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Wrap Up

First Half of 2014 Best for M&A in 3 Years
Positive predictions for 2014 are coming true, with the first six months of the year generating more deals than the same periods in 2012 and 2013

People Moves of the Week

BTIG, D.A. Davidson, KeyBanc
BTIG taps two former Lazard execs; D.A. Davidson launches real estate team; KeyBanc drafts Anne-Marie Peterson to the firm's leveraged finance team

REAL ESTATE

BET Founder Continues Picking Up Hotels
RLJ Lodging, founded by Robert L. Johnson, recently paid about $50M for an Atlanta Hyatt

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News

GE Reportedly in Talks With Suitors to Sell Iconic Appliances Business


CEO Jeffrey Immelt tried to sell the unit early in 2008 but couldn't find a buyer before the financial crisis

Turnaround Tuesday: Kardashian Beauty Brand Developer May Need to Restructure, Sell Assets


BoldFace, which licenses the likenesses of TV stars, including Kanye West's recent bride Kim Kardashian, says there is substantial doubt about continuing without liquidation

Reynolds Acquiring Lorillard for $25B to Reshape Industry


BAT’s U.K. rival Imperial Tobacco Group will acquire brands such as Kool and Blu e-cigarettes, potentially assuaging antitrust concerns

Lindt Buys Russell Stover to Move Up U.S. Chocolate Rankings


Lindt says it learned a lot from buying Ghirardelli Chocolate in 1998

CNBC Host Marcus Lemonis and Dippin' Dots Owner Aim to Save Bankrupt Crumbs


The cupcake chain closed all stores on July 7

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Articles

Deal Pros Stock Up On Food


Dealmakers expect to see continued M&A activity in the grocery and food subsectors

Top Mid-Market Deals Completed in 2013 by Industry


In transactions worth $1 billion or less, the most active sub-sectors in 2013 were real estate; business services; oil and gas; prepackaged software; and hotels and casinos

Diversis Aims to Grow Martin Archery


The new PE firm hopes "to bring the once-thriving business back to prominence"

Q3: Middle-Market M&A Turns Down a Notch


While a global tally shows a slight uptick, U.S. deals below $1 billion still lag

The Secret to Success in Retail


PE firms can maximize returns by focusing on the customer experience of retail chains, says CBX's Todd Maute (pictured)

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