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Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods
Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Financial Services

Banner Year for Private Equity Fundraising Bodes Well for M&A in 2017
The amount raised in 2016 was on par with 2014, the best year for PE fundraising since the financial crisis, finds Preqin; a record number of new PE funds is being marketed to investors at the start of 2017


Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs
John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

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Influential Women

The second edition of Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 35 leading female transaction professionals, including Kristina Heinze, co-founder of ParkerGale

Mid-Market Awards

Who should win Mergers & Acquisitions’ 10th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards for 2016?

Business Services

Prudential Capital Raises 5th Fund, Underscoring Strength in Mezzanine Financing

Mezzanine debt funds ruled in 2016 with capital raises from Audax and Carlyle

CCP Closes 4th Fund in Wave of Private Equity Fundraising

Carlyle, Carousel, CRG, Jaguar Growth and Kainos have all raised private equity funds

Dun & Bradstreet Purchases Avention, Strengthens Presence in Sales Data

Salesforce previously bought Demandware; Blackstone, Carlyle and Deluxe also made deals in the space

Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs

John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

Luminate Invests in Alcohol Payment Company for Data Heft

The PE firm's investment will help build out Fintech's data products and distribution efforts to the spirits industry

Carousel Closes Fifth Buyout Fund, Following Banner Year for PE Firms’ Raising Efforts

Express Oil Change & Service Center, a car-care facility, received investments from the firm’s previous buyout fund

GTCR Creates New Trading Technology Provider

Dash Financial and LiquidPoint are merging to form Dash Financial Technologies

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

Praxair and Germany’s Linde Plan Merger, Forging World’s Largest Industrial Gas Supplier

The merger comes amid industry consolidation after France’s Air Liquide completed the acquisition of Airgas in May

HGGC Closes Third Fund Speedily, as Buyers Seek New Technology for Old Markets

“Technology is invading every end market, and it is driving companies to be more competitive with than thier peers,” says HGGC CEO Rich Lawson

Nascent Buys Transportation Management Tech Smart Track, as Logistics M&A Remains Hefty

American Freight, Atlas Air, C.H. Robinson, Graycliff, NFI and Lineage all purchased logistics businesses

DTS Purchases Smart Phone Radio App Developer All In Media, as Consumers Go Digital

AT&T, Qualcomm and Twitter recently engaged in deals for mobile technology businesses

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

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