Bill Ackman vs The World

Bill Ackman is going all-in on investigating Ivy League plagiarism after his wife was accused, Boeing can’t catch a break after their latest 737 MAX mishap, the nation’s economists are short-term happy, long-term gloomy, and JPMorgan sees the treasury rally resuming.

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Bill Ackman is going all-in on investigating Ivy League plagiarism after his wife was accused, Boeing can’t catch a break after their latest 737 MAX mishap, the nation’s top economists are short-term happy, long-term gloomy, and JPMorgan sees the treasury rally resuming.

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Before The Bell

As of 1/5/2023 market close.


  • US stocks slightly rose on Friday, but all three major indices snapped a nine-week winning streak

    • The S&P led indices with a 0.18% gain

  • Traders will be watching this week’s CPI, PPI, and unemployment claims for clues to the Fed’s next possible moves


  • What we're watching this week:  

    • Today: Jefferies

    • Tuesday: Albertsons, Tilray

    • Thursday: Infosys

    • Friday: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, United Health, BlackRock, Delta Air Lines

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Bill Ackman vows retribution: accuses media of breaking ‘sacred code’ after plagiarism allegegations against wife published (F)

  • Boeing CEO’s comeback plan for 2024 takes a blow five days in (BBG)

  • Chastened economists hopeful for US soft landing, Fed rate cuts (BBG)

  • Nation’s top economists are short-term happy, long-term glum (WSJ)

  • Elon Musk has used illegal drugs, worrying leaders at Tesla and SpaceX (WSJ)

  • JPMorgan strategists see treasuries’ rally resuming after ‘rest’ (BBG)

  • Congressional negotiators reach agreement on $1.6T government spending level for 2024 (WSJ)

  • US probes Alaska Airlines door panel in Boeing blowout (WSJ)

  • Xi’s solution for China’s economy risks triggering new trade war (BBG)

  • Short sellers see distress emerging in apartments as borrowing costs surge (BBG)

  • Vietnam EV maker VinFast names parent founder Vuong as CEO (BBG)

  • Job gains picked up in December, capping year of healthy hiring (WSJ)

  • NASA, UAE partner on space station that orbit the moon (BBG)

  • Hedge fund D1 Capital Parters stung by venture bets for second straight year (BBG)

  • ‘Derisking’ China-reliant supply chains is creating new risks (WSJ)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • Software company Synopsys is in advanced talks to acquire engineering software provider Ansys for ~$35B (BBG

  • US natural gas companies Chesapeake Energy and Southwestern Energy are nearing a deal to create the single largest US gas producer with a market cap of $17B (FT

  • Bain Capital’s pursuit of SoftwareOne Holding stalled after a fresh offer of ~$3.5B failed to win support (BBG

  • An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management acquired US networking company American Tower’s Indian operations in a $2.5B deal (BBG)  

  • A consortium of investors including Macquarie Capital and TA Associates made a takeover offer for Byggfakta Group Nordic that values the Swedish construction software company at ~$985M (BBG

  • CVC Capital Partners is nearing an acquisition of Italian restaurant chain Gruppo La Piadineria from Permira in a deal worth over $329M, including debt (BBG

  • Chinese fintech group Ant Group is nearing a deal to buy Dutch payments firm MultiSafepay at a ~$200M valuation (RT)


  • Psychedelic-focused mental health startup Lykos Therapeutics raised a $100M Series A led by Helena (VC)

  • Vico Therapeutics, a Leiden, Netherlands-based clinical-stage genetic medicines company, raised a $60M Series B led by Ackermans & van Haaren (FN)

  • Radionetics Oncology, a clinical-stage radiopharmaceutical company, raised a $52.5M Series A led by Frazier Life Sciences, 5AM Ventures, and DCVC Bio (BW)

  • Clarametyx Biosciences, a clinical-stage company developing targeted, immune-enabling biologic therapies for persistent infections, raised a $33M Series A led by the Ohio Innovation Fund (BW)

  • Revagenix, a biopharmaceutical startup focused on the discovery and development of novel antibiotics, raised a $25M Series B from Tenmile and Novo Holdings (VC)

  • AI assistant for doctors Nabla raised a $24M Series B led by Cathay Innovation (TC)

  • AI platform Chai has raised a total of $10M since June 2023, now reaching a $450M valuation after a new funding round led by CoreWeave (BW)

  • CRISPR QC, a precision analytics platform for the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, raised a $10M Series A led by Xcellerant Ventures (BW)

  • Annabella, a femtech startup, raised an $8.5M seed round from notable investors including Israel’s Shark Tank’s founder Yasmin Lukatz, Oren Dobronsky, and Zohar Gilon (VC)

  • Chinese high-end fragrance brand Documents raised an $8M funding round led by USHOPAL (PRN)

  • Credo Health, a startup providing tech for value-based care, raised $5.25M in seed funding led by FCA Venture Partners (FN)

  • Affinity Learning, a compliance training startup, received a $2M investment from O’Shaughnessy Ventures (PRN)

  • Ceretype Neuromedicine, a company that specializes in the practical application and integration of functional MRI, raised a $2M seed round led by Cedar Street Group (FN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • ​​Metagenomi Technologies, a genetic medicines company backed by Bayer and Moderna, filed for a US IPO (RT)

  • Innovex Downhole Solutions, a manufacturer of engineering products for the oil and gas industry, filed for a US IPO (RT

  • Saudi pharmaceutical manufacturer Middle East Pharmaceutical Industries Company, known as Avalon Pharma, will IPO on the Saudi Exchange's Main Market (RT

  • Mexican discount retailer Tiendas 3B picked JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America for a potential US IPO as soon as the first half of the year (BBG


  • A group of direct lenders co-led by Ares Management, Golub Capital Partners and KKR provided a ~$500M debt financing package to Goldman Sachs Asset Management for its LBO of DOXA Insurance Holdings (BBG)

Bankruptcy / Restructuring

  • China’s Zhongzhi Enterprise Group, a major player in China’s ~$3T trust sector, declared bankruptcy; Zhongrong International Trust, a major subsidiary of the company with ~$108B AUM in 2022, had $31B more liabilities than assets (WSJ

  • Radio and broadcast company Audacy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will hand ownership to creditors in exchange for slashing $1.6B of debt (BBG)


  • Exponent Founders Capital, an NYC-based early-stage VC firm, raised $125M, including a new $75M Fund II vehicle (FN)

Crypto Corner

  • US spot Bitcoin ETFs could win approval after last-minute application updates (RT

  • Crypto job postings on LinkedIn declined 57% YoY in December (BBG

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