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AIG, Pimco, Golub Capital
AIG places exec in charge of M&A; Pimco exec steps down; Golub Capital hires Chip Cushman from GE Capital

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Early-Stage Deal Flow Rose in April for Third Month in a Row
While dealmakers remain optimistic, some signs indicate the rate of M&A expansion may be slowing

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GE Capital Sponsor Finance Buyer Expected to be Unregulated Group, Source Says
Potential bidders for the unit include Apollo, Ares, Blackstone, KKR, Mitsubishi UFJ and SunTrust

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Pet Brands Worldwise and Quaker Pet Unite

J.M. Smucker, Whistle Labs and Fronteac have also made pet-related acquisitions recently

L-3 Expands in Pilot Training with CTC Acquisition

Veritas Capital and TransDigm have also recently made deals in the aerospace market

As U.S. Population Ages, Capmark Grabs Specialized Retailer Orchard Brands

Orchard owns Blair, Huband, Norm Thompson, Solutions, Sahalie, Gold Violin, Appleweed’s, Tog Shop, LinenSource, Draper’s & Damon’s, Old Pueblo Traders, Bedford Fair and WinterSilks

Sound Bites:
Video Highlights from ACG’s InterGrowth 2015

Dealmakers, including Mike Bernstein of Baird Capital and Sarah Bradley of Kainos Capital, weigh in on a range of topics from health care to food M&A

Nokia Takes Over Eden Rock to Expand in Self Organizing Networks

As part of the deal, Eden Rock will spin off a new company for its spectrum-sharing services

After a Handful of Mid-Market Deals, Founder Takes Music Festival Business SFX Private

SFX has acquired Beatport, festival producer ID&T, ticketing businesses Flavorus and Paylogic and many other businesses over the past few years

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Carlyle Closes European Technology-Focused Fund

The close comes after Thoma Bravo raised a fund specifically to compete for larger software deals. Pictured Carlyle co-CEO David Rubenstein

Vox Media to Buy Tech Biz Website Re/code in All-Stock Deal

Former Wall Street Journal reporters and AllThingsD conference organizers Kara Swisher and Walter Mossberg founded Re/code in 2014

Hormel Wins Applegate Auction and Grows Protein Offerings

The deal reflects rising consumer demand for natural and organic food companies such as Annie’s, which was sold to General Mills

Patrick Drahi Said to Seek Smaller Deals After Missing Time Warner

Through Altice, the French-Israeli tycoon is expected to ink deals in the middle market on the heels of buying Suddenlink

People Moves of the Week: Evercore, Fried Frank, Blue Ridge Partners

Evercore hires managing director; Fried Frank taps new partner; Blue Ridge brings in Jim Ettamarna, the former vice president of strategy for Staples

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Midwest Dealmaking

Deal pros from Huron Capital Partners, Monroe Capital, Plante Moran and Quarles & Brady offer insight into the opportunities and challenges facing the region

Sycamore-backed Hot Topic Takes Over Parent Company Of ThinkGeek

Hot Topic, owner of women's apparel stores Torrid and Blackheart, expands its online offerings of pop culture-influenced accessories

Veritas Adds Aerospace Company to Portfolio

The firm picked up StandardAero just days after TransDigm agreed to buy Pexco's aerospace unit and United Technologies put Sikorsky Aircraft up for sale

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