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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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Firm: KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

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Real Estate

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

Carmike Cinemas Follows November Deal with Digiplex Acquisition


The deal follows the buyer's purchase of nine entertainment complexes

The Weekly Wrap: Blucora, Hillshire Brands, Sumitomo


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

The Weekly Wrap: Koppers, Certara, KPS


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

4 Companies for Sale


See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Bluestem Brands and Radisson Hotel Corning

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

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