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Evercore, Star Mountain Capital, Jones Day
Evercore hires tech specialist to begin in June; Star Mountain taps former Citigroup PE co-founder; Detroit restructuring head Kevyn Orr returns to Jones Day

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M&A Momentum Accelerated in March
Falling fuel prices, rising consumer confidence and potential interest rate hikes are among factors behind dealmaker enthusiasm

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HGGC Thrived in Transition to Reap PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM OF THE YEAR
The firm raised a new fund and closed a slew of deals with a revamped management team that includes CEO Rich Lawson, former 49ers QB Steve Young and former Bain exec Greg Benson

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The Weekly Wrap: NetSuite, Groupon, SkinnyPop Popcorn


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

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

Brazilian PE Firm 3G Capital, Berkshire to Buy Kraft, Merge It With Heinz


Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway teamed up with 3G to acquire Heinz and helped finance 3G-owned Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons

Turnaround Tuesday: No Soup for You? Soupman Struggles Due to Working Capital Deficiency


The business depicted on Jerry Seinfeld's long-running NBC sitcom, which featured a character known as the Soup Nazi, has raised concerns about its ability to survive

Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee Gobbles Up Catalina Restaurants


The latest deal from Food Management Partners follows restaurant acquisitions from Redrock Partners and Romulus

Redrock Buys Struggling Romano's Macaroni Grill for $8M


The seller, Ignite Restaurant, says the restaurant business hadn't delivered on milestones since it was acquired in 2013

New Mountain Acquires KRG-Backed Diversified Foodservice


The buyer closed a $4B fund in October

Yelp Buys Food-Ordering Service Eat24 for $134M


Eat24 lets people order food from about 20,000 restaurants in more than 1,500 U.S. cities via the Web and mobile applications

Adobe Completed $800M Purchase of Photo Service Fotolia in Otherwise Slow January


Despite the lull, dealmakers remain bullish in forecasts for 2015

Top 2014 Mid-Market Deals by Industry


Oil & gas, professional services, banks and software are among the top five sectors for M&A

Sensata's Acquiring of Madison Dearborn-Backed Schrader Tops List of Mid-Market Deals in 2014


A list of selected middle-market M&A deals completed in 2014

Strategic Buyers Beat Private Equity Firms


Corporations bought more companies than PE firms in the first eight months of the year

3 Companies for Sale


See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Sears Hometown & Outlet and NutriSystem

Apollo-backed Chuck E. Cheese Picks Up Peter Piper Pizza


The announcement comes during an upswing in restaurant M&A

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Supplements Group RiceBran Raises $6M


The capital comes on top of $20M raised previously, which helped RiceBran make an acquisition in January

JAB Pays $374M to Take Einstein Bros. Bagels Private


Merchant bank BDT Capital is making a minority investment in the deal

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Owner of Marley Coffee Hopes to Increase Sales


Jammin Java has incurred an $18.7M deficit while increasing sales

Hormel's Purchase of Muscle Milk Maker Was Among August's Notable Deals


The middle market closed 168 deals in August, fewer than in July

Burger King to Buy Tim Hortons Chain for About $11.4B


The purchase gives Burger King access to a coffee brand with a cult following, which may help boost breakfast sales

Burger King Mulls Tim Hortons Deal in Tax-Saving Canada Move


The combined business would have about $22 billion in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries

Constellation Brands Grabs Casa Noble Tequila


Rock legend Carlos Santana is one of the target's investors

The Weekly Wrap: Lindt Chocolate, InterActiveCorp, Platinum Equity


Lindt buys Russel Stover; InterActiveCorp picks up HowAboutWe.com; Platinum Equity acquires Transworld Systems

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