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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

Real Estate

3 Companies For Sale


Management consulting firm AssetMark and storage device maker Barracuda Networks are reported to be seeking buyers

4 Companies For Sale


See which companies hit the auction block this week, including assets from Verizon and Johnson & Johnson

Acadia, Led by Joey Jacobs, Adds MMO Behavioral


Crossroads Holding, Foundations Recovery and Reliant Hospital have also been received buyer interest

1 Company For Sale


See which Lightyear Capital asset hit the auction block this week

Saks, Lord & Taylor Owner Sheds Real Estate Assets in Challenging Retail Climate


Hudson's Bay is one of many, including American Apparel and Sears, to change up property holdings as e-commerce alters the retail industry

Marriott Beats Bidders to Win Starwood


The deal is the largest in the hotel industry since Blackstone bought Hilton in 2007

Portfolio Advisors Closes Real Estate Fund-of-Funds


Comvest Partners and Apollo Aviation have also closed funds recently

American Apparel's Bankruptcy Underscores Challenges for Retailers


A close look at the turnarounds of Abercrombie, American Apparel, American Eagle, Sears and Wet Seal, plus the opportunities retail troubles give middle-market dealmakers

The Weekly Wrap: Blackstone, Bunge, Gannett


Blackstone buys BioMed; Bunge adds Whole Harvest; Gannett purchases Journal Media Group

Compassus Adds Sentinel-Backed Hospice Advantage, as Health Care Real Estate Heats Up


The purchase follows other health care real estate deals such as Blackstone’s purchase of BioMed Realty and Reliant Hospital Partners by HealthSouth

Blackstone to Buy BioMed Realty Trust


The PE firm is making a push in the health care real estate market, as demand for biotech lab space rises

RadioShack's Loss was GameStop's Gain


As retailers including American Apparel close shops, opportunities open up for dealmakers

Medical REIT Takes Home GTCR's Capella Healthcare


For GTCR, the exit follows planned divestitures of AssuredPartners and Cord Blood

Standard Pacific, Ryland to Merge, as U.S. Housing Recovery Persists


The deal gives the companies greater geographic and product diversification as the U.S. housing market bounces back

GI Partners Acquires PE-Backed Real Estate Software Biz


The deal marks an exit for Vista Equity, which added Cougar Software, VaultWare, Bostonpost Technology and Workspeed Management to MRI under its ownership

The Weekly Wrap: Gravity4; XPO Logistics; Google


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

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

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