People Moves of the Week:

Cook M&A, Houlihan Lokey, Piper Jaffray
Cook M&A names Michael Olson vice president; Houlihan Lokey hires transaction advisory head; Piper Jaffray acquires energy investment bank

Private Equity

The Rise of the Operating Partner
Baird Capital’s Roberto Ferranti, Riverside’s Jeff Goodman, Excellere’s John Lanier, Northstar Aerospace’s David McConnaughey and Graham’s Dan Soroka (pictured) help portfolio companies improve processes and trim costs

Emerging Markets

As China’s Economy Falters, Southeast Asia Attracts Dealmakers
Inexpensive manufacturing and increased consumerism make Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam appealing to private equity firms and strategic buyers from all over the world

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Air Liquide, Led by Benoit Potier, Adds Airgas

The deal puts Air Liquide in a better position to compete with Linde, Air Products and Praxair

Piper Jaffray Buys Energy I-Bank Simmons, as Dealmakers Expect More Sector M&A

For Investment Bank of the Year winner Piper Jaffray, led by CEO Andrew Duff, the deal follows acquisitions of Edgeview, Partnership Capital and BMO Capital Markets GKST

Ridgemont Closes 2nd Fund to Focus on Health Care, Energy and TMT

The firm recently picked up Unishippers Global Logistics, and is invested in Allied 100, and Jam Distributing

Turnaround Tuesday: Arch Coal is Negotiating with Creditors, But May End Up in Bankruptcy Anyway

Low coal prices have hurt the company, which has enough money to operate but not to service its debt

Energy Infrastructure PE Firm ArcLight Buys Wind Farm Assets

The firm also recently formed an oil company, Element Petroleum III

Duke Energy to Acquire Piedmont Natural Gas

The purchase follows recent deals from Southern, Emera and Black Hills

Carlyle Continues Mid-Market Deal Spree with R.I. Energy Center

The purchase follows the PE firm’s recent investments in Blyth and Coalfire Systems

3 Companies For Sale

See which companies hit the auction block this week, including Haliburton and Elmer's Products

KKR-Backed Samson Goes Bankrupt, with Cerberus, Silver Point, Anschutz Poised to Gain Control

Oil and gas companies around the world feel "pressure from the downward spiral in commodity prices, and the fate of many of these companies is yet to be determined," says Samson CFO Philip Cook

ArcLight Capital Invests to Form New Oil Business, as Crude Prices Remain Volatile

GSO Capital, GeoSouthern and Pine Brook have executed deals in the energy sector recently

Turnaround Tuesday: Crude Volatility Shakes Up Victory Energy

Despite a $1.2M net loss in Q2, the oil company is hoping to secure a loan to make further acquisitions

Turnaround Tuesday: Oil Firm Escalera Reaches Forbearance, Delays Possible Bankruptcy

Crude price volatility has challenged the company, which has raised doubts about its ability to stay in business

Pine Brook Invests in New Oil Equipment Rental Biz

The company, Cahill Services, is currently evaluating potential acquisitions

Turnaround Tuesday: Daybreak Oil Reports More Losses in Volatile Crude Climate

The company plans to drill the "most economic wells," says CEO Jim Westmoreland; meanwhile, the oil market is seeing volatility due to fears Iran will glut the market now that sanctions have been lifted

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Cardinal Energy Brings in PE Investor

A Maximilian Global portfolio company is buying some of Cardinal’s oil interests as part of a long-term financing deal

Gibraltar Buys RBI in Solar Manufacturing Move

SunEdison and Solar Power have also made acquisitions in the renewable energy market recently

The Weekly Wrap: Gravity4; XPO Logistics; Google

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

Apax Buys Quality Distribution in Logistics Move

FedEx and Fiera Axium have also made transportation-related deals recently

The Weekly Wrap: Gulfport Energy, Builders FirstSource, Eclipse Aerospace

Gulfport Energy buys Paloma Partners; Builders FirstSource acquires ProBuild Holdings; Eclipse Aerospace merges with Kestrel Aircraft

M&A Momentum Accelerated in March

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

Huron-Backed Albireo Grows Energy Services with Sky Technologies Buy

The buyer previously acquired Energy Options, Electronic Control Systems and Green Total Solutions

1 Company for Sale

See which company has recently hit the auction block

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