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First Half of 2014 Best for M&A in 3 Years
Positive predictions for 2014 are coming true, with the first six months of the year generating more deals than the same periods in 2012 and 2013

Expert's Corner

How to Leverage Social Media in Dealmaking
Axial’s Sam Jacobs provides tips to use specialized social networks to meet, interact, communicate and transact

The Buyside

In-Tweet Shopping Inspires Dealmaking
Twitter's Nathan Hubbard helms a deal that shows how M&A for social media companies is evolving, with Facebook not far behind

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6 Companies For Sale

See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including PetSmart and American Tire Distributors

The Weekly Wrap: Mexichem, Mednax, Arcadis

Mexichem picks up Dura-Line; Mednax buys MedData; Arcadis acquires Callison

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including American Securities Partners, EquityZen and Turnbridge Capital

IPC Adds Two Physician Groups as Consolidation Continues

The move follows the health care group's acquisition of Eastside Medical in May

Riverside Expands in E-Learning, Picks up Lexipol

The PE firm also recently bought training group Grace Hill

Dynegy to Buy Duke, Energy Capital Plants for $6.25B

CEO Robert Flexon has been rebuilding Dynegy through acquisitions since guiding the company through bankruptcy

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The relatively low scores for deal multiples suggest that deal prices in the energy sector are flattening out after having risen over the last couple of years.
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Clayton Dubilier & Rice Invests $600M in Energy-Services Provider CHC

The PE firm, which owns David's Bridal and John Deere Landscapes, will control 45 percent of the energy-services company

SoftBank Raises War Chest for More Deals After Scrapping Merger of Sprint and T-Mobile

Under CEO Masayoshi Son, SoftBank, has struck $51 billion of acquisitions in the past five years and may pursue Yahoo or Dish, say analysts

Cirrus Logic Closes $467M Wolfson Microelectronics Deal

Harman also recently made an audio acquisition, picking up AMX in May

Duke LifePoint Healthcare Acquires Conemaugh Health System in Latest Consolidation of Physician Groups

The buyer has also committed $425 million to invest in systems and services for health care providers

PE-Backed Skillsoft Adds to E-Learning M&A with SumTotal Buy

The transaction marks an exit for Vista Equity Partners, which made four add-on acquisitions to SumTotal since 2009

Arcadis Builds Up with PE-backed Architecture Firm Callison

The move follows design firm Foster + Partners' purchase of full company control from 3i

Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General Bid on Antitrust Issue

The Dollar General offer would merge the two largest dollar-store chains in the U.S., creating a fleet of almost 20,000 stores

Bain Strolls Away with 50 Percent Stake in Toms, As Consolidation Continues in Shoes

Founder Blake Mycoskie will continue to own the other 50 percent of the company known for slip-on shoes and charitable contributions

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