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Wrap Up

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

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

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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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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

Mid-Market Pulse
Mergers & Acquisitions introduces the Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), a valuable new index for middle-market dealmakers. Sponsored by McGladrey, the MMP is a predictive barometer that measures sentiment about future dealmaking activity in the overall market as well as in specific industries. The MMP is derived from monthly surveys of approximately 250 executives at private equity firms, investment banks, lending institutions and advisory firms in accounting, law and consulting.
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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The target provides frozen donor sperm and specialized reproductive services

Riverside Invests in Education Company Grace Hill

The purchase comes after Riverside divested OnCourse Learning in March

PE-Backed Ventures Technology Merges with 2 Competitors

Ventures Technology expects to make more acquisitions

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Former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin reached will replace Chinese software entrepreneur Charles Wang as majority owner

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Tech, media and telecom is slated to out-pace the overall market but not the health care or manufacturing sectors

Turnaround Tuesday: Ethanol Maker Heron Lake Refinances After Default

The company's lower-than-expected levels of working capital and losses caused Heron Lake's accountant to raise doubts about the company's ability to continue without liquidation

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