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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

Natural Resources

4 Companies For Sale


eMarketer and MannKind are rumored to be seeking buyers

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

GenNx360’s Salford Picks up Aerway, On the Heels of Valmar Purchase


In similar deals, Blount International is being acquired and Dow Chemical is merging with DuPont

Dow Chemical and DuPont Show Chemical Products Are in Demand with Merger


Agriculture and other specialty chemicals have driven many mid-market deals, including the acquistions of Cheminova and Chemtura’s agrochemicals division

People Moves of the Week: Timken, PEF Services, Quarton International


Timken names Ajay Das VP of business development; PEF Services expands in Midwest; Quarton merges with Blue Corporate Finance

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

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