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Buyer Beware: Look Under the IT Hood
The state and scalability of a target's infrastructure are important factors to assess before buying, says Paranet's David Boone

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Lower Middle-Market Dealmakers Flock to Chicago for AM&AA Summer Conference
Highlights include keynote speeches from Jones Day's Andrew Sherman and CohnReznik's Patrick O'Keefe and a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field

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Samsonite Continues Deal Spree with $85M Gregory Mountain Products Buy
After buying Speck and Lipault earlier in 2014, the luggage maker increased its credit facility while it evaluates other targets

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Semiconductor Group Vishay Pays $205M for Capella

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Whirlpool Pays $1B for Majority Stake in Italian Appliance Group

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Bank M&A on Pace for Best Year Since 2008

Banks announced 136 whole-bank deals in the first half of 2014, representing an 18% increase from a year earlier

The Weekly Wrap: Opus Global, Thoma Bravo, Kainos Capital

Opus Global buys Hiperos; Thoma Bravo picks up Spara Systems; Kainos Capital acquires Slim-Fast

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PE-Backed U.K. Soccer Buys PTUSA

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