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Has Mid-Market M&A Come to a Dead Stop, or is This a Momentary Pause?
Dealmaking in Q4 2015 dropped 26 percent from Q4 2014, and January 2016 was downright sluggish. How long will the lull last?

Turnaround Talk

Men's Wearhouse Devises Tailored Brands Holding Company to Protect Assets in Potential Bankruptcy
The retailer has suffered financially since its 2014 acquisition of Jos. A. Bank

Valuations

Valuations Soared in 2015, Making it Tough for PE Firms to Compete with Strategic Buyers
Prices paid for lower middle-market targets averaged 9.1 times Ebitda, up from 7.8 in 2014, says GF Data’s Graeme Frazier

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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 will announce the winners of the 2015 M&A Mid-Market Awards soon. In the meantime, see the 2014 Winners

Financial Services

Turnaround Talk: Genworth Drafts Plan to Pay Down Debt in Light of Losses


The insurance company will separate its long-term care insurance business

First Southwest and Southwest Securities Complete Deal, Begin Operating as One Company


The two financial services providers are now owned by Hilltop Holdings

Dealmaking Fell Further into Negative Territory in January


Leads for new deals and availability of financing were at their lowest levels on our monthly poll, which may portend a prolonged slowdown

As Dividend Recaps Decline, Investors Look Elsewhere


Houlihan Capital's Andrew Smith says PE firms are paying out less dividend recaps with rising interest rates

Last Chance for Nominations: Who Should Win Deal of the Year?


The Jan. 31 deadline for Mergers & Acquisitions' 2015 M&A Mid-Market Awards is coming up quickly

Valuations Soared in 2015, Making it Tough for PE Firms to Compete with Strategic Buyers


Prices paid for lower middle-market targets averaged 9.1 times Ebitda, up from 7.8 in 2014, says GF Data’s Graeme Frazier

Pritzker Group and Other Wealthy Families Skip PE Firms to Invest Directly


Grand Capital Crossing, which invests on behalf of the family that created the cake-decorating Wilton brand, backs Everglades Marine

GE to Sell HQ and Move as Part of Restructuring


The move comes after the company recently bought Metem and sold Antares

Riverside Launches Four Deals in Relatively Quiet Week for Most Dealmakers


The prolific PE firm led by co-CEOs Stewart Kohl and Bela Szigethy has already backed four companies in 2016: Prima Eye Group, SafeTec Compliance, Dermatology Group of New Jersey and Kasasa by BancVue

December Delivered More Deals than November, but Fewer than the Last Month of 2014


Sensata’s $1B purchase of Custom Sensors & Technologies ranked as the biggest mid-market acquisition to close in December 2015

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts


See which private equity firms are raising capital, including CI Capital, Newport and Riverside Europe

Cargill to Exit Crop Insurance Business With Sale to Silveus


Crop insurance isn’t core to the Cargill’s grain business, according to the company

Alps to Close Kaufman Rossin Fund Services Deal in Q1 2016


Acquisition expected to vault Alps into top 20 of hedge fund administrators

GE Continues Industrial Push with Metem Deal


The acquisition comes as the business keeps divesting GE Capital units, including Antares Capital, which it sold in August

Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike Expected to Make Minimal Impact on the Middle Market


Antares Capital's David Brackett, Avante’s Jeri Harman and others say interest rates will have to climb much higher to make a difference in dealmaking

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts


See which private equity firms are raising capital, including General Atlantic, Thompson Street and Ares

Lower Middle Market to Provide Bright Spot in Slowing M&A Climate


Firms that focus on the smaller end of the market, including Audax Private Equity, boasted success in 2015, says Audax MD Jay Jester

How Intellectual Property Affects M&A Valuation


Focusing on IP due diligence could potentially help negotiate the price of a company down

People Moves of the Week: Clayton Dubilier Rice, Perella Weinberg, Moldaver Lee & Chrebet


Clayton Dubilier Rice hires Russell Fradin as operating partner; Perella Weinberg promotes five; Moldaver Lee & Chrebet joins Stifel

Dealmakers are Banking on Asset Management


Dealmaking in the asset management space is underscored by Loeb president Jamie Kempner's recent strategic alliance

The Weekly Wrap: Newell Rubbermaid, Cision, Middleby


Newell Rubbermaid buys Jarden; Cision adds PR Newswire; Middleby purchases Lynx Grills

Searchlight Capital Raises Second Fund, Following TouchTunes Purchase


The PE firm, founded by former Apollo and KKR executives, is also invested in Hunter Boot and Roots

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