Deal toys biz booms as M&A on Wall Street surges

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Get an inside look at the makers of ‘deal toys’ that have seen business skyrocket in 2021 thanks to increased M&A. Challenger bank HMBradley is growing so fast it needs to add more partner banks to keep up with deposits. Two Black women executives on Wall Street detail microaggressions they’ve faced. Vestwell, a fintech focused on disrupting employee retirement programs, just nabbed $70 million from some of Wall Street’s most elite firms. If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can sign up here to get your daily dose of the stories dominating banking, business, and big deals.
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Inside a wild year for Wall Street’s ‘deal toy’ makers: Business is rebounding as M&A jumps but raw materials like crystal are tough to find

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Business is booming for makers of deal toy, who create awards for Wall Street transactions.
Here’s a peak inside what has been a wild year.
Challenger bank HMBradley grew too fast. Now it’s looking for new bank partners as it pushes into mortgages and auto loans.

Zach Bruhnke, cofounder and CEO of HMBradley

Challenger bank HMBradley switched to invite-only after it hit $375 million in deposits as it looks to add more bank partners. Read more here.
Black women who manage billions of dollars break down the microaggressions they’ve faced while excelling in highly demanding jobs

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Dekia Scott, CIO of Southern Company, and Tina Byles Williams, CEO, CIO, and founder of Xponance, revealed microaggressions they’ve faced in a predominantly white, male field. Here’s what they said.
Vestwell just nabbed $70 million from Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and others as it looks to disrupt employee retirement programs

Aaron Schumm, founder and CEO of Vestwell

Vestwell provides back-end tech connecting financial institutions and workplace savings programs. See more here.
Here’s the 12-page pitch deck e-commerce banking startup Novo used to raise its $40 million Series A

Michael Rangel, cofounder and CEO, and Tyler McIntyre, cofounder and CTO of Novo.
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Novo, a small-business banking startup, just raised a $40.7 million Series A led by Valar Ventures. Check out the pitch deck it used.
Inside WeWork’s IPO meltdown: How Adam Neumann and Wall Street’s chaotic partnership obliterated $40 billion in value
Read an adaptation from Wall Street Journal reporters Maureen Farrell and Eliot Brown’s new book, "The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion." Find out more here.
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