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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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Food & Beverage

Restaurant Franchise Investor NRD Takes Big Boy Operator Frisch’s Private

Frisch’s has been mired in family in-fighting since the death of company founder Jack Maier

Turnaround Tuesday: Z Trim Signs Food Biz Pro Anthony Saguto as CFO After Q1 Loss

The ingredients company also hired Jeffrey Consulting Group to improve operations

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

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

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