ACG New York Women of Leadership - Entrepreneur Series
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley (Nasdaq: VRA), is the latest in a series of entrepreneurs highlighted at ACG New York Women of Leadership events. Photo credit: Robert Blumenfeld


GTCR, Hormel, the Riverside Co-CEOs and Others Win M&A Mid-Market Awards
Amid a slow and challenging year for dealmaking, the winners of Mergers & Acquisitions’ 7th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards outpaced the competition to grow, innovate and lead the middle market


The Buyside:
Disney, Warner Bros. Seek Next-Gen YouTubes

Traditional Hollywood studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. are seeking next-generation YouTube content providers

The Buyside

Activist Investors Dig Into Mid Market
Spurred on by the high-profile success of Carl Icahn and others, a growing crop of firms is looking further downstream

Natural Resources
Pendrell Buys Stake in Provitro

Provitro, formerly known as Booshoot, is a bamboo forestry company

Pendrell Corp. (Nasdaq: PCO) has acquired a majority stake in bamboo forestry company Provitro Biosciences LLC for an undisclosed amount.

Pendrell’s bought 68 percent of Provitro, a company that develop commercial-scale plant propagation methods. Provitro was formerly known as Booshoot LLC.

The deal should allow Provito to accelerate research and development, commercialization and licensing of plant technology. Mt. Vernon, Wash.-based Provito’s technology allows for renewable, sustainable plant production on a mass scale without genetic modification. The technology is used by the pulp, paper, energy, food textile and nursery markets.

The company sells bamboo plants, called Bamboo that Behaves, through Home Depot and Costco stores.

Pendrell is an intellectual property investment and advisory firm. The Kirkland, Wash.-based firm has also invested in ContentGuard and Ovidian Group.


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