Tax Inversion Rules May Hamper Cross-Border M&A in the Middle Market
Fallout from the new rules won’t be limited to mega deals like Pfizer’s scuttled purchase of Botox maker Allergan


The Weekly Wrap: Liberty Hall, Teasdale, Thoma Bravo
Liberty Hall acquires J&M Machine; Snow Phipps-backed Teasdale adds Mesa Foods; Thoma Bravo buys Bomgar


PE Firms Fundraising: Brookfield Infrastructure, Kainos and Others
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Germany’s Henkel Agrees to Buy Snuggle-Fabric Softener Maker Sun Products to Compete with P&G in U.S.

Henkel missed an opportunity to expand shampoo and hair dye offerings in the U.S. when P&G opted to sell Wella and Cover Girl to Coty, which makes Calvin Klein and Adidas fragrances

Pruning Process: 7 Consumer Goods Producers Buy & Sell to Grow

Procter & Gamble sold Duracell and is divesting 40-plus beauty brands; Clorox sold car cleaners and bought Renew Life probiotics; General Mills sold Green Giant and bought Epic Provisions

Geneva Glen Buys Dianne’s Fine Desserts, a Former Heinz Carve-Out

Acquisition from Superior Capital follows recent deals by Snow Phipps, Platinum Equity and Dean Foods

Snow Phipps-Backed Teasdale Stays Active, Adds Tortilla Maker Mesa Foods

Teasdale previously purchased Bruce Foods’ Mexican brands, Casa Fiesta and Jardine’s Foods

Revlon Seeks to Revive Cosmetics Clout with Elizabeth Arden Deal

Catterton took Steiner Leisure private; Coty is buying more than 40 beauty brands from P&G and also purchased Hyperamarcas’ personal care business

Church & Dwight Joins Growing List of Consumer Giants That Are Reshaping Through M&A

Church & Dwight sells cleaning brands to Brillo owner Armaly; ConAgra, Procter & Gamble, Newell and others are also buying and selling

Invus Group’s Investment in Ashley Stewart is Latest Sign of the Retailer’s Turnaround

After filing for bankruptcy twice, the plus-size retailer made a comeback, prompting Invus (backer of Bluemercury and Weight Watchers) to buy a controlling stake from Clearlake and FirePine

Bluestar Alliance Invests in Bebe, Forms JV

Retailers including Sears are selling assets, while others, such as American Apparel, filed for bankruptcy

ConAgra Sells Food Ingredient Distributor JM Swank, Trims Slow-Growing Lines

ConAgra recently agreed to sell Spicetec, is in the process of spinning off Lamb Weston and sold the private label division

Cott Expands Beyond Private-Label Beverages to Add Coffee Machine Maker

Cott bought DS Services in 2014 as part of the company’s growth strategy

Coty Deems Cutex Nail Polish Remover Non-Core, Sells Remaining Rights to Revlon

Many consumer products companies, including Newell Brands and Procter & Gamble, are fine-tuning their product mixes through M&A

Lynx Equity Expands Wholesale Business, Acquires North American Shoe

Deal adds to portfolio of Baker Shoe, Fine Line Imports, Sienna Sky and JewelPop

Johnson & Johnson to Buy Vogue Hair Care

The target is known for the OGX shampoos, Proganix and Maui Moisture brands

PE-Backed Wendy’s Japan Acquires Rival Fast-Food Chain

The purchase of First Kitchen follows deals for Barteca, Krispy Kreme and Pink Taco

Staples CEO Ron Sargent to Step Down Following Failed Office Depot Merger

Staples’ plan moving forward includes wining mid-market business customers, alternatives for European ops and cost cutting

ConAgra Divests Spicetec, as Consumer Products Giants Clean House

To focus on fast-growing Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National, Hunt's and Slim Jim, ConAgra is selling Lamb Weston and other slower-growing brands

Sears to Explore Options for Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard

The unprofitable retailer, which recently paid down debt with a new loan, may again be turning to asset sales to generate cash amid continued losses

MidOcean Adds Luggage Supplier in Time for Summer Travel

The purchase of Travelpro follows Samsonite’s agreement to buy Tumi

PE-Backed US Foods Intensifies Acquisition Spree in Wake of Sysco Deal Failure

Since the Sysco merger fell through, the KKR and CD&R-backed buyer bought Cara Donna, Dierks Waukesha and Food Genius

Genstar Backs Real Estate Software Provider Accruent

Retailers such as Abercrombie, American Apparel and Sears have been facing challenges with their real estate holdings

Hormel Grows Grocery Segment with Organic Nut Butter Maker

The addition of Justin’s continues Hormel’s strategy to expand outside of meats, including its purchases of CytoSport and Skippy

CD&R Picks Up Zest and Other Brands from Brynwood

High Ridge Brands distributes popular personal care products, such as Zest, Alberto VO5, White Rain, Coast, and Rave

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