Pickup in M&A Predicted by Dealmakers, Following Republican Sweep
Audax Group's Geoffrey Rehnert and Avante's Jeri Harman were among the dealmakers we interviewed at the 2016 ACG LA Business Conference


Index of M&A Activity: October Composite at 55.4
Leads for new deals hit a 2016 high, indicating that potential M&A pipelines are full and hurdles from a slow first half have been cleared

Private Equity

ParkerGale Closes $240M Debut Fund, Building Portfolio of Lower Middle-Market Tech Companies
The Software-as-a-Service model, with recurring revenues, is attractive to private equity, says ParkerGale co-founder Kristina Heinze, who spoke at Mergers & Acquisitions’ MM360 conference

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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

Audax Buys Snack Machine Vendor Accent Food from Silver Oak

Dr Pepper Snapple, Platinum Equity and Snyder’s-Lance all invested in the food sector

AEA Wraps Up Glass Bottle Packager TricorBraun from CHS Capital

Recent buyers of glass manufacturers include CVC, LKQ, and Vitro

Retailers Need Analytics Now More Than Ever: M&A to the Rescue

Strategic buyers, like Wal-Mart, and private equity firms, like Blackstone, compete for coveted targets, including JDA Software, Mi9 Retail and ShopperTrak

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

Snyder's-Lance Sheds Diamond’s Culinary Nut Line to Focus on Snacks

Snyder’s is hanging onto Diamond’s Pop Secret popcorn brand; the move comes as consumer goods companies, including Newell and Prestige, sell off assets to hone in on fast-growing brands

Hot Properties: Digital Marketing Agencies

Criteo, Trans World and WPP have been among the buyers

Smithfield Buys Saag’s Specialty Meats and Farmer John to Diversify Consumer Base

The seller, Hormel Foods, recently bought Justin’s and Applegate Farms

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Absorbs Bai Brands to Grow "Healthy" Beverage Lines

Danone, General Atlantic, Milk Hain and Pinnacle recently purchased better-for-you brands

Oracle Buys Internet Tech Provider Dyn to Grow Cloud Computing Service

Dyn was recently the subject of a major cyberattack that affected websites including Amazon, Netflix and Twitter

Gryphon Closes Fourth Fund to Back Consumer Goods, Healthcare and Business Services

The fund has already invested in fire safety consulting firm Jensen Hughes

Advent International Takes Majority Stake in Direct Marketer Ansira

Marketing firms that provide tech-enabled services, such as Enlighten, Etailz and HookLogic, have become attractive targets

Charoen Pokphand Acquires Michelina’s Owner Bellisio to Enter U.S. Frozen Foods Business

Grey Mountain, Kellogg and Palladium previously invested in food companies

Sangetsu Acquires Wall Coverer Koroseal, Grows in U.S.

The seller, Peak Rock, previously backed Berner Foods, Diamond Crystal and Lew’s Fishing

The Cheesecake Factory Backs North Italia and Flower Child, as Specialized Casual Dining Restaurants Flourish

Jimmy John’s, Joe & the Juice and Wetzel’s Pretzels have received private equity investments

Estee Lauder Buys Makeup Brand Too Faced to Expand E-Commerce Line

Growing e-commerce businesses such as Ashley Stewart, Blue Nile, and Hanna Andersson have attracted buyers

Retail M&A Poised for Growth, Say Transaction Professionals

Strategic buyers and PE firms are investing in providers of retail analytics to help merchants figure out what’s working and what isn’t

Bain, Bow Street Acquire Blue Nile, an Online Purveyor of Diamond Rings

Growing e-commerce businesses, including Ashley Steward, Hanna Andersson and Total Hockey, are attracting investors

Graycliff Reinforces Interest in Logistics Deals by Backing Home Electronics Installer

American Freight, Atlas Air, C.H. Robinson, Lineage Logistics, and NFI have also made logistics purchases

CVC Buys Bottle Maker Anchor Glass, as Packaging M&A Remians Robust

Berry Plastics, Novolex, Packaging Corp. and Platinum Equity invested in the sector

Peak Rock Shows Confidence in Consumer Goods with Deal for Lew’s Fishing Owner

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Johnson Outdoors, and Norwest all made outdoor-related deals

Kainos Capital Closes 2nd Fund to Pursue Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods

Ghirardelli, Kettle Cuisine, SlimFast and Sturm Foods are among the firms’ investments

Ardian, Led by Dominique Senequier, Buys German Lighting Maker SLV from Cinven

PetSmart is among the companies backed by the French private equity firm, which recently expanded in the U.S. middle market

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