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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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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Jonathan Ord Steps Down as CEO of DealerSocket

August 29, 2017 — Jonathan Ord, CEO of CRM vendor DealerSocket, is stepping down as CEO of the company he founded with Brad Perry in 2001. Replacing Ord is Sejal Pietrzak, who is leaving her position as Chief Administration Officer at Active Network. Under Ord’s leadership, DealerSocket grew into one of the top CRM companies… Continue Reading

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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Court Stays Injunction for Reynolds & CDK; Expedites Appeals Process — Why It’s Important

August 9, 2017 —  After seemingly being dominated in the early stages in the antitrust lawsuit filed by Authenticom in May, Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global have clawed back to what can be described as a tie. The Seventh District Court of Appeals yesterday granted the two technology firms a stay of the preliminary…

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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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injunction Order in Antitrust Trial is a Victory for Authenticom but the Devil is in the Details

injunction Order in Antitrust Trial is a Victory for Authenticom but the Devil is in the Details

July 30, 2017 — It is only a preliminary injunction, but the order issued by Judge James Peterson on Friday in the antitrust lawsuit pitting Authenticom against defendants Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global appears to have handed the plaintiff a significant victory. Authenticom is calling it a “stunning victory.” The order does grant Authenticom…

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