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Evercore, Star Mountain Capital, Jones Day
Evercore hires tech specialist to begin in June; Star Mountain taps former Citigroup PE co-founder; Detroit restructuring head Kevyn Orr returns to Jones Day

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M&A Momentum Accelerated in March
Falling fuel prices, rising consumer confidence and potential interest rate hikes are among factors behind dealmaker enthusiasm

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HGGC Thrived in Transition to Reap PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM OF THE YEAR
The firm raised a new fund and closed a slew of deals with a revamped management team that includes CEO Rich Lawson, former 49ers QB Steve Young and former Bain exec Greg Benson

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The Weekly Wrap: NetSuite, Groupon, SkinnyPop Popcorn


NetSuite buys Bronto Software; Groupon sells Ticket Monster; SkinnyPop Popcorn acquires Paqui

Huron-Backed Albireo Grows Energy Services with Sky Technologies Buy


The buyer previously acquired Energy Options, Electronic Control Systems and Green Total Solutions

Sears Forms REIT to Raise $2.5B in Cash Amid Losses


Sears has sold and spun off assets -- including the Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores and the Lands’ End clothing brand -- to raise cash amid more than three years of losses

Installed Building Products Picks Up BDI Insulation for $36M


Nautic Partners and Builders FirstSource have also made building products acquisitions recently

Adobe Completed $800M Purchase of Photo Service Fotolia in Otherwise Slow January


Despite the lull, dealmakers remain bullish in forecasts for 2015

Revel Sale Temporarily Put on Hold During Appeal


Revel had intended to sell the property for $110 million until Brookfield Property Partners LP, the winner of the auction, refused to complete the sale

Top 2014 Mid-Market Deals by Industry


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

More Retailers Will Face Real Estate Distress


Debt loads may spur retailers such as American Apparel, RadioShack and Sears to consider Chapter 11

The Buyside: Contest for Digital Real Estate Continues


Companies such as Walk Score, Trulia, ZipRealty and Move Inc. have been actively pursued as M&A targets

Riverside Adds Training Factor to Grace Hill


The deal follows the PE firm's addition of LeaseHawk's education program to the real estate training company

Turnaround Tuesday: Owner of Troubled Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Talks with Lender


If Bref HR misses the Dec. 15 due date, it may have to repay the full $997.5M loan or face the hotel’s foreclosure

6 Companies For Sale


See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Vitamin Shoppe and Full House Resorts

Genstar Capital Combines ISqFt & BidClerk to Form Construction Software Co.


The deal follows acquisitions in the building products sector by Symphony Technology, Audax and Ridgemont Equity

Amazon Scored September’s Biggest Middle-Market Deal


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

The Weekly Wrap: Audax, Ridgemont Equity, RLJ Lodging


Audax Group picks up Chase Industries; Ridgemont Equity acquires Cook & Boardman; RLJ Lodging picks up DoubleTree Grand Key Resort

Casino Owners Eldorado Resorts and MTR Gaming Merge


The combined company owns casinos in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and Louisiana

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

Arcadis Builds Up with PE-backed Architecture Firm Callison


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

Zillow CEO Coveted Trulia Since 2006 Before Chasing Biggest Deal


Since Spencer Rascoff took the helm in 2010, Zillow has acquired nine companies

Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5B in Stock


The deal, which brings together the top two most-visited real estate sites, comes as more people shift house hunting onto the Web

The Weekly Wrap: Lindt Chocolate, InterActiveCorp, Platinum Equity


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

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


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

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