Private Equity Firms Double Down on Technology Deals
Tech-focused firms, like Thoma Bravo, HGGC and ParkerGale, are raising funds, and generalists like the Riverside Co. are boosting investment in the sector


Renesas, Samsung, Verizon chase auto tech makers
Intersil, Fleetmatics and Harman are some recent targets in the sector


Huron Closes New Fund in 3 Months, Riding PE Fundraising Wave
The Detroit PE firm focuses on lower middle-market companies, like colorful sock maker Sabg

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Influential Women

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Mid-Market Awards

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Consumer Goods/Retail

Burger King buys Popeyes to expand customer base

Burger King has been looking for acquisitions since it merged with Tim Hortons three years ago

Warren Buffett takes his own advice in walking away from Unilever bid

Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital own half of Kraft Heinz, which “amicably” withdrew the offer for the maker of Lipton teas, Knorr soup and Axe deodorant

Kraft Heinz spurned in Unilever takeover bid

Kraft Heinz was formed through a combination of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and investment firm 3G Capital, which had teamed up two years earlier to buyout of H.J. Heinz

Audax-backed schwag distributor Halo buys corporate rewards program developer MCF

Accent Food, Laborie Medical and RelaDyne were recently acquired by the Boston PE firm

Lysol Maker Reckitt Benckiser Buys Enfamil Owner Mead Johnson to Expand in Baby Food

Nestle purchased Pfizer’s baby-formula unit in 2012, and Danone acquired baby-food maker Numico in 2007

Priceline buys Cheapflights to bolster Kayak brand, showing confidence in travel sector

Expedia, KKR, KSL, TA Associates, Sabre and Wasserstein have invested in mid-market travel deals

Steve Madden Buys Women’s Footwear Maker Schwartz & Benjamin; Shoe Deals Gain Traction

Berkshire, CCMP, Coach, DSW, Lynx Equity and New Balance have all made purchases involving the footwear industry

Textron Buys Snowmobile Maker Arctic Cat, as Cessna Jet Sales Slow

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Falconhead, Johnson Outdoors, Norwest and Peak Rock all made outdoor-related deals

Bob Evans Sells Restaurant Business, as PE Firms Show Interest in Chains with Growth Potential

The buyer, Golden Gate, has previously backed California Pizza Kitchen and Red Lobster

Acon-Backed Funko Expands International Presence with Underground Toys Purchase

Both the target and the buyer license products under the Star Wars brand

Silgan Buys WestRock’s Closure Business to Grow Spray Packaging

Berry Plastics, CVC Capital, Novolex, Packaging Corp and Platinum Equity recently engaged in packaging deals

Bain Capital Backs Retail Marketer Daymon Worldwide, Plans to Grow Business in Asia

Estée Lauder, L’Oreal and Revlon have been making deals to expand in the region

Falconhead Capital Teams with M3 to Buy Kwik Tek, Maker of Airhead Wakeboards

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Johnson Outdoors, Norwest and Peak Rock all made outdoor-related deals

Retailers Snatch Up E-Commerce Sites that Deliver Customized Services

Blue Nile, Leslie’s and PersonalizationMall.com have drawn new buyers

L Catterton Backs Pool Products Supplier Leslie’s, Following Fund Close

AEA and Centerbridge also invested in similar companies

Newell Sells Rubbermaid Storage Business, Makes Progress with Portfolio Restructuring

The company has put the Pine Mountain and Diamond brands up for sale; has a deal in place to sell Irwin Tools to Stanley Black & Decker

Gen Cap Closes Seventh PE Fund to Back Companies in the Lower Middle Market

Airsoft gun and outdoor equipment maker Pyramid is the first middle-market business to receive investments from the fund

American Apparel Bankruptcy Deal Leaves Retail Future in Doubt

The clothing company filed for bankruptcy twice in nearly a year; ousted founder Dov Charney failed to regain control of the brand

Mars Expands in Pet Care with Purchase of VCA

J.M. Smucker, Tractor Supply and Worldwise deals underscore why private equity firms and strategic buyers love the pet industry

McDonald’s Sells Control of China Business to Citic and Carlyle

Fast-casual chains Krispy Kreme, Pink Taco and Wendy's all made deals recently

Carlyle’s Deal for Analytics Provider Claritas Shows Demand for Consumer Data

Blackstone, HGGC and Summit Partners have among the other acquirers in the space

Sears Sells Craftsman, as CEO Edward Lampert Seeks Cash

The buyer, Stanley Black & Decker, is also purchasing Irwin tools from Newell

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