Middle-Market M&A Bounced Back in October
Sensata’s $1B purchase of Schrader International, which makes tire-pressure monitors, from Madison Dearborn was the biggest middle-market deal to close in October

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Golub Grows Tech Lending Unit
A burst of growth from technology companies is behind the decision to expand the late-stage-lending unit, says Golub’s Andy Steuerman


GPs Co-Invest with Limited Partners
Financial sponsors call on limited partners to help round out equity commitments, says Christina Carroll of Stout Risius Ross

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Running Specialty Dashes Away with Run Colorado

The deal brings the buyer to 66 specialty shops, as consumer interest in health and fitness escalates

As E-Commerce Disrupts Retail, Savvy Investors See Opportunities

"E-commerce has been growing at double digits, so if you think about that, you always want to invest in businesses when the wind is at your back," says Sterling Partner senior managing director Rick Elfman in this video shot at the 2014 Midwest ACG Capital Connection. Sterling took e-commerce company Innotrac private in a $109 million transaction. For more, see the cover story Retail Reboot: Investors Snatch Up E-Commerce Services.

FFL Invests in Eyemart Express

The deal follows the PE firm's investment in consumer lender Snap Financial

Palladium Tries On Daniel's Jewelers

The PE firm, which closed a $1.1B fund in April, picks up a majority stake in the jewelry chain

Silver Oak Invests in Gym Chain Vasa Fitness

The deal follows the acquisition of 24 Hour Fitness in June

Speed Commerce Pays $55M to Add More E-Commerce Capabilities

Recent e-commerce investments include Sterling Partners' deal for Innotrac and Siris Capital's purchase of Digital River

Retail Reboot: Investors Snatch Up E-Commerce Services

Sterling Partners is just one of several PE firms capitalizing on the rise of e-commerce, picking up Innotrac, which provides services to J. Crew, Zara and other retailers

Retailers Reconsider Real Estate

The rise of e-commerce drives some retailers, such as Coldwater Creek, to file for bankruptcy to break leases

Bregal Partners Forms Archery Company, Makes Acquisition

The company, Arcus Hunting, acquired scent-control brand Dead Down Wind

Shutterfly Snags GrooveBook After Cameo on “Shark Tank”

The deal follows Shutterfly's acquisitions of MyPublisher and ThisLife

Riverside Invests in 3D Printing Group Fisher/Unitech

The move follows a 3D printing software acquisition by MakerBot

Romulus Stacks Portfolio with 16 IHOPs

The deal is the latest food franchise transaction, following Chuck E. Cheese's recent merger with Peter Piper Pizza and NPC's purchase of 56 Wendy's locations

PE-Backed Schutt Sports Grabs Rest of Adams USA

Schutt bought Adams' football helmet business in 2011

Bicycle Group Kent Buys Stoneridge Cycle

The buyer sells bikes and accessories under the Kent, BCA, Goodyear, Razor and X-Games brands

Estée Lauder Grabs Luxury Perfume Group Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle

The buyer also owns beauty brands Clinque, MAC, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox

Altamont Capital Invests in Skate Brand Huf

The brand was started by professional skateboarder Keith Hufnagel

Regal Entertainment Shares Jump as Cinema Chain Considers Sale

A sale would mark the biggest deal yet in an industry that’s been consolidating for years

Centre Partners Invests in Stonewall Kitchen

The move follows food deals by Atlantic Natural and TPG Growth

Gryphon Buys Summer's Eve Owner in Latest OTC Deal

The transaction follows Prestige Brands' acquisition of Monistat owner Insight Pharmaceuticals in September

PE Was Never the Right Suitor for Cosmetics Company Essie, Founder Essie Weingarten Says

Essie Weingarten, founder of the nail polish line, and former CEO Max Sortino, spoke about building the company before its sale to L'Oreal at ACG New York's Consumer Brands Conference

6 Companies For Sale

See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Vitamin Shoppe and Full House Resorts

Sentinel Capital Acquires Hollander Sleep Products

The deal marks an exit for HGGC, its first in the consumer sector

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