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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

D.A. Davidson, Ropes & Gray, William Blair
D.A. Davidson brings in two M&A vets; Ropes & Gray hires partner; William Blair names Todd Speece head of West Coast equity capital markets

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Top 2014 Mid-Market Deals by Industry


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

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

Primoris Adds Ram-Fab to Expand in Gulf Coast


The buyer previously acquired Q3 Contracting in November 2012

Arcadis Builds Up with PE-backed Architecture Firm Callison


The move follows design firm Foster + Partners' purchase of full company control from 3i

Calera Capital Scoops Up United Site Services


The target provides portable restrooms and other temporary services for construction sites and outdoor events

Architecture Firm Foster + Partners Buys Back Stake from 3i


The firm, which designed Apple's U.S. headquarters and airports in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Panama, as well as Millennium Bridge in London, is transitioning to a partnership model

Turnaround Tuesday: WPCS Defaults on Note Terms


The engineering company and bitcoin trading service developer has been selling assets, including operations in Seattle, to increase working capital

4 Oil Services Companies Combine into Nine Energy


The new company plans to grow through more acquisitions

Enerflex Pays $430M for Axip International Business in Latest Energy Services Deal


The deal follows oil and gas services acquisitions by Ferrellgas Partners and WSP Global

CapStreet Closes $340M Lower Middle-Market Fund


The news comes as private equity firms are seeing the best fundraising climate in years. Pictured: George Kelly, CapStreet chairman

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


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

The Weekly Wrap: Blucora, Hillshire Brands, Sumitomo


Blucora adds HowStuffWorks; Hillshire Brands buys Van's Natural; Sumitomo acquires Vaupell

Turnaround Tuesday: Alion Science Works to Refinance Notes


The company's history of losses raises doubt its ability to continue as a going concern, or without the threat of liquidation

The Weekly Wrap: Koppers, Certara, KPS


Koppers buys Osmose units; Certara acquires Synchrogenix; KPS picks up Anchor Glass

Koppers Pays $460M for Wood Preservation and Railroad Businesses


Osmose, which also has a utilities services business, is selling the units

Blackstone Said to Reach $5.4 Billion Agreement for Gates Global


The buyout would be Blackstone’s biggest private-equity deal since taking over Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. seven years ago

The Weekly Wrap: Dell, Sentinel Capital, Walt Disney


Dell picks up StatSoft; Sentinel Captal buys Newks; Walt Disney acquires Maker Studios

The Weekly Wrap: KRG Capital, Thoma Bravo, Vestar


KRG Capital acquires ICCNexergy; Thoma Bravo buys TravelClick; Vestar Capital adds Institutional Shareholder Services

Turnaround Tuesday: After Refocusing, EnGlobal Increases Profit Margins


The engineering and automation company has sold non-core assets and paid off debt

The Weekly Wrap: Carlyle, HGGC, Lockheed Martin


Carlyle adds Eci Software; HGGC acquires Serena; Lockheed Martin buys Industrial Defender

WSP Grabs KRG-Backed Focus Group


The deal is the latest in a long line of energy-services M&A transactions

PE-Backed Linage Logistics Adds Millard Refrigerated


The buyer previously purchased cold storage facilities in Illinois and Washington

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