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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

Expert's Corner

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

People Moves of the Week

Brown Gibbons Lang, Cantor Fitzgerald, Wilmington Trust
Brown Gibbons Lang taps corporate M&A specialist; Cantor Fitzgerald names head of media investment banking; Wilmington Trust brings in BNY Mellon vets Julie Balerna and Deb Daniello

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Alcon Buys WaveTec Vision

Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Thomas H. Lee have also recently participated in eye-care deals

Roper Buys IPA from Riverside Partners

The deal follows health care transactions from Genstar Capital and Graham Partners

Bob Diamond’s Atlas Mara Seeking More Southern-Africa Deals

The announcement comes about a year after Diamond and Ugandan entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar raised $325M in an IPO

Brentwood Picks up PE-Backed Marshall Retail Group

This is the second time seller ICV has exited the casino and airport retailer, after selling it in 2005 and repurchasing it in 2008

PE-Backed DLC Buys Beacon Resources

The deal combines two California financing and accounting staffing firms

Radiant Oil Takes Over Gulf Coast Energy Project

Other recent oil and gas transactions have come from Riverstone, Barlcays Natural, Temasek and Valero

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 move comes after Riverstone partnered with KKR to form an oil company

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See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as going concerns in SEC filings, including Altair and Sunwin Stevia

Riverside Adds to Deal Spree with DMA Acquisition

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Burger King to Buy Tim Hortons Chain for About $11.4B

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