Due Diligence

Cybersecurity Must Be Part of the M&A Process, says Eric Feldman, CIO of the Riverside Co.
The Yahoo data breach, coming in the midst of Verizon’s acquiring the struggling Internet company, provides a moment of reflection on cybersecurity


The Weekly Wrap: Bravo Sports, Pritzker Brothers, US Foods
Bravo Sports buys Nutcase; Pritzker Brothers acquire ProAmpac; US Foods purchases Save on Seafood

Private Equity

PE Firms Fundraising: Apollo Accord, Welkin Captial and Others
Summit Investors is also raising a fund

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ESOP, Recapitalization

Agriculture, Natural Resources

New York, Hong Kong

Northeast US, Asia/Pacific

United States, Canada


Influential Women

Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 25 leading female transaction professionals, including Jeri Harman, founder of Avante Mezzanine Partners

Mid-Market Awards

Mergers & Acquisitions Names Winners of the 9th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards

Consumer Goods/Retail

Acco Buys Esselte to Expand Mead and Five Star Brands in Europe

The deal provides an exit for J.W. Childs, which recently backed Cycle Gear

Newell's Sale of Irwin Tools is Just the First Step in Divestiture of Business Lines

The divestitures come amid a strategic review of business conducted since the merger of Newell Rubbermaid and Yankee Candle owner Jarden

Estée Lauder Buys Becca to Expand Online and in Asia and Middle East

L’Oreal and Revlon have also bought related companies

Bravo Sports Buys Helmet Maker Nutcase to Expand Lifestyle Business

Other deals involving sports safety equipment include the purchases of Cycle Gear, Poc Sweden and Simpson Performance

US Foods Acquires Save on Seafood, as Buying Spree Continues After Sysco Merger Collapses

The buyer previously made deals for Cara Donna, Food Genius and Freshway Foods

Wellspring Buys Tableware Maker Hoffmaster, Provides Exit for Metalmark

GP, Pacific Market and Taylor Precision have also made houseware deals

Supervalu Sells Save-A-Lot Chain to Onex, as the Grocery Sector Consolidates

Other related purchases have come from Apollo, Haggen and Kroger

Kellogg Buys Brazilian Food Company Parati to Continue Expanding in Emerging Markets

The maker of Froot Loops and Special K previously invested in Multipro

Stanley Black & Decker Harvests Newell’s Irwin Tools in Strategic Pruning Process

Many consumer companies, including ConAgra, Church & Dwight and P&G , are buying and selling product lines to focus on fast-growing brands

Finding a Home for Newell Brands' Castoffs

The owner of Sharpie markers and Rubbermaid storage containers is looking to sell divisions that house the Irwin tools and K2 snowboard brands

Bass Pro Buys Cabela’s, After Elliott Associates Pushes Target to Sell

Capital One also reached a deal to purchase Cabela’s credit card portfolio

Why Private Equity Firms and Strategic Buyers Love Pets

Tractor Supply's purchase of Petsense and Smucker's acquisition of Gravy Train maker Big Heart Pet Brands from Vestar Capital leverage recurring revenue opportunities, from catnip to puppy pads

PE Firm SFW Backs Analytics Manager, as Retailers Turn to Data for Help

Other related acquisitions have come from Blackstone, HGGC and StellaService

Roark Capital’s Stake in Jimmy John’s Reinvigorates PE Interest in Restaurant M&A, Says Duff & Phelps' Josh Benn

Capital-efficient franchise business models, including CiCi’s Pizza, Wetzel’s Pretzels, and PepperJax Grill, have added to the positive sentiment

Retail Data Providers Merge, as E-Commerce Continues to Shake Up the Retail Industry

As retailers, such as American Apparel, struggle, the companies that provide data about them consolidate

B&G Deploys Cash Raised in Public Offering to Soak up Seasonings from ACH

The purchase follows other food acquisitions by B&G including Mama Mary’s, Rickland Orchards and Green Giant

TPG, CPPIB Back Viking Cruises to Accelerate Growth in China

Some of TPG’s previous investments include CAA, Cirque du Soleil, Airbnb, and Uber

Roark Capital Grabs Majority Interest in Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Minority Owner Exits

The target joins Roark’s restaurant portfolio that includes Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel and Cinnabon

PE Newcomer CenterOak Picks Up Second Investment Following Initial Fund Close

CenterOak's stake in pretzel stand operator Wetzel’s comes as buyers seek chains with national growth potential

Estée Lauder, L’Oreal and Revlon Persue Growing Consumer Markets in Asia

Recent acquisitions of beauty product distributors include Elizabeth Arden, Have & Be and IT Cosmetics

Charlesbank Backs Promotional Gifts Supplier Polyconcept, Plans International Growth

In another related deal, Audax bought Halo Branded Solutions

Blackstone, New Mountain Capital Invest in JDA Software to Accelerate Cloud Offerings

NMC, which has been JDA’s majority shareholder since the merger with RedPrairie in 2012, retains majority stake

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