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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

People Moves of the Week

BTIG, D.A. Davidson, KeyBanc
BTIG taps two former Lazard execs; D.A. Davidson launches real estate team; KeyBanc drafts Anne-Marie Peterson to the firm's leveraged finance team

REAL ESTATE

BET Founder Continues Picking Up Hotels
RLJ Lodging, founded by Robert L. Johnson, recently paid about $50M for an Atlanta Hyatt

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Catterton Grabs Minority Stake in Jewelry Designer John Hardy from 3i

Change Capital and HanesBrands have also recently made consumer goods investments

E.W. Scripps, Journal Communications to Merge, Spin Off Papers

E.W. Scripps will have the fifth-largest independent TV station group in the U.S., reaching 18 percent of households, and Journal Media, with newspapers in 14 markets, will have no debt

Hangzhou Tigermed Buys Baird-Backed Frontage Laboratories

Baird also recently sold American Auto Auction Group to PE firm Huron Capital Partners

PR Firm Allison + Partners Acquires Frause

The move follows another public relations merger – in June PE Firm GTCR combined PR firms Vocus and Cision. Pictured: Bob Frause, Frause CEO

First Data to Buy Digital Gift Card Provider Gyft

The companies were already working to integrate Gyft's technology with First Data's Clover Station, a tablet-based point-of-sale system

Heartland to Buy TouchNet to Boost Campus Services

In April, Heartland acquired MCS Software to expand its school cafeteria payment services

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Pfizer Pays $635M for Vaccines

The deal follow's the company's failed bid for AstraZeneca and acquisition of InnoPharma

GTCR Adds to Health Care Tech M&A with Xifin Acquisition

Companies have been scooping up cloud-based software programs that aim to help health care groups simplify systems and create cost efficiencies. Pictured: Xifin CEO Lâle White

AstraZeneca to Acquire Almirall Lung Drugs for $875M

AstraZeneca rejected Pfizer’s bid of $117 billion in May, saying the U.K. drugmaker’s pipeline of experimental drugs made it more valuable as a standalone company

BlackBerry Buys German Anti-Eavesdropping Tool Used by Chancellor Angela Merkel

The acquisition is BlackBerry’s first since CEO John Chen came aboard in November

PE-Backed Aqua Terra Expands in British Columbia Wastewater Disposal Market

The company is owned by Bregal Partners, which has added Four Winds Energy, Ceiba Energy and Phyllis Disposal

Turnaround Tuesday: Alion Science Granted More Time to Refinance Notes

The company has indicated doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern, or without the threat of liquidation, due to losses

Bevcorp Buys Packaging Equipment Assets

Dealmaking in the packaging sector has heated up, with recent acquisitions by TriMas and Georgia-Pacific

Graham Partners Grabs Medical Device Group HemaSource

HemaSource acquired Medical Supplies of America's blood-plasma supplies unit in November

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