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Jun 13, 2018

Federal judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, potentially ushering in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without imposing major conditions as some experts had expected. The […]

Jan 19, 2017

Trump antitrust candidate Wright has pro-merger track record

The Trump team is considering giving a top antitrust post to a former U.S. trade commissioner whose hands-off views on competition have at times failed to withstand court scrutiny. Joshua Wright, a conservative law professor who heads President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team for the Federal Trade Commission, is under consideration to lead the Justice Department’s […]

Dec 27, 2016

Praxair facilities in Tonawanda to remain open

TONAWANDA — A business merger involving Praxair isn’t expected to affect the company’s work force in western New York. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says Praxair has committed to preserve its facilities in that region of the state, where it employs more than 1,000 workers. The New York Democrat says Praxair will preserve its entire work […]

Dec 7, 2016

Innovation or monopoly? Panel looks at AT&T-Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON — Senators scrutinizing the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner homed in on brass tacks with the companies’ CEOs. OK, you say this $85.4 billion mega-deal will enhance, not quash, competition and benefit consumers. Will it actually reduce prices that consumers pay? AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson assured the members of a Senate antitrust […]

Oct 30, 2015

KeyCorp strikes $4.1B deal for rival bank First Niagara

CLEVELAND — KeyCorp will expand deeper into the Northeast with a $4.1 billion deal to buy First Niagara Financial Group and create the 13th largest commercial bank in the United States. Cleveland-based KeyCorp said Friday that it will pay a portion of its stock and $2.30 in cash for each share of First Niagara. The […]

Sep 30, 2015

Two firms combine, create large Buffalo office

The law partnerships of Bond, Schoeneck and King PLLC and Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel LLP voted Wednesday to combine, creating a 51-lawyer Bond office in Buffalo. The new office will expand available services, better position Bond to meet the legal needs of a growing Buffalo and Western New York economy and place Bond among the […]

Sep 16, 2015

Betlem acquires other firm’s assets

John Betlem Heating & Cooling has completed a merger in which the 74-year-old company acquired the assets of Lang Heating & Cooling. Lang, which was headquartered in Webster and had a branch office in Canandaigua, was 67 years old. Kathy Betlem, vice president and general manager of John Betlem, said the merger was seamless and […]

Jul 31, 2014

Brandlogic acquires CoreBrand

Brandlogic, a full-service brand consultancy, has joined with CoreBrand, a leading brand strategy and communications firm and creator of the Corporate Branding Index. The combined company brings together the complementary skills of both teams, creating an employee-owned organization comprised of more than 50 researchers, strategists, writers, designers, technologists and thought leaders across fiv[...]

May 19, 2014

Cuomo reviews Comcast, Time Warner merger

ALBANY (AP) — State regulators will conduct a review of the merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast to determine whether the union is in the best interest of New York customers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said the $45.2 billion merger will be reviewed by the state’s Public Service Commission. The commission will investigate […]

Mar 6, 2014

Antitrust official recused from Comcast-TWC review

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said its top antitrust official, Bill Baer, is recusing himself from the department’s review of Comcast’s $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. Spokeswoman Gina Talamona said that Baer, an assistant attorney general, was not heading the review due to some work he did while in private practice. Baer […]

Feb 18, 2014

Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger worries consumers

LOS ANGELES — Cable subscribers don’t give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn’t take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly. The […]

Dec 18, 2013

BSK acquires two downstate firms

Bond Schoeneck & King recently announced its merger with two downstate firms — Kehl, Katzive & Simon of New York City and Kennedy & Gillen of Long Island. Seven lawyers from Kehl, Katzive will join Bond on Jan. 1, bolstering the law firm’s legal service offerings for educational institutions, social service organizations and nonprofit cultural […]

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