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Thoma Bravo Snagged TravelClick to Win DEAL OF THE YEAR
The PE firm’s purchase blended two game-changing trends: cloud computing and travel services

Mid-Market Awards

GE Capital Grew Middle-Market Business to Take LENDER OF THE YEAR
The lending unit of General Electric added a new unit and increased the number of loans for PE platform acquisitions

Mid-Market Awards

Piper Jaffray More Than Doubled Dealflow to Gain INVESTMENT BANK OF THE YEAR
Purchasing Edgeview and Partnership Capital helped propel growth

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Consumer Goods/Retail

Turnaround Tuesday: No Soup for You? Soupman Struggles Due to Working Capital Deficiency

The business depicted on Jerry Seinfeld's long-running NBC sitcom, which featured a character known as the Soup Nazi, has raised concerns about its ability to survive

In Lifestyle-Brand Push, Saban Brands Paddles Off with Piping Hot

The buyer owns pajama line Paul Frank, former Blink-182 musician Tom DeLonge's footwear business Macbeth, and surf and skate group Mambo

Interparfums Spends $108M for Rochas, Experiments with Fashion

The $108M acquisition of the brand from P&G adds fashion to the buyer's perfume business

Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee Gobbles Up Catalina Restaurants

The latest deal from Food Management Partners follows restaurant acquisitions from Redrock Partners and Romulus

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Gunmaker Colt Defense Hires Restructuring Adviser

The company says it doesn't know if it can make a $10.9M interest payment that is due in May

Versa Capital Tops B. Riley in Wet Seal Bankruptcy Auction

PE firm Versa has also invested in Sport Chalet, Avenue, Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob's Stores

Redrock Buys Struggling Romano's Macaroni Grill for $8M

The seller, Ignite Restaurant, says the restaurant business hadn't delivered on milestones since it was acquired in 2013

Simon Offers to Buy Macerich in Deal Valued at $22.4B

Smion failed in an effort to take over General Growth after the second-largest mall owner filed for bankruptcy in 2009

Baird Capital Invests in Another Chinese Used-Car Business

The firm invested previously in in China’s Car King, a used-vehicle seller modeled after CarMax in the U.S.

Turnaround Tuesday: Another Troubled Retailer, Joe's Jeans, Negotiates with Lenders

The company's CEO resigned in January and it has yet to integrate a company, Hudson Jeans, which it bought in 2013

Running Specialty Buys Another Retailer

The Finish Line division acquired Striders and Run Colorado previously

Adding to Lifestyle-Brand M&A, Bruckmann Rosser Acquires Simpson Race Products

Carousel Capital invested in Simpson in 1998

Scrutiny of Nutritional Supplements May Scare Off Dealmakers

As GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart pull Echinacea, Ginseng and St. John's Wort off their shelves following tests showing many ingredients didn't match product labels, dealmakers may shy away from the sector

Rite Aid Buys TPG’s EnvisionRx for $2B to Take on CVS

Rite Aid is shifting toward offering services that help insurers and large employers provide drug coverage

Accessories Companies Jacob Ash and Emanuel Geraldo Merge

The deal brings men's, women's and children's winter accessories under one company

Windex Owner SC Johnson Buys PE-Backed Deb Group

SC Johnson, which also owns Raid and Scrubbing Bubbles, says the deal expands its presence in the industrial and institutional markets

Grocer Haggen Adds 146 Stores, Expands on West Coast

The buyer is adding stores that the FTC is requiring Safeway and Albertsons divest as part of their merger agreement

RadioShack Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The consumer-electronics chain is selling 1,500 to 2,400 of its locations to a unit of Standard General, its biggest shareholder

Under Armour Buys Apps in Bid to Become Top Fitness Tracker

The apparel company ventures beyond clothes to technology, spending $560M for MyFitnessPal and Endomondo

Adobe Completed $800M Purchase of Photo Service Fotolia in Otherwise Slow January

Despite the lull, dealmakers remain bullish in forecasts for 2015

Smucker Agrees to Buy Big Heart Pet Brands for $3.2B

Whistle Labs and Riverside have also picked up pet businesses recently

Macy's to Buy Spa Chain Bluemercury for $210M

Macy's plans to expand the chain of luxury spas, enhance online and mobile selling

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