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Wrap Up

M&A Dips in August, but 2014 is Still Beating 2012 and 2013
Despite a summer slowdown, the first eight months of 2014 produced more completed deals than the same period in the previous two years

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

The Buyside

Tax-Inversion Deals Increase Despite Criticism
Canada's 26.5 percent corporate tax rate is luring Burger King to ditch Miami headquarters

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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

Arcadis Builds Up with PE-backed Architecture Firm Callison


The move follows design firm Foster + Partners' purchase of full company control from 3i

Joseph Meyer’s Observer Capital Buys SourceMedia from Investcorp


Observer Capital’s first acquisition includes business-to-business publications Mergers & Acquisitions, American Banker and the Bond Buyer

PR Firm Allison + Partners Acquires Frause


The move follows another public relations merger – in June PE Firm GTCR combined PR firms Vocus and Cision. Pictured: Bob Frause, Frause CEO

Investcorp Picks Up PE-Backed Printing Products Maker SPGPrints


The Bahrain PE firm has also recently aquired Isotoner, Paper Source and Tyrrells Potato Crisps

Thoma Bravo Acquires PE-Backed Sparta Systems


The move comes after the PE firm closed a $3.65B fund in May

Shutterfly Said to Hire Qatalyst to Seek Buyers for Site


Shutterfly has made several acquisitions in recent years, including MyPublisher, ThisLife and Penguin Digital

Ardian-Backed Trescal Makes 2 Calibration Acquisitions


The purchases come soon after Ardian closed a $10B fund of funds, and a $690M PE fund

Architecture Firm Foster + Partners Buys Back Stake from 3i


The firm, which designed Apple's U.S. headquarters and airports in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Panama, as well as Millennium Bridge in London, is transitioning to a partnership model

Diebold Acquires Cryptera to Enhance ATM Security


Cryptera supplies PIN pads for manufacturers of ATMs, petrol pumps, and self-service and self-checkout devices

Mophie Adds Web Design Studio Submodal


The buyer makes cases for mobile products that extend battery life

Georgia-Pacific Grabs PE-Backed SPG


The target has been backed by CIC Partners since 2011

Sell-Side Due Diligence Becomes More Important in Competitive M&A Landscape


Mindy Berman of Investor Group Services explains how due diligence has evolved

PE-Backed J.A.M. Distributing Buys Jones Oil, High-Tech Equipment


The buyer is backed by PE firm Ridgemont Equity Partners

Levine Leichtman Buys Smith System Driver Improvement


The driver training program was sold by Transportation Resource Partners, a PE fund affiliated with Penske

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