ALM Recognizes 2013 Smithfield Purchase as Global M&A Deal of the Year; McGuireWoods Played Crucial Role in Transaction Sep 23, 2014 10:24AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lawyer's 2014 Global Legal Awards recognized last year's purchase of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. – the largest ever purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm – among the most distinguished cross-border transactions of 2013. McGuireWoods played a substantial role in the deal.

The publication selected the $4.7 billion Smithfield acquisition as the Global Merger & Acquisition Deal of the Year: China Outbound. McGuireWoods, one of four firms involved in the sale, played key roles in the transaction, including helping Virginia-based Smithfield reassure restive U.S. lawmakers who had voiced concerns about the overseas sale of America's largest pork producer.

It was one of 36 awards recognizing the most renowned recent cross-border work worldwide. L.F. Payne, president of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, represented the firm at ALM's Global Legal Awards gala Monday night in New York.

The transaction illustrated the strengths McGuireWoods offers for clients by teaming the law firm alongside its consulting subsidiary.

Besides Payne, who directs federal public affairs for MWC, others who played pivotal roles in the deal included David Oakey, a mergers and acquisitions and  securities partner in the law firm, Lee Lilley, a vice president for federal government relations at MWC, and Victoria Marchetti, a federal government relations research assistant at MWC.

"McGuireWoods was a key player in an excellent legal team that did superb work helping Smithfield complete this major transaction and we are pleased that this collaborative effort has received this recognition from ALM's Global Legal Awards," said Dennis H. Treacy, Smithfield's executive vice president and chief sustainability officer.

The awards spotlight law offices - including corporate in-house counsel - that played substantial roles in the most distinguished cross-border work performed between Jan. 1, 2013, and April 14, 2014, across a wide range of disciplines. More than 270 nominations were received from 66 law firms reflecting work on more than 170 transactions.

McGuireWoods LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 900 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. McGuireWoods Consulting, a subsidiary of the law firm, is ranked in the Top 20 of The National Law Journal's "The Influence 50," an annual report of the top public affairs firms in Washington. The Washington office is at 2001 K Street N.W. For more information, visit www.mcguirewoods.com.

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Prudential Lou Hillman, REALTORS® Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Brokerage Network Sep 23, 2014 10:25AM

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Dallas-Ft. Worth brokerage to operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lou Hillman, REALTORS®

DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, today announced that Prudential Lou Hillman, REALTORS® has joined the network and is now operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lou Hillman, REALTORS®.

Broker/Owner and President Lou Hillman has deep roots in the local community, serving on several local boards over the past 50 years. Hillman founded his real estate business in 1972, later joining the Prudential Real Estate network in 1988, and is now looking forward to a new era as a member of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

“The Berkshire Hathaway name is recognized and respected in the U.S. and throughout the world,” said Hillman. “We are excited to make this transition and we’re confident that the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand reputation will help us expand our client base and continue to attract talented agents.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has grown to more than 33,300 agents and 1,011 offices in 47 states since its launch exactly one year ago today. Hillman said the brand is an ideal fit for his agents and the local community. New tools and resources available to the brokerage through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform will help agents provide even better service to a growing client roster. This includes powerful lead generation, a handy mobile app and other tools driven by the cleanest and most accurate real estate information available.

“To be successful today, real estate brokerages need to be backed by a brand that sees the value in investing in technology,” he said. “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices absolutely demonstrates a commitment to the tools, resources and technology that will help us grow our client roster and recruit new agents.”

Hillman and his agents will commemorate the brand transition today at their historic Grapevine office. Lou Hillman, REALTORS®’ new “Cabernet and Cream” yard signs are now appearing throughout Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Earl Lee, CEO of HSF Affiliates, welcomed Lou Hillman, REALTORS® to the network. “We are pleased that Lou and his team have chosen to go forward with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” he said. “Lou Hillman, REALTORS® is highly regarded in the Dallas-Ft. Worth marketplace and will represent our brand well.”

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lou Hillman, REALTORS®

Lou Hillman, REALTORS® is the oldest real estate firm founded in the Grapevine/Colleyville/Flower Mound/Southlake area. Its expertise extends from single-family residential sales to large commercial land and building sales and multi-family property sales. Visit www.bhhshillman.com for details.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early 2014 was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score among real estate brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com for details.

Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, and are used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Kevin Ostler, 949-794-7980

kevinostler@hsfranchise.com

or

Marisa Mulqueen, 212-704-8112

marisa.mulqueen@edelman.com

Source: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


Yodlee Launches the Yodlee Enterprise API, a Custom-Built API and Developer Portal to Unite Bank Systems and Drive Innovation Sep 23, 2014 10:24AM

New tool allows financial institutions to safely work with third-party developers without exposing their internal systems

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- FinovateFall – Yodlee, the cloud-based platform driving innovation in digital financial services, today announces the launch of the Yodlee Enterprise API, a new application programming interface (API), custom built and co-branded for an individual financial institution (FI), to help accelerate bank innovation with internal and external developers.

“Financial institutions have craved the ability to accelerate innovation with both internal and external developers, but have never had a safe and effective way to do so,” said Yodlee CEO Anil Arora. “We’re pleased to finally meet those needs with a revolutionary new approach that we believe will fundamentally change the paradigm for bank innovation and agility.”

While hundreds of companies in other industries have opened up APIs to developers, Yodlee's Enterprise API leverages Yodlee’s years of experience in securely accessing and consolidating financial data through its own APIs to deliver a first of its kind in the financial sector – a custom financial institution API. This powerful API connects all internal bank systems, and only exposes data to developers in a secure and compliant way, allowing financial institutions to innovate with the same speed and agility as today’s digital innovators.

“Financial institutions of all sizes often have incredibly complex, disparate systems - with no central data repository - which is further complicated by enormous security and regulatory requirements,” noted Bill Parsons, Chief Customer Officer at Yodlee. “Normally, it would take years for a financial institution to create an approach that safely exposes their API externally. We are making that a reality today.”

Yodlee Enterprise API creates a single API, with a custom developer portal, specially built for each customer, eliminating a financial institution’s time-to-market obstacles and its risk of losing ground to new digital competitors who are quick to innovate. It also benefits developers by eliminating banking system complexity so they are free to create new apps and ideas.

Yodlee will unveil its Enterprise API offering on stage at FinovateFall, demonstrating how the first API custom built for financial institutions can speed innovation with developers and their apps such as our co-presenter Stockpile, the world’s first brokerage platform that will enable consumers to invest their change in US securities. Yodlee Enterprise API enables the app to be created for banks in weeks instead of years.

Yodlee is seeking additional launch partners – financial institutions who want to create and expose their data to external or internal developers via an API. To learn more about Yodlee Enterprise API, please visit http://www.yodlee.com/enterprise_api.

About Yodlee

Yodlee is a leading technology and applications platform powering dynamic, cloud-based innovation for digital financial services. More than 750 companies in over 10 countries, including 9 of the 15 largest U.S. banks and hundreds of Internet services companies, subscribe to the Yodlee platform to power personalized financial apps and services for millions of consumers. Yodlee solutions help transform the speed and delivery of financial innovation, improve digital customer experiences, and deepen customer engagement.

Yodlee is headquartered in Redwood City, CA with global offices in London and Bangalore.

Yodlee

Melanie Flanigan, 650-980-3707

mflanigan@yodlee.com

Source: Yodlee


Fitch Rates Iowa Fin Auth VRDBs (Five Star Holdings Proj), Ser 2007 'AA-/F1+'; Outlook Stable Sep 23, 2014 10:23AM

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The rating action referenced in Fitch Ratings' Sept. 19, 2014, press release ('Fitch to Rate Iowa Fin Auth VRDBs (Five Star Holdings Proj), Ser 2007 'AA-/F1+'; Outlook Stable') is effective today (Sept. 23, 2014).

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Criteria', Feb. 24, 2014;

--'Rating Guidelines for Letter of Credit-Supported Bonds', June 2, 2014.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=736618

Rating Guidelines for Letter of Credit-Supported Bonds and Commercial Paper

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=749431

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=879294

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY'S PUBLIC WEBSITE 'WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM'. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH'S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE 'CODE OF CONDUCT' SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Mario Civico, +1 212-908-0796

Senior Director

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

33 Whitehall Street

New York, NY 10004

or

Secondary Analyst

Joseph Staffa, +1 212-908-0829

Senior Director

or

Committee Chairperson

Trudy Zibit, +1 212-908-0689

Managing Director

or

Media Relations:

Elizabeth Fogerty, +1 212-908-0526

elizabeth.fogerty@fitchratings.com

Source: Fitch Ratings


Wine Enthusiasts Cheer as Fall Crush Menu Debuts at Bonefish Grill Sep 23, 2014 10:21AM

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonefish Grill is celebrating the wine crush season with crave-worthy dishes perfectly paired with wines to complement fall flavors. The new Fall Crush Menu features wine elements such as the Malbec Marinated Steak and Shrimp with a six ounce center cut sirloin topped with wood-grilled shrimp served alongside a Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec mustard sauce. 

"Fall Crush showcases the seasonality of our new menu," said Bonefish Grill President Stephen Judge. "It represents our innovative culture and the flavors we bring to the table. There's nothing like our savory Vintner's Burger with red wine jam to highlight what everyone loves about the fall season."

Perfect pairings include:

  • The Vintner's Burger with wood-grilled American Kobe beef, caramelized onions, Danish blue cheese and red wine jam paired with the luscious Dona Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. This combination creates the perfect bite, enhanced by the aroma of currant, blackberry and mint.
  • Sweet Pan Roasted Snapper and Shrimp topped with grape tomatoes, cilantro, scallions and a white wine scampi sauce paired with the creamy richness and bright acidity of Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay.
  • Slightly sweet and firm textured Wood-Grilled Swordfish over Pumpkin Ravioli topped with feta cheese, crispy sage and shallot brown butter paired with the zesty and aromatic Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

Each wine in Bonefish Grill's Fall Crush lineup is highly rated by publications such as Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast or Wine Spectator based on their character, style and flavor qualities – categorizing each as outstanding, quality wines. The list represents popular wine locales such as New Zealand, Oregon and The Russian River Valley.

"Fall Crush is one of our favorite times of year, especially when it comes to matching great flavor of food with wine," said Bonefish Grill's Director of Bar Innovation Leigh Merritt. "The fall season also represents some of those flavors guests wait all year to enjoy."

Bonefish Grill's Fall Crush menu is available at all restaurant locations nationwide through November 17. Reservations are conveniently available via Catch-A-Table, Bonefish Grill's online reservation system available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week at www.bonefishgrill.com or by calling the restaurant. Walk-ins are always welcome.

About Bonefish GrillFounded in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish from around the world and other savory wood-grilled specialties. Guests receive "chef's coat service" and are guided through an innovative, seasonal menu and specials featuring the highest-quality, fresh ingredients. Combined with a big-city bar, Bonefish Grill offers hand-crafted cocktails and an affordable distinct list of 30 wines by the glass offering a great match for any food pairing. 

The restaurant provides a fun and lively place to eat, drink, relax and socialize any day of the week. The experience is based on the premise of simplicity, consistency and a strong commitment to excellence at every level. In fourteen years, the award-winning Bonefish Grill family has grown to more than 200 restaurants across the country. For more information, visit www.bonefishgrill.com, facebook.com/BonefishGrill or follow on Twitter @bonefishgrill.

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SOURCE Bonefish Grill


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