June 14, 2011
In the Region Saul Ewing to merge with Boston firm Saul Ewing L.L.P. , of Center City, said it planned to merge with the Boston real estate and business law firm Dionne & Gass L.L.P. , effective July 1. The merger will bring seven new lawyers to Saul Ewing, five as partners, one as special counsel, and another as an associate, and expand Saul Ewing's East Coast presence with its first office in Boston. The combined law firm will retain the Saul Ewing name and have 235 lawyers.
May 9, 2011 |
King of Prussia-based GSI Commerce Inc., which runs websites for retailers such as Toys R Us and Bath & Body Works, said Monday that the 40-day period in which it could seek third-party offers to eBay Inc.'s $2.4 billion bid has ended. EBay, which runs its namesake site where users buy and sell items through auctions and fixed-price "Buy it Now" formats as well as online payments service PayPal, announced its acquisition offer in March. GSI said it did not receive any alternative proposals before the "go-shop" period ended on Friday.
April 5, 2011 |
For the second time in a decade, Michael G. Rubin is selling the business he heads - and keeping some of it, too. Online-auction manager eBay has big plans for its latest proposed Philadelphia-area acquisition, GSI Commerce , which employs approximately 1,000 workers at its King of Prussia headquarters and thousands more at warehouses across North America. But Rubin isn't just selling his company, the publicly traded GSI. He's also buying back the parts he wants, with eBay's blessing, plus eBay financing for further expansion.
March 29, 2011 |
Michael Rubin's mom didn't like the idea of her 12-year-old son starting a ski shop, so he did what most savvy kids do - played his parents against each other. "I went to my father, who said he would be supportive as long as I did well in school," Rubin said in a 2008 interview. Wonder what the family is thinking now that Rubin, 37, a Villanova University dropout, stands to earn a cool $126.1 million when eBay Inc. closes its $2.4 billion deal for GSI Commerce Inc. That's the King of Prussia company Rubin grew from his ski-store business.
March 15, 2011
GSI Commerce Inc., King of Prussia, said it authorized a repurchase of up to $50 million of its outstanding shares over the next two years. The buyback extends through March 14, 2013, and was contingent on the completion of GSI's acquisition of Fanatics Inc. That deal - with terms that were not disclosed - has closed, GSI said. Fanatics operates more than 250 e-commerce websites. GSI also said it has closed a $400 million credit agreement. The five-year agreement replaces a $150 million revolving credit facility and includes a $285 million revolving line of credit and a $115 million term loan.
November 30, 2010 |
From her headquarters office at online retail operator GSI Commerce Inc. , Fiona Dias can see the paved parking that makes possible the King of Prussia shopping complex. "The mall was packed Black Friday," said Dias, "but I didn't see tons of shopping bags. " The National Retail Federation , in a survey of 4,300 Americans, said the number of people shopping online has grown by a third so far this Christmas-shopping season compared with last year. Actual online sales were up a more modest 9 percent, estimated analyst Marianne R. Wolk , who covers Amazon.
November 22, 2010
The Center for Autism , a nonprofit autism treatment and evaluation center, has named Silvana Battaglia , John C. Bickel , and Margaret C. Souders to its board of directors. Battaglia is senior vice president of human resources for Day & Zimmerman Group Inc. Bickel is the president of Hollister Construction Services' Pennsylvania office. Souders is on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing and has a clinical appointment as a pediatric nurse practitioner for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Genetics Center and Center for Autism Research.
November 17, 2010 |
Store owners, job-hunters, investors all want this Christmas shopping season to be busier than last year. Shares of Dick's Sporting Goods jumped 12 percent Tuesday as the Pittsburgh-based national chain posted modestly higher sales in its third-quarter report. Same-store sales at more than 400 Dick's stores rose 5 percent over 2009 levels. Online sales jumped a more-exciting 82 percent, chief financial officer Timothy Kullman told investors. Wall Street connects online sales with low costs and high profits.
May 12, 2010
GSI Commerce Inc., King of Prussia, said Wednesday it acquired VendorNet, a Boynton Beach, Fla., provider of software to manage e-commerce supply-chain solutions, such as inventory management. VendorNet's clients include the Franklin Mint, Neiman Marcus, David's Bridal, Spiegel, Nine West and Lands' End. The purchase price was not disclosed, but privately held VendorNet has 32 employees, a GSI Commerce spokeswoman said. GSI operates websites for retailers, manufacturers and other companies.