said in a company video in 2008. “It just made sense to do the opposite of everyone in the industry.”

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
  • 11/15/23: The ‘State’ of Delaware
    During a panel at the October 2023 Berkeley Fall Forum on Corporate Governance, Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick and Vice Chancellor Paul Fioravanti, along with lawyers Shannon Eagan (Cooley), Elena Norman (Young Conaway) and Randall Baron (Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd), shared their views on recent developments in Delaware corporate governance law. Catch […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 11/13/23: UK plans U-turn on powers to halt company takeovers on national security grounds

    Change of tack has government treading fine line between being ‘more business friendly’ and defending national interest

    The UK government is looking to roll back powers to intervene in company takeovers less than two years after they were introduced, in an attempt to be “more business friendly”.

    The deputy prime minister, Oliver Dowden, said the government would review measures “narrowing and refining” the National Security and Investment Act, which only entered into force in January 2022, and allowed much greater scrutiny of foreign investments in British companies.

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
  • 11/02/23: Six Flags Merges With Cedar Fair, a Rival Amusement Park
    The deal would generate more than $3 billion in revenue for the companies, they projected in a statement. The merger comes after years of financial challenges for Six Flags. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 11/02/23: Disney Says It Will Take Full Control of Hulu
    The company will pay at least $8.61 billion to Comcast, which owned a 33 percent stake of the popular streaming service. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 10/31/23: KKR Closes Deal to Buy Simon & Schuster
    The process of selling Simon & Schuster has been long and tumultuous, and was waylaid by an earlier antitrust suit. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 10/27/23: BuzzFeed in Advanced Talks to Sell Complex, Backtracking on Digital Media Bet
    BuzzFeed is negotiating a sale of much of Complex Networks for under $140 million, less than half of what it paid to acquire it two years ago. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 10/26/23: Hipgnosis Made Mega Deals for Song Catalogs. Its Future Is Unclear.
    The company’s shareholders on Thursday rejected a $440 million divestment plan and voted against maintaining its current structure. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 10/25/23: Chasing Big Mergers, Oil Executives Dismiss Peak Oil Concerns
    Exxon Mobil and Chevron are spending tens of billions of dollars buying oil and gas assets, betting that the International Energy Agency’s predictions of declining oil demand are wrong. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 10/24/23: Big Oil Gets Bigger as ESG Funds Are Falling Out of Favor
    Chevron’s $53 billion bid for Hess may drive consolidation in the oil patch. Meanwhile, investors are pulling back from climate-focused investment products. - Source: NYT > Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • 10/23/23: Recorded Event: A Discussion on the M&A Outlook for 2024
    On October 4, 2023, Cooley M&A partner Kevin Cooper appeared at Axios’ Dealmakers: The M&A Forecast virtual event. During the “View From the Top” segment, Cooper spoke with Fabricio Drumond, chief business officer at Axios, about the M&A landscape going into Q4 2023. Cooper highlighted trends in market activity, deal structuring and challenges facing buyers and sellers […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 10/23/23: Chevron to buy oil and gas producer Hess in $53bn all-stock deal

    Takeover puts Chevron head-to-head with ExxonMobil in oil-rich Guyana and US shale industry

    Chevron has announced plans to buy the oil producer Hess Corporation in a $53bn (£44bn) deal, becoming the second American energy giant to place a vast bet on fossil fuel production this month.

    The all-stock takeover, which will increase Chevron’s presence in oil-rich Guyana, was unveiled less than two weeks after another of the world’s largest oil companies, Exxon Mobil, said it would acquire the shale group Pioneer Natural Resources for $59.5bn.

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
  • 10/19/23: London bus operator Arriva bought by US private equity firm

    Deutsche Bahn offloads company to I Squared in deal worth £1.4bn, three years after putting it up for sale

    The London red bus operator Arriva has been snapped up by US infrastructure investor I Squared in a deal believed to be worth about €1.6bn (£1.4bn).

    Arriva was put up for sale in 2019 by its German owner, Deutsche Bahn, which had originally sought to offload the company to reduce its own debts.

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  • 10/16/23: Vodafone-Three merger could add up to £300 a year to mobile bills, says union

    Tie-up is a ‘terrible deal for Britain’ that also poses risks for national security, Unite claims

    Mobile phone bills could rise by as much as £300 a year as a result of the merger of the UK operations of Vodafone and the owner of Three, a trade union has said.

    Unite has been a vocal critic of the proposed deal, which would create the UK’s largest mobile operator, and said that it is a “terrible” deal that also poses risks for national security.

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  • 10/13/23: Microsoft completes $69bn deal to buy Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard

    Completion of sale follows regulator’s decision to allow it after competition concerns were addressed

    Microsoft has completed its $69bn (£57bn) deal to buy Activision Blizzard, the maker of games including Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, after the UK’s competition watchdog cleared the acquisition.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had moved to block the deal in April, citing concerns that Microsoft – the maker of the Xbox gaming console – would dominate the nascent cloud gaming market.

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  • 10/13/23: Event Recording: Capital Markets and the Resurgence of Private Equity
    In a recent installment of Cooley’s Market Talks virtual series Jamie Leigh, partner and co-chair of the M&A practice at Cooley, joined Dave Peinsipp, partner and co-chair of the capital markets practice at Cooley, and Umi Mehta, global head of tech private equity and venture capital investment banking at Morgan Stanley, to discuss the evolving […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 10/12/23: The Restaurant Group to go private after accepting £506m takeover bid

    Operator of more than 400 UK outlets plans to recommend Apollo’s latest offer to its shareholders

    The owner of Frankie & Benny’s and Wagamama will be taken private after it accepted a £506m takeover offer from the US buyout group Apollo.

    The Restaurant Group (TRG), which operates more than 400 outlets in the UK, said it had initially rebuffed an offer from Apollo but that further negotiations had finally resulted in an “appropriate” offer of 65p a share.

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  • 10/11/23: Lifestyle brand FatFace set to be taken over by Next

    FTSE 100 fashion chain has been buying up rivals since pandemic and could reach deal by end of week

    The clothing brand FatFace is poised to become the latest high street fashion retailer to be taken over by Next, in a deal thought to be worth more than £100m.

    FatFace, which sells clothes, footwear and accessories, is expected to be bought by the FTSE 100 high street fashion chain and a deal could be announced by the end of the week, according to Sky News, which first reported on the matter.

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  • 10/06/23: Aviva shares leap on speculation of takeover by foreign buyer

    Rumours of potential swoop by international rivals drives up shares in UK’s biggest insurer

    Shares in Aviva, the UK’s biggest insurer, jumped after reports that it could be the target of a takeover by a foreign buyer.

    Its shares rose as much as 10% at one point on Friday before closing 5% higher at 407.9p, valuing the company at £11.2bn and catapulting it to the top of the FTSE 100 index. Other UK insurance stocks, including Legal & General, Prudential and Phoenix, also rose.

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  • 10/04/23: Apples, Oranges and Lemonade: Pursuing Multiple Strategic Alternatives in the Public Company Boardroom
    In all economic cycles, engaged public company boards and management teams do their homework on the wide range of potential strategic opportunities. In the current market environment, however, we have observed that an increasing number of companies and their boards are actively progressing (or taking steps to formulate a plan for exploring) multiple alternatives at […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 09/22/23: UK set to clear Microsoft’s deal to buy Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard

    The $69bn acquisition is expected to go ahead as revised proposal addresses regulator’s concerns

    Microsoft’s $69bn (£54bn) deal to buy Activision Blizzard, the maker of games including Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, looks set to be cleared after the UK competition regulator said a revised deal had addressed its concerns.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) moved to block the biggest tech deal in history in April, citing concerns that Microsoft would dominate the nascent cloud gaming market.

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  • 09/18/23: Cooley Publishes Updated CFIUS Overview Page
    Cooley’s CFIUS team recently published an updated Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States overview page, which covers the introduction of “mandatory” CFIUS filing requirements by the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA). The refreshed overview also summarizes the CFIUS regime generally – including a discussion of how the US government assesses […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 09/14/23: UK chip designer Arm valued at $51 a share ahead of Wall Street IPO

    British tech firm valued at $54.5bn before highly anticipated flotation on Nasdaq by private owner SoftBank

    The British chip designer Arm has secured a $54.5bn (£43.6bn) valuation in its initial public offering (IPO), before its highly anticipated return to the stock market in New York on Thursday.

    The company, owned privately by the Japanese investor SoftBank since 2016, priced its shares at $51 each and sold 95.5m shares, raising $4.87bn for Softbank.

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  • 09/13/23: DOJ’s Top Antitrust Official Turns Spotlight on Broadened Scope of Bank Merger Enforcement
    In the wake of major bank failures in the US, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has signaled that it plans to step up antitrust enforcement of bank mergers. In June 2023, the DOJ’s Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Jonathan Kanter delivered a speech at the Brookings Institution, providing listeners with insights into significant changes in the […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 09/13/23: Twitter chaos after Elon Musk takeover may have violated privacy order, DoJ alleges

    US Department of Justice questions compliance with FTC order on data security and privacy practices

    Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter created a “chaotic environment” at the social media platform that may have violated a government order requiring an overhaul of its data security and privacy practices, according to a court filing.

    The US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleged in a legal filing on Tuesday that depositions from former employees at Twitter, now rebranded X, raised “serious questions” about whether the company was complying with an order imposed by the consumer and competition watchdog, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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  • 09/12/23: Poundland moves to buy 71 Wilko sites with possible jobs guarantee for staff

    PwC says owner plans to reopen stores under Poundland brand throwing lifeline to as many as 1,800 staff

    Poundland is to acquire up to 71 Wilko sites that it intends to reopen under its own brand in a deal that could throw a lifeline to some of the 1,800 staff who will lose jobs connected with those outlets.

    Under the deal struck by the administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) with Poundland’s parent company, Pepco, the sites will be acquired only after all 408 Wilko stores are shut and more than 12,000 staff made redundant.

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  • 09/07/23: Daily Mail owner looks to Middle Eastern backers over Telegraph bid

    Lord Rothermere is second potential suitor to turn to oil-rich region for financial support

    The owner of the Daily Mail has tapped Middle Eastern investors about potentially backing his bid for the Telegraph, the second prospective suitor known to have turned to the oil-rich region for financial support in a forthcoming auction of the leading Conservative newspaper.

    Lord Rothermere, the owner of the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) media group whose brands include the Daily Mail, MailOnline, Metro, the i and New Scientist, confirmed it had held talks but not reached a formal agreement with any investor from the region.

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
  • 09/06/23: Virgin Media O2 to snap up Russian oligarch-backed broadband firm

    UK government forced sale of ‘alt-net’ broadband provider Upp on national security grounds

    Virgin Media 02 is to buy a British broadband company owned by a Russian oligarch-backed investment company, after the government forced its sale on national security grounds.

    VM02, the UK telecoms merger joint-venture between US group Liberty Global and Spain’s Telefonica, is to buy regional broadband business Upp, in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed amount that is thought to be less than £100m.

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  • 08/26/23: Bumpy ride for billionaire brothers who banked on Asda’s success

    Blackburn’s Moshin and Zuber Issa took over the supermarket promising investment to make it the UK’s second-largest chain, but Covid and cost of living crisis meant it did not go to to plan

    When the billionaire Issa brothers parked up outside Asda’s Leeds headquarters in February 2021, they had just secured the keys to a business that seemed to present an incredible opportunity: a 600-stores-plus cash machine.

    The brothers from Blackburn were set on leapfrogging slightly bigger rival Sainsbury’s to make Asda the UK’s second-largest supermarket group. They promised £1bn of investment to fly the brand’s bright green banner above hundreds more convenience stores, many of which would be based on their own EG Group’s petrol forecourts, and to fill unwanted supermarket space with takeaways from their string of franchise partners, from KFC to Subway.

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  • 08/25/23: Heineken exits Russia with €1 sale of operations

    Dutch multinational brewer takes €300m loss from transfer of assets to Russia’s Arnest Group

    Heineken has completed its lengthy exit from Russia with the sale of its operations there for a symbolic €1, after Moscow clamped down on asset sales in retaliation for western sanctions.

    The Dutch brewer, which also owns the Amstel, Birra Moretti and Tiger brands, said it would be taking a €300m loss as a result of the sale, which will see it transfer all of its remaining assets, including seven breweries, to Russia’s Arnest Group.

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  • 08/17/23: BAE agrees to buy space technology firm Ball Aerospace for $5.6bn

    Weapon maker’s takeover of US firm comes amid global surge in spending on military and spying technology

    Britain’s biggest weapons manufacturer, BAE Systems, has agreed to buy the US space technology company Ball Aerospace for $5.6bn (£4.4bn), in one of the largest takeovers by a UK company this year.

    The FTSE 100 defence company said the purchase of the Colorado-based business would help it to expand in technologies that were US defence priorities.

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
  • 08/10/23: Court of Justice Sets Lightning Rod for EU Foreign Direct Investment Screening
    On 13 July 2023, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its first ruling on the European Union Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regulation, which entered into force in October 2020. In short, the CJEU clarified in Xella Magyarország that the regulation does not apply to acquisitions by EU-based buyers, regardless of […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 08/01/23: EU’s Foreign Subsidies Check for M&A Deals Goes Live
    The European Union’s new screening tool for third-country subsidies introduces a novel form of mergers & acquisitions scrutiny. Companies worldwide need to account for timing and execution risks arising from this system when M&A deals involve businesses with activities in the EU. The EU’s Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR) applies to deals agreed after 12 July 2023, and […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 07/26/23: Draft Revised Merger Guidelines Foreshadow More Aggressive Antitrust Enforcement
    The US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission released draft revised merger guidelines in an effort to support the Biden administration’s aggressive antitrust enforcement agenda. The draft guidelines, which are subject to public comment for 60 days, spell out novel theories of harm that the Biden DOJ and FTC have pursued in recent enforcement actions and […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 07/20/23: Keeping Up With M&A Case Law – Spotlight on Recent Delaware Decisions
    The mergers & acquisitions market may wax and wane, but one thing in M&A is consistent from year to year: The Delaware courts issue opinions that impact M&A dealmaking. And this year is certainly no exception – Delaware courts continue to have plenty to say about M&A. While certainly not exhaustive (we were serious – […] - Source: Cooley M&A
  • 07/16/23: Microsoft agrees to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation ahead of Activision buy

    Software giant acquiesced after US trade commission expressed concern that Activision Blizzard acquisition would hurt gamers

    Microsoft has signed a binding agreement to ensure that the Call of Duty video game franchise remains available on Sony’s PlayStation platform after Microsoft’s $69bn acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the tech company said on Sunday, easing concerns from Sony and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

    A tweet from Phil Spencer, Microsoft Gaming’s CEO, read: “We are pleased to announce that Microsoft and @PlayStation have signed a binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. We look forward to a future where players globally have more choice to play their favorite games.”

    Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian


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