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No Worries for Aussies in Best Half Since ’07: Bloomberg Deals

Hello, it’s Harry here. I’m just back from a short jaunt down south to Melbourne which is still on a high after emerging from one of the world’s longest lockdowns last year. The post-pandemic buzz is keeping transactions hopping even as markets decline.

Ex-Ascena Retail Execs Beat Ann Taylor Acquisition Suit For Now

Two former Ascena Retail Group Inc. executives beat accusations of making misleading statements following the acquisition of Ann Taylor’s parent company, but a federal judge in New Jersey gave investors permission to fix up their complaint and try again.

BlackRock Takes Big Bet on Commerzbank as Stake Almost Doubles

BlackRock Inc. has amassed a stake of close to 10% in Commerzbank AG over the past three months, almost doubling its holding in a lender seen as a potential takeover target and as one of the biggest beneficiaries from higher interest rates in Europe.

ANALYSIS: Pandemic Affects How Legal Industry Valuates Its Tech

Key trends have emerged in how the legal industry measures the value of legal technology since the pandemic began. Bloomberg Law survey results show consistent use of some metrics (time savings, user feedback), while others (costs, remote work capability) come and go with the times.

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