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AIG, Pimco, Golub Capital
AIG places exec in charge of M&A; Pimco exec steps down; Golub Capital hires Chip Cushman from GE Capital


Early-Stage Deal Flow Rose in April for Third Month in a Row
While dealmakers remain optimistic, some signs indicate the rate of M&A expansion may be slowing

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GE Capital Sponsor Finance Buyer Expected to be Unregulated Group, Source Says
Potential bidders for the unit include Apollo, Ares, Blackstone, KKR, Mitsubishi UFJ and SunTrust

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CVS to Buy Omnicare in Pharmacy Expansion

Omnicare also drew interest from industry leader Express Scripts Holding Co.

Lane Bryant Owner Ascena to Buy Ann Taylor and Loft Owner to Attract Working Women

Ascena has been actively acquiring other retailers over the last decade, picking up Charming Shoppes in 2012, Tween Brands in 2009 and Maurices in 2005

Fiskars Buys PE-Backed Wedgwood China-Owner, as Luxury Goods Deals Flourish

Luxury businesses Net-a-Porter, Mytheresa and Frette have also acquired recently

The Weekly Wrap: Gravity4; XPO Logistics; Google

Gravity4 buys Rocket Fuel; XPO Logistics takes over Bridge Terminal Transport; Google acquires Timeful

Avenue Capital’s Boulevard Harvests Dow Chemical’s AgroFresh

Dow announced in October it would sell AgroFresh as it sheds low-margin businesses and streamlines operations

Penn National Gaming Bets on Tropicana Las Vegas

Though conditions have improved in Las Vegas since the recession, other properties, including the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Caesars, have struggled

Spectrum Adds to Car-Related M&A with PE-Backed Armored AutoGroup Deal

Spectrum's previous acquisitions include Toll Manufacturing and Stanley Black & Decker's hardware unit

The Weekly Wrap: NetSuite, Groupon, SkinnyPop Popcorn

NetSuite buys Bronto Software; Groupon sells Ticket Monster; SkinnyPop Popcorn acquires Paqui

To Grow in Sports Medicine, Bregal’s Shock Doctor Merges with McDavid

Bregal picked up Shock Doctor in March 2014 with plans to consolidate the sports medicine market

Groupon May Sell Businesses to Raise Cash

A majority stake in Groupon’s Ticket Monster could fetch about $500 million, while smaller units might yield between $30 million and $100 million each, analysts say

M&A Momentum Accelerated in March

Falling fuel prices, rising consumer confidence and potential interest rate hikes are among factors behind dealmaker enthusiasm

Avis Grows Car-Rental Business in Italy with Maggiore Acquisition

The buyer's previous acquisitions include Zipcar and Payless Car Rental

PE Firms Abraaj and TPG Invest in Saudi Restaurant Chain, Spotlighting Middle East Interest

This is one of several deals in the Middle East for Abraaj, which is considered the largest PE investor in the region, but the first for TPG

New Mountain Buys Chemical Business Zep in Take-Private Transaction

The deal includes cleaning and chemical brands such as Zep Automotive, Time Mist, Rain-X and Rexodan

As Expected, Oneida Kitchenware Maker Files for Prepackaged Bankruptcy

EveryWare reached an agreement with creditors to avoid defaulting on term loan

Turnaround Tuesday: Facing Default, EveryWare Plans Pre-Packaged Bankruptcy

The kitchenware retailer plans to use $40M from existing lenders to get through the case

NFL Spins Off Hospitality Business

Investors in the new management company include RedBird Capital, Bruin Sports Capital and 32 Equity

Polaroid Licensee Buys Bankrupt Airline Catalog SkyMall

The marketing business, which sells products including "Roswell, the Alien Butler," faced increased competition from retailers such as Amazon and EBay

TowerBrook Tries On PE-Backed Retailer J.Jill

The deal marks an exit for Arcapita and Golden Gate Capital

Yoox to Buy Richemont’s Net-a-Porter Unit for $775M

The combined company will have more heft in the market as competition intensifies in web retailing of luxury goods

Master Lock Owner Fortune Purchases Cabinet-Maker Norcraft

Installed Building Products and Nautic Partners have also made building products deals recently

Investcorp Picks Up For-Profit School Owner Nobel Learning

The private equity firm sold Mergers & Acquisitions' publisher SourceMedia and Berlin Packaging recently

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