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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

Infrastructure

Ardian, Led by Dominique Senequier, Raises Fourth Infrastructure Fund


The investment firm recently closed a co-investment fund and a European debt fund

Platte River Acquires Tool Maker Jameson


The PE firm will combine the target with Huskie Tools, which it purchased earlier in 2015

Advent Exits Dominican Airport Operator Aeropuertos Dominicanos


Vinci is buying the airport group, which owns Las Americas International and Gregorio Luperon

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

Fluor Looks Overseas for Growth, Buys Stork from Arle Capital


The PE firm recently sold Stork subsidiary Fokker Technologies

Duke Energy to Acquire Piedmont Natural Gas


The purchase follows recent deals from Southern, Emera and Black Hills

Platte River Hoists Deal With Huskie Tools


The investment follows up the PE firm’s purchase of Profile Products Earlier in 2015

The Weekly Wrap: Gravity4; XPO Logistics; Google


Gravity4 buys Rocket Fuel; XPO Logistics takes over Bridge Terminal Transport; Google acquires Timeful

Baird Invests in Clearwater, Following Digi-Star Exit


The Milwaukee firm buys U.K.-based Clearwater as it continues to focus on cross-border deals

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

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

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