Pickup in M&A Predicted by Dealmakers, Following Republican Sweep
Audax Group's Geoffrey Rehnert and Avante's Jeri Harman were among the dealmakers we interviewed at the 2016 ACG LA Business Conference


Index of M&A Activity: October Composite at 55.4
Leads for new deals hit a 2016 high, indicating that potential M&A pipelines are full and hurdles from a slow first half have been cleared

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ParkerGale Closes $240M Debut Fund, Building Portfolio of Lower Middle-Market Tech Companies
The Software-as-a-Service model, with recurring revenues, is attractive to private equity, says ParkerGale co-founder Kristina Heinze, who spoke at Mergers & Acquisitions’ MM360 conference

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7 Sectors to Watch in 2017

Aircraft parts, packaging for consumer goods, construction materials and cybersecurity are some of the industries expected to see strong M&A activity

Backcast Partners Restructures to Open Lending and Mid-Market Advisory Business

RLJ Cos. and Roth Capital Partners recently teamed to launch investment bank RLJ Capital Markets

Solace Capital Seals Debut Special Situations Fund, as New PE Players Emerge

ParkerGale Capital recently closed its inaugural fund

Carlyle Closes Fourth CLO, as Debt Funds Rise in Popularity

The PE firm recently raised an energy-focused credit fund along with CLOs in 2015 and 2014

Accenture Acquires Karmarama to Expand Digital Marketing Services

Perficient, Trans Word and Web.com also purchased digital ad agencies

McCormick Buys Italian Flavor Maker Giotti to Expand in Europe

Dealmakers of food ingredient businesses include ConAgra, Highlander and Vantage Specialty

Hot Properties: Digital Marketing Agencies

Criteo, Trans World and WPP have been among the buyers

Oracle Buys Internet Tech Provider Dyn to Grow Cloud Computing Service

Dyn was recently the subject of a major cyberattack that affected websites including Amazon, Netflix and Twitter

Gryphon Closes Fourth Fund to Back Consumer Goods, Healthcare and Business Services

The fund has already invested in fire safety consulting firm Jensen Hughes

Advent International Takes Majority Stake in Direct Marketer Ansira

Marketing firms that provide tech-enabled services, such as Enlighten, Etailz and HookLogic, have become attractive targets

The Inkwell Group Hopes to Foster a “New and Inclusive Era of Private Equity Investing”

The PE firm, founded by Chijioke Asomugha and Marques Martin, launches with vision to build value through creation of diverse leadership teams

Vantiv Buys the U.S. Business of Canadian Payment Processor Moneris

Dover, Heartland and Wex all made related deals

LifeLock Bids Due Soon, Said to be in Talks with TPG, Others

The identity-theft protection provider has reportedly hired Goldman Sachs to manage the sales process, as cybersecurity firms draw buyers

Photoshop Maker Adobe Buys Digital Advertising Network TubeMogul

HGGC, Kohlberg and Web.com have made related deals in digital marketing

Goldman Sachs Names 84 New Partners, Most Since 2010 Class

Twenty-three percent of those named are women, the most ever. Among them is Kathryn Koch, global head of client portfolio management for the asset management group’s equities business

GTCR Buys Billing Tech Provider RevSpring with Plans for More Add-Ons

The PE firm recently made deals for Camp Systems, Inteliquent, Lytx, and Optimal Blue

AlixPartners Restructures as Founder Jay Alix and Investors Buy Majority Stake from CVC

Aon, Nationwide and RLJ all launched deals for investment advisory companies

Independent Sponsors Give Traditional PE Firms a Run for the Money

Fundless sponsors, including Akoya Capital, Consumer Growth Partners, Rotunda Capital and the Stratford-Cambridge Group, invest deal by deal

Audax Buys Telecom Data Provider Mobileum, Amid Dealmakers Interest in Analytics

Blackstone, HGGC, SFW and StellaService all invested in the sector

Gridiron Closes Third PE Fund, Twice the Size of Previous Fund

Counsel On Call, Dent Wizard and Engage 2 Excel are portfolio companies of the firm

Kohlberg Buys Majority Stake in Hollywood Research Analytics Firm MarketCast from RLJ and SSGA

MarketCast’s services include materials testing (trailers, TV spots, print ads), exit polls and focus groups

Cybersecurity Firms Draw Buyers, as Hackers Invade Agencies, Campaigns and Companies

Most M&A professionals are increasing scrutiny of the cybersecurity practices of potential targets, finds a recent survey by law firm Morrison & Foerster

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