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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Nicox, with Fort Worth operations, to acquire Aciex Therapeutics of Boston

Nicox S.A., an international ophthalmic company whose United States operations are based in Fort Worth, will acquire Aciex Therapeutics Inc., a private ophthalmic development pharmaceutical company in Boston, on a cash-free, debt-free basis through a reverse triangular merger.
Under terms of the proposed acquisition, Aciex shareholders will receive an upfront payment of $65 million in the form of 20,627,024 newly issued Nicox shares, plus contingent value rights giving right to shares for a potential additional value of up to $55 million.


The transaction will broaden and strengthen Nicox’s therapeutic development pipeline, which would include two phase 3 candidates, one being developed by Nicox’s partner Bausch + Lomb.
Aciex brings a near-term pipeline of ophthalmic therapeutic product candidates, including one for allergic conjunctivitis.
Aciex was founded in 2007 with technology licensed from Afferent Therapeutics LLC, a spin-out from Ora Inc.


The completion of the acquisition is subject to the approval of Nicox’s shareholders and other customary conditions.
Nicox was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in France, with research capabilities in Italy, a growing commercial infrastructure in North America and in the major European markets, and an expanding international presence through partners. The company had a market cap of $271 million as of Feb. 28, 2014, and cash position of $86.1 million as of Sept. 30, 2013. Nicox employs about 134 people worldwide.
Nicox S.A. is listed on Euronext Paris.

Betty Dillard
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