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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

D.A. Davidson, Ropes & Gray, William Blair
D.A. Davidson brings in two M&A vets; Ropes & Gray hires partner; William Blair names Todd Speece head of West Coast equity capital markets

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Post to Buy Mom Brands to Add Bagged, Hot Breakfast Cereals

Buying Mom Brands will solidify Post’s position as the third-biggest maker of ready-to-eat cereals

Yukon Teams with Revelstoke to Back Encore Rehab

The deal comes as similar programs, including Crossroads Holding, Althetico Physical Therapy and Accelerated Rehabilitation, attract investors

Axis to Merge With PartnerRe to Create $11B Reinsurer

The new company will be among the world’s five largest reinsurers

The Buyside: Deal Pros Shape Up with Fitness Plays

Recent buyers focused on fitness and the outdoors include Bass Pro Group LLC, Finish Line Inc. and Kent International Inc.

Rockwell Collins Scouting for More Deals After Arinc Buy Bolsters Sales

The aerospace company is looking to expand its connected airplane portfolio with data product providers

The Weekly Wrap: AdvancePierre Foods, Hosen Capital, Kinder Morgan

AdvancePierre Foods buys Landshire; Hosen Capital acquires meat distributor Ruprecht Co; Kinder Morgan inks natural gas deal

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Hosen Capital is one of several Chinese companies looking for food distribution deals

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