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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

D.A. Davidson, Ropes & Gray, William Blair
D.A. Davidson brings in two M&A vets; Ropes & Gray hires partner; William Blair names Todd Speece head of West Coast equity capital markets

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Top 2014 Mid-Market Deals by Industry


Oil & gas, professional services, banks and software are among the top five sectors for M&A

Amazon Scored September’s Biggest Middle-Market Deal


The e-commerce company paid $970 million for Twitch Interactive, an online community of video gamers

Hormel's Purchase of Muscle Milk Maker Was Among August's Notable Deals


The middle market closed 168 deals in August, fewer than in July

Clayton Dubilier & Rice Invests $600M in Energy-Services Provider CHC


The PE firm, which owns David's Bridal and John Deere Landscapes, will control 45 percent of the energy-services company

The Weekly Wrap: CD&R, Harman, Propel Capital


CD&R buys Healogics; Harman picks up AMX; Propel Capital acquires Summit Products and Citiblocs

The Weekly Wrap: Blucora, Hillshire Brands, Sumitomo


Blucora adds HowStuffWorks; Hillshire Brands buys Van's Natural; Sumitomo acquires Vaupell

Turnaround Tuesday: Alion Science Works to Refinance Notes


The company's history of losses raises doubt its ability to continue as a going concern, or without the threat of liquidation

The Weekly Wrap: Koppers, Certara, KPS


Koppers buys Osmose units; Certara acquires Synchrogenix; KPS picks up Anchor Glass

The Weekly Wrap: Dell, Sentinel Capital, Walt Disney


Dell picks up StatSoft; Sentinel Captal buys Newks; Walt Disney acquires Maker Studios

The Weekly Wrap: KRG Capital, Thoma Bravo, Vestar


KRG Capital acquires ICCNexergy; Thoma Bravo buys TravelClick; Vestar Capital adds Institutional Shareholder Services

The Weekly Wrap: Carlyle, HGGC, Lockheed Martin


Carlyle adds Eci Software; HGGC acquires Serena; Lockheed Martin buys Industrial Defender

Lockheed Martin Buys Industrial Defender


The deal should expand the buyer's commercial cyber security business

Trive Capital Combines Metal Companies into Valence Surface


Valence will provide metal processing services to the aerospace and defense industries

The Weekly Wrap: KRG, Mid-Con, Spotify


KRG-backed Trafficware bought PSI; Mid-Con acquired oil and gas assets; Spotify added Echo Nest

Weekly Wrap: Broadridge, Dolby, IBM


Broadridge picks up Emerald Connect, Dolby adds Doremi Labs, IBM grabs Cloudant

Weekly Wrap
Facebook, Riverside, Signet


Facebook picks up WhatsApp; Riverside acquires Pence & Associates; Signet Jewelers buys Zale

Lariat, Microchip Technology, Yellow Wood


Lariat Partners adds Montana Seed; Microchip Technology buys Supertex; Yellow Wood picks up Dr Teal's

Allegheny Tech Picks Up Dynamic Flowform


The target produces specialty components for the aerospace, defense, oil and gas and chemical industries

McGraw-Hill, Riverside, Thoma Bravo


McGraw-Hill Education acquired Engrade; Riverside grabs Be Green Packaging; Thoma Bravo picks up Global Health Care Exchange

Enlightenment Capital Closes First Fund with $80M


The firm invests in middle market aerospace, defense and government companies

Azalea, Fluidigm, USI


Azalea adds Turbine Generator; Fluidigm picks up DVS Sciences; USI Insurance grabs Travers O’Keefe

Integration Issues: Airline Merger Affects Relations with Credit Card Cos.


Citi remains exclusive AAdvantage issuer, but Barclays stays on board

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