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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Firm: Motorola Mobility LLC

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Natural Resources

Agriculture Acquirers Feed on Crop Protection

Technology advances and customer demand are driving deals, such as the recent Land O’Lakes merger with United Suppliers

Fragrance Materials Maker Symrise Picks up Pinova from TorQuest

The deal comes a year after ADM bought Wild Flavors, a Symrise rival

4 Companies For Sale

See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including FullBeauty and Magnum Hunter

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

Farmland Partners Grows With 3 More Properties

In another farm-related deal, Land O'Lakes acquired an agribusiness marketing company

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

Quad-C Buys Consulting Group Vaco

The move follows the PE firm's formation of Veterinary Specialists of North America and investment in McKissock. Pictured: Quad-C senior partner Steve Burns

Amazon Scored September’s Biggest Middle-Market Deal

The e-commerce company paid $970 million for Twitch Interactive, an online community of video gamers

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

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Copper Mine Operator Nord Resources Reaches Forbearance Agreement After Default

The company is late to file annual and quarterly reports with the SEC, claiming it lacks funds to pay auditor

Compass Buys Littlejohn-Backed Soil Processor Clean Earth

The sale comes after the PE firm closed a $2B fund in July

The Weekly Wrap: Lindt Chocolate, InterActiveCorp, Platinum Equity

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

Reynolds Acquiring Lorillard for $25B to Reshape Industry

BAT’s U.K. rival Imperial Tobacco Group will acquire brands such as Kool and Blu e-cigarettes, potentially assuaging antitrust concerns

Genstar Takes Over Data Group Asset International

Genstar has committed capital for Asset International to pursue acquisitions

Turnaround Tuesday: University General Health Considers M&A, Divestitures as Part of Restructuring

The health care group expects additional funding after it files an annual report with the SEC

The Weekly Wrap: CD&R, Harman, Propel Capital

CD&R buys Healogics; Harman picks up AMX; Propel Capital acquires Summit Products and Citiblocs

Agco Buys Intersystems, Expands Grain Business

Dealmakers are expecting to see M&A in the manufacturing sector surge in the next 12 months

In Energy Services Deal, Ferrellgas Pays $125M for Water Disposal Group

The company is expanding from propane-related services with the purchase of Sable Environmental

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