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Tax Inversion Rules May Hamper Cross-Border M&A in the Middle Market
Fallout from the new rules won’t be limited to mega deals like Pfizer’s scuttled purchase of Botox maker Allergan

Dealmakers

The Weekly Wrap: Liberty Hall, Teasdale, Thoma Bravo
Liberty Hall acquires J&M Machine; Snow Phipps-backed Teasdale adds Mesa Foods; Thoma Bravo buys Bomgar

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PE Firms Fundraising: Brookfield Infrastructure, Kainos and Others
Star Mountain Partners is also raising a fund

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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

Germany’s Henkel Agrees to Buy Snuggle-Fabric Softener Maker Sun Products to Compete with P&G in U.S.


Henkel missed an opportunity to expand shampoo and hair dye offerings in the U.S. when P&G opted to sell Wella and Cover Girl to Coty, which makes Calvin Klein and Adidas fragrances

Pruning Process: 7 Consumer Goods Producers Buy & Sell to Grow


Procter & Gamble sold Duracell and is divesting 40-plus beauty brands; Clorox sold car cleaners and bought Renew Life probiotics; General Mills sold Green Giant and bought Epic Provisions

Geneva Glen Buys Dianne’s Fine Desserts, a Former Heinz Carve-Out


Acquisition from Superior Capital follows recent deals by Snow Phipps, Platinum Equity and Dean Foods

Snow Phipps-Backed Teasdale Stays Active, Adds Tortilla Maker Mesa Foods


Teasdale previously purchased Bruce Foods’ Mexican brands, Casa Fiesta and Jardine’s Foods

Revlon Seeks to Revive Cosmetics Clout with Elizabeth Arden Deal


Catterton took Steiner Leisure private; Coty is buying more than 40 beauty brands from P&G and also purchased Hyperamarcas’ personal care business

Church & Dwight Joins Growing List of Consumer Giants That Are Reshaping Through M&A


Church & Dwight sells cleaning brands to Brillo owner Armaly; ConAgra, Procter & Gamble, Newell and others are also buying and selling

Invus Group’s Investment in Ashley Stewart is Latest Sign of the Retailer’s Turnaround


After filing for bankruptcy twice, the plus-size retailer made a comeback, prompting Invus (backer of Bluemercury and Weight Watchers) to buy a controlling stake from Clearlake and FirePine

Bluestar Alliance Invests in Bebe, Forms JV


Retailers including Sears are selling assets, while others, such as American Apparel, filed for bankruptcy

ConAgra Sells Food Ingredient Distributor JM Swank, Trims Slow-Growing Lines


ConAgra recently agreed to sell Spicetec, is in the process of spinning off Lamb Weston and sold the private label division

Cott Expands Beyond Private-Label Beverages to Add Coffee Machine Maker


Cott bought DS Services in 2014 as part of the company’s growth strategy

Coty Deems Cutex Nail Polish Remover Non-Core, Sells Remaining Rights to Revlon


Many consumer products companies, including Newell Brands and Procter & Gamble, are fine-tuning their product mixes through M&A

Lynx Equity Expands Wholesale Business, Acquires North American Shoe


Deal adds to portfolio of Baker Shoe, Fine Line Imports, Sienna Sky and JewelPop

Johnson & Johnson to Buy Vogue Hair Care


The target is known for the OGX shampoos, Proganix and Maui Moisture brands

PE-Backed Wendy’s Japan Acquires Rival Fast-Food Chain


The purchase of First Kitchen follows deals for Barteca, Krispy Kreme and Pink Taco

Staples CEO Ron Sargent to Step Down Following Failed Office Depot Merger


Staples’ plan moving forward includes wining mid-market business customers, alternatives for European ops and cost cutting

ConAgra Divests Spicetec, as Consumer Products Giants Clean House


To focus on fast-growing Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National, Hunt's and Slim Jim, ConAgra is selling Lamb Weston and other slower-growing brands

Sears to Explore Options for Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard


The unprofitable retailer, which recently paid down debt with a new loan, may again be turning to asset sales to generate cash amid continued losses

MidOcean Adds Luggage Supplier in Time for Summer Travel


The purchase of Travelpro follows Samsonite’s agreement to buy Tumi

PE-Backed US Foods Intensifies Acquisition Spree in Wake of Sysco Deal Failure


Since the Sysco merger fell through, the KKR and CD&R-backed buyer bought Cara Donna, Dierks Waukesha and Food Genius

Genstar Backs Real Estate Software Provider Accruent


Retailers such as Abercrombie, American Apparel and Sears have been facing challenges with their real estate holdings

Hormel Grows Grocery Segment with Organic Nut Butter Maker


The addition of Justin’s continues Hormel’s strategy to expand outside of meats, including its purchases of CytoSport and Skippy

CD&R Picks Up Zest and Other Brands from Brynwood


High Ridge Brands distributes popular personal care products, such as Zest, Alberto VO5, White Rain, Coast, and Rave

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