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CD&R Backs Maker of Sausage Casings Kalle, as Buyers Chew on Food Targets

Hershey, McCormick and Peak Rock have also purchased food companies

Buyouts Saddle Stressed Retailers with Debts They Can't Pay

Sports Authority was loaded with debt, a hangover from the 2006 LBO led by Leonard Green & Partners

Rovi Acquires DVR Pioneer TiVo

Rovi added voice search provider Veveo in 2014

The Weekly Wrap: Abbott, Peak Rock, Z Capital

Abbott buys St. Jude; Peak Rock backs Diamond Crystal, Z Capital invests Twin-Star

PE Firms Fundraising: Trivest, Welsh Carson and Others

HarbourVest Partners is also raising a fund

The Riverside Co. Continued Exit Prowess and Ranked Seller of the Year, Again

The prolific firm is led by co-CEOs Béla Szigethy and Stewart Kohl

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TPG Takes Stake in IT Staffing Firm Frank Recruitment

The target--which operates Nigel Frank, Mason Frank, Churchill Frank, and Washington Frank--was acquired from Livingbridge

Hanesbrands Latest Target is Australia’s Pacific Brands

The apparel company’s roster also includes Maidenform, Champion Europe and DBApparel

Arsenal-Backed Polymer Solutions Group Adds Rubber Maker Sasco

PSG was formed when Arsenal bought Peach State Labs, and the portfolio company later added Flow Polymers

Oracle Adds Cloud-Services Company Textura

Recent targets in the sector have included Elemental Technologies, FPX and Cvent

Abbott Agrees to Buy St. Jude Medical, As Device Deals Pick Up

St. Jude purchased Thoratec last year

KeyBanc Expanded Its PE Business Significantly, Racking Up Investment Bank of the Year

The bank made it a priority to work with sponsors, and it paid off, says managing director Paul Schneir

Peak Rock Adds to Food Portfolio with Diamond Crystal Brands

Hormel is selling DCB, which makes portion-control and single-serve foods and beverages

P&G’s Growth Plan Features Selling 105 Brands

To leverage Pampers and other fast-growing lines, Procter & Gamble has sold Duracell and currently has 50 brands in the exit process, says CFO Jon Moeller

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As credit tightens, Balance Point Capital and other non-regulated direct lenders fill the void