Has Mid-Market M&A Come to a Dead Stop, or is This a Momentary Pause?
Dealmaking in Q4 2015 dropped 26 percent from Q4 2014, and January 2016 was downright sluggish. How long will the lull last?

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Men's Wearhouse Devises Tailored Brands Holding Company to Protect Assets in Potential Bankruptcy
The retailer has suffered financially since its 2014 acquisition of Jos. A. Bank


Valuations Soared in 2015, Making it Tough for PE Firms to Compete with Strategic Buyers
Prices paid for lower middle-market targets averaged 9.1 times Ebitda, up from 7.8 in 2014, says GF Data’s Graeme Frazier

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India’s Wipro Pursues U.S. Insurance Market, Inks Deal with HealthPlan Services

The IT company says the transaction aligns with its plans for a consumer-centric business model

World Fuel Picks Up ExxonMobil's Aircraft Business, as Air Travel Soars

The deal includes airports in in Canada, the United Kingdom, France Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand

People Moves of the Week: Jenner & Block, BNP Paribas, Global Loan Agency

Jenner & Block hires Kurt von Moltke as M&A co-chair; BNP Paribas adds three; Global Loan Agency expands U.S. operations

Stryker Adds Medical Device-Maker Synergetics in Buying Spree

The planned purchase of medical device maker Synergetics follows Stryker’s agreement to buy medical supplier Sage from Madison Dearborn

Rockwell Complements Jacobs Automation with MagneMotion Acquisition

The deal follows the purchases of Adept Technology and B+ Equipment

Carlyle’s Fourth-Quarter Profit Falls 57 Percent, as Asset Sales Slow

The firm, led by David Rubenstein, recently closed a second middle-market fund and is buying back $200 million of its stock

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Algonquin Power to Buy Empire District Electric, as Canadian Power Companies Seek Growth Through U.S. Targets

The deal follows in the footsteps of the planned purchase by Canada’s Fortis of the U.S.-based ITC Holdings utility

Worst January for Mid-Market M&A in 25 Years

The first month of 2016 delivered only half the number of closed deals as the same month in 2015, making it the least productive January for the middle market since 1991

Mason Wells Closes $615 Million Buyout Fund, Beating Original $550M Target

The PE firm recently exited Charter Nex Films and Paris Presents

Heartland Acquires Beanstalk Data Ahead of Joining Global Payments

The payment processing and technology provider acquired Digital Dining, pcAmerica and Dinnerware in 2015

Terra Energy Takes on Assets from WPX in $910M Deal

Kayne Anderson and Warburg Pincus are providing equity financing

Distressed Company Watch List: Empire Resorts, Genworth Financial, SandRidge Energy

See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as a going concern in SEC filings, including Genworth Financial, which is considering asset sales to reduce its debt

Fortis Seeks Growth in the Utilities Sector with ITC Purchase

Other recent deals include the acquisitions of AGL Resources and Piedmont

Turnaround Talk: Genworth Drafts Plan to Pay Down Debt in Light of Losses

The insurance company will separate its long-term care insurance business

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