People Moves

Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods
Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Financial Services

Banner Year for Private Equity Fundraising Bodes Well for M&A in 2017
The amount raised in 2016 was on par with 2014, the best year for PE fundraising since the financial crisis, finds Preqin; a record number of new PE funds is being marketed to investors at the start of 2017


Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs
John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

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Fund of Funds, Lender

ESOP, Recapitalization

Agriculture, Natural Resources

New York, Hong Kong

Northeast US, Asia/Pacific

United States, Canada


Influential Women

The second edition of Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 35 leading female transaction professionals, including Kristina Heinze, co-founder of ParkerGale

Mid-Market Awards

Who should win Mergers & Acquisitions’ 10th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards for 2016?

Consumer Goods/Retail

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

CD&R-Backed High Ridge Adds Reach Toothbrush Owner Dr. Fresh

The PE firm also backed Drive Devilbiss and Kalle

AEA-Backed ThreeSixty Purchases Sharper Image, Following FAO Schwarz Deal

The PE firm also has a deal in place for glass bottle packager Tricorbraun

7 Sectors to Watch in 2017

Aircraft parts, packaging for consumer goods, construction materials and cybersecurity are some of the industries expected to see strong M&A activity

E-Commerce Analytics to the Rescue for Retailers, Under More Pressure in Holiday Season

Coveted targets include JDA Software, Mi9 Retail and ShopperTrak, as strategic buyers, such as Wal-Mart, and private equity firms, like Blackstone, compete head to head

Vistaprint Owner Cimpress Buys Pencil Maker National Pen to Scale Production

E-commerce distribution channels, similar to Cimpress-owned Vistaprint and Pixartprinting, have been driving deals in 2016

Littlejohn Acquires Brown Jordan, Maker of Luxury Patio Furniture

The target provides indoor/outdoor furniture primarily to resorts and other hospitality businesses under the Brown Jordan, Charter, Texacraft, and Tropitone brands

HGGC Closes Third Fund Speedily, as Buyers Seek New Technology for Old Markets

“Technology is invading every end market, and it is driving companies to be more competitive with than thier peers,” says HGGC CEO Rich Lawson

Bain Capital Purchases Memory Foam Maker Innocor from Sun Capital

Hooker Furniture, Mattress Firm and Z Capital made recent deals for home goods businesses

Lori Haram

Sphere of Influence: Implements M&A strategy, which consists of growing by at least one percent annually through acquisitions

Janki Gandhi

Sphere of Influence: Manages client relationships and leads deal teams in the investment bank’s consumer group

Molly Ashby

Sphere of Influence: Bets big on companies cherished by and often run by women, including maraconi and cheese maker Annie’s Inc.

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