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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People Moves: Michael Silverstein Joins Carlyle's Consumer Group, Former AT&T Executive Krish Prabhu Gets Hired by Siris Capital

Dana Mead has been named CEO at TPG Capital-backed medical device manufacturer Beaver-Visitec

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

Backcast Partners Restructures to Open Lending and Mid-Market Advisory Business

RLJ Cos. and Roth Capital Partners recently teamed to launch investment bank RLJ Capital Markets

Solace Capital Seals Debut Special Situations Fund, as New PE Players Emerge

ParkerGale Capital recently closed its inaugural fund

Carlyle Closes Fourth CLO, as Debt Funds Rise in Popularity

The PE firm recently raised an energy-focused credit fund along with CLOs in 2015 and 2014

The Weekly Wrap: AEA Investors, Parker Hannifin; Zayo

AEA Investors purchases TricorBraun; Parker Hannifin buys Clarcor; Zayo acquires Electric Lightwave

PE Firms Fundraising: Ares, KKR and Others

CenterGate is also raising a fund

Clearlake-Backed Syncsort Buys Data Integration Software Developer Trillium from Harte Hanks

CNI, That’s How We Roll and Vision Solutions were purchased by Clearlake

The Weekly Wrap: Dr Pepper, Oracle, Smithfield

Dr Pepper acquires Bai Brands; Oracle purchases Dyn; Smithfield buys Clougherty Packing

PE Firms Fundraising: Bain Capital Life Sciences, Leeds Equity and Others

HGGC is also raising a fund

Mezzanine Debt Ruled in 2016, as Other Forms of Debt Faltered

Audax and Carlyle recently raised mezzanine debt funds

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

M&A Gained Momentum in the Third Quarter

More deals closed in Q3 than Q2, and transaction professionals feel good about 2017

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

Tesla Moves Beyond Cars with SolarCity Deal

The electric car maker is also buying Germany's Grohmann Engineering, and Samsung is acquiring Harman, as auto-related M&A soars

PE Firms Fundraising: Halifax, Zebra Capital and Others

Beech Tree is also raising a fund

The Inkwell Group Hopes to Foster a “New and Inclusive Era of Private Equity Investing”

The PE firm, founded by Chijioke Asomugha and Marques Martin, launches with vision to build value through creation of diverse leadership teams

GPM Snags Two Gas Station Brands from Sun Capital

The buyer’s convenient store brands consist of BreadBox, Cigarette City, Fas Fuel, Jiffi Stop and Scotchman

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

Vantiv Buys the U.S. Business of Canadian Payment Processor Moneris

Dover, Heartland and Wex all made related deals

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