Has Mid-Market M&A Come to a Dead Stop, or is This a Momentary Pause?
Dealmaking in Q4 2015 dropped 26 percent from Q4 2014, and January 2016 was downright sluggish. How long will the lull last?

Turnaround Talk

Men's Wearhouse Devises Tailored Brands Holding Company to Protect Assets in Potential Bankruptcy
The retailer has suffered financially since its 2014 acquisition of Jos. A. Bank


Valuations Soared in 2015, Making it Tough for PE Firms to Compete with Strategic Buyers
Prices paid for lower middle-market targets averaged 9.1 times Ebitda, up from 7.8 in 2014, says GF Data’s Graeme Frazier

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Mid-Market Awards

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3 Companies For Sale

Management consulting firm AssetMark and storage device maker Barracuda Networks are reported to be seeking buyers

4 Companies For Sale

eMarketer and MannKind are rumored to be seeking buyers

Sentinel Capital Stays Active with Acquisition of Home Show Operator Marketplace Events

The PE Firm has recently invested in Corporate Visions, Driven Performance and Fazoli’s

TierPoint Adds Cosentry to its Stash of Data Center Acquisitions

TA Associates will become part of the buyer's investor group

Riverside Racks Up Another January Deal with Add-On for Digital Marketer Spectrio

The portfolio company previously bought Message On Hold Plus

Atlas Flies with Southern Air Deal

The target owns Florida West International Airways, Worldwide Air Logistics and has an agreement with DHL Express

Wafra Adds Medical Equipment Repair Service, Citing Fragmented Sector

The investment in Intermed follows deals for Heritage Food Service and Stork Holding

Silver Oak Bets on Evergreen Sector with Commercial Cleaning Systems

The acquisition follows deals for Stork Holding and Valet Waste

E-Commerce Delivers Logistics Deals

To keep demanding customers happy, XPO Logistics and others are making acquisitions to build services

CVC Invests in Fraud Detector Kount, as Cybersecurity Attract Buyers

The deal follows the acquisitions of L-3, Novetta and Trustev

Turnaround Tuesday: Essex Rental to Delist from Nasdaq, Contemplates Sale

The crane equipment rental business came to a forbearance agreement with lenders that requires it to explore strategic alternatives

GTCR-Backed Cision Continues to Grow With News Distributor PR Newswire Deal

Cision, a PR software maker, recently bought Gorkana and merged with Vocus

Thompson Street Closes Mid-Market Fund

The PE firm, which focuses on founder-led businesses, is invested in Logan’s Linens and Stone Panel

Apollo Grows Education Portfolio with Career Partner

The University of Phoenix owner recently purchased Sociedade Técnica Educacional da Lapa SA

D Cubed Forms New Platform with Two Deals

The PE firm is adding Dover’s walk-in freezer business and Manitowoc’s Kysor Panel systems

Fluor Looks Overseas for Growth, Buys Stork from Arle Capital

The PE firm recently sold Stork subsidiary Fokker Technologies

On the Heels of Buying Market Street, Perficient Adds Enlighten

The buyer, led by Jeffrey Davis, adds a client roster that includes Johnson & Johnson and Jergens

Pamplona-Backed Charter Nex Buys Optimum Plastics from Huron

The purchase follows a slew of packaging deals, including Centor US, Hillside Plastics and Liqui-Box

Abry Purchases Silver Oak’s Direct Travel, Amid Healthy Appetite for Travel Deals

The target recently purchased Creative Group and Hobson Travel

People Moves of the Week: On Location Experiences, BDA Partners, EisnerAmper

On Location Experiences names John Collins CEO; BDA Partners opens new office; EisnerAmper combines with Mallah Furman

GTCR Procures Park Place as PE Enthusiasm for Tech M&A Percolates

The deal follows the recent purchases of Aircraft Technical Publishers and Mi9 Retail

People Moves of the Week: Cascadia, Haskell, High Road

Cascadia names Ann Watson COO; Haskell adds audit manager; High Road hires partner

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