When an investment banker helps a client with a corporate finance transaction (like raising capital, selling a business, etc.), we often commemorate the transaction with something called a “tombstone” or a “deal toy”. These range from boring lucite squares with the specs of the transaction to very clever pieces that reflect the business or their products. 

I thought I would share some of my favorite deal toys from over the years (with the exception of Einstein’s Bagels, I helped conceptually design all of these, which are each about 5-6″ tall):

Pizza delivery bag with “stack” of pizzas for the IPO of Papa John’s largest franchisee

Cooker restaurant rendering for a follow-on public equity raise for Cooker


Bagel to-go box for Einstein/Noah Bagel Co’s follow-on equity capital raise


Pool table for Total Entertainment Restaurant Corp’s (Bailey’s and Fox & Hound) IPO


Vanity mirror for the M&A sale of Jerdon to Focus Products


Foodservice scale for the M&A sale of Pelouze to Newell-Rubbermaid


I have shelves filled with these, so I would be happy to share others, but these were my personal favorites of the bunch.