Mergers and acquisitions

Sycamore's bid for Chico's highlights lack of private equity transparency

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Women's apparel retailer Chico's FAS yesterday rejected a $3.50 per share takeover offer from private equity firm Sycamore Partners, saying it undervalued the company. Nothing shocking, given that Chico's had previously rejected an offer from Sycamore that was 18.6% higher.

Buzz: There are still some big questions about how Sycamore will fare on this non-deal, given that it disclosed a 6.6% stake in Chico's at the same time it announced its $3.50 per share takeover offer. And if that offer, which was bound to be nixed, was designed to recoup some earlier losses.

Scoop: Coinbase in talks to buy Xapo's Bitcoin custody unit

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is in talks to acquire the Bitcoin custody business of crypto storage company Xapo, multiple sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Coinbase has been aggressively working to attract more institutional investors, for whom custody is usually a requirement. It's also facing competition from companies like Fidelity Digital Assets, which we're told had competed for the Xapo deal. Coinbase declined comment.

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