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 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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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

Tech, Media & Telecom

Trimble Purchases Sefaira, Provider of Building-Design Software

The deal follows Trimble's acquisitions of Agri-Trend and Telog

The Weekly Wrap: Cisco, FireEye, Stryker

Cisco buys Jasper; FireEye purchases Invotas; Stryker adds Sage

3 Companies For Sale

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

FormFactor Acquires Semiconductor Tester Cascade Microtech

Altera, EZchip and Pericom have recently been bought

Cisco Buys Network Equipment Maker Jasper, as Companies Look to Boost Cloud Services

Other recent purchases include APT, Kepware and StorageCraft

Acquisitive SFX Files for Bankruptcy

The entertainment company ran up costs by purchasing Beatport, Mysteryland, TomorrowWorld and others

Carlyle Doubles Down on the Middle Market

The PE firm has recently invested in candle maker Blyth, cybersecurity services provider Coalfire and natural gas distributor Rhode Island State Energy

Qatalyst CEO Frank Quattrone Steps Down

Quattrone is best known for taking almost 200 companies public during the dot-com boom, including Cisco and Amazon.com

HGGC's Survey Sampling on a Deal Spree

The PE firm is also invested in consumer research companies MRops and MyOpinions

Turnaround Tuesday: GrubHub Reveals Plans to Strengthen Balance Sheet

The app-based food delivery service has watched its stock decline over the last year

FireEye Acquires iSight, as Cybersecurity Firms Drive M&A

Oft-cited authority on high-profile attacks on Sony, Target and others buys firm that uncovered Russian Sandworm hackers

Health Care Data Providers Are Becoming Attractive Targets, Thanks to the Affordable Care Act

MedeAnalytics, Phreesia Payment and Smartcare have recently received buyer interest

Even Tech M&A Shows Signs of Upcoming Weakness

Expectations for tech M&A in the short term are much lower than previous polls, but activity may pick up again in the long run

Demand for IT Leads TA Associates to Buy StorageCraft

The PE firm recently invested in Drawloop Technologies and Procare Software

The Weekly Wrap: Charles River, Hudson's Bay, Bain Capial

Charles River buys Wil Research; Hudson's Bay adds Gilt Groupe; Bain Capital purchases American Trailer

4 Companies For Sale

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

Madison Dearborn-Backed Fleet Complete Makes Second Acquisition

ITmobile, Dutch provider of wireless vehicle data monitoring software, helps Fleet Complete’s expansion in Europe

Gilt Gives up on IPO Ambitions, Accepts $250M Offer from Hudson Bay

The New York flash-sale startup founded by former DoubleClick CEO Kevin Ryan raised more than $270M in venture capital and was once valued at $1B

Harman Takes Advantage of Rising Car Sales with TowerSec Purchase

The target makes cybersecurity technology products under the Ecushield and Tcushield brands

Robot & Drone Makers will Draw in Dealmakers

As Amazon and Wal-Mart experiment with drones, Bubble Wrap owner Sealed Air, Omron, Teradyne and Omnicell have made robot deals

Carfax Owner Adds Carproof, Following Other Data Deals

Rising global auto sales is driving M&A among related businesses

PTC Adds Software Developer Kepware, After Acquiring Vuforia

Other recent tech purchases include APT, Aircraft Technical and Park Place

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