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TBR 3rd Quarter 2017 Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

TBR 3rd Quarter 2017 Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

October 9, 2017 — IHS Markit’s acquisition of Automotive Mastermind, one of the year’s biggest U.S.-based deals, brought an active third quarter to a close last week. The other big story of the quarter — and perhaps the year — is the nearly $200 million invested in six startups specializing in online automotive transaction solutions.…

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Top Dealer Files Explosive Lawsuits Against BMW, Audi

September 7, 2017 —  Several dealerships owned by the Braman Automotive Group filed three lawsuits this week against Audi and BMW in federal court alleging their business practices drive down dealership profit margins while coercing them to give up control of their businesses. Two of the lawsuits also include Terry Rhodes, Florida’s Executive Director of…

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Antitrust Lawsuit Update — Reynolds and Reynolds Hit with Third Lawsuit

September 5, 2017 — The lawsuits are piling up and more are on the way. Late last month, Superior Integrated Solutions (SIS), owner of Darwin Automotive, became the third dealership vendor to file a lawsuit against Reynolds and Reynolds since February alleging anti-competitive practices. At issue are the policies and practices Reynolds and CDK Global…

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VC Firms Like Online Transaction Apps in Auto Retail

VC Firms Like Online Transaction Apps in Auto Retail

August 24, 2017 —  (Originally published on LinkedIn) Since July, venture capital firms have invested $159.2 million into the automotive retail industry. And all of the capital is going into five companies whose solutions focus on online transactions. Overall, there have been 20 total deals since January in the industry — eight investments, 10 acquisitions… Continue Reading

2017 Mid-Year Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

2017 Mid-Year Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

August 17, 2017 — Following a first quarter with only one announced acquisition, the second quarter ended with eight acquisitions, two public offerings and three investments, bringing the mid-year total to 13 deals in the automotive retail vendor space. The rebound puts 2017 on a similar pace with 2016 which saw 31 total deals. Much of…

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Stunning Downfall of a Manhattan Automotive Empire

Stunning Downfall of a Manhattan Automotive Empire

August 7, 2017 — Less than a year ago, Gary Flom was building an automotive empire consisting of eight dealerships in the heart of New York City with plans to sell more than $600 million worth of vehicles this year. Today, that empire is in tatters, due to a frenetic growth pace railroaded by a bitter…

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A Stay of Injunction & a FTC Investigation

A Stay of Injunction & a FTC Investigation

August 1, 2017 — Good news and bad news today on the antitrust front for CDK Global and Reynolds Reynolds. First, in the lawsuit filed by Authenticom, Judge James Peterson of the Wisconsin district court issued a temporary seven-day stay this afternoon of the preliminary injunction he granted Authenticom on Friday to give the appeals…

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