People Moves

Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods
Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Financial Services

Banner Year for Private Equity Fundraising Bodes Well for M&A in 2017
The amount raised in 2016 was on par with 2014, the best year for PE fundraising since the financial crisis, finds Preqin; a record number of new PE funds is being marketed to investors at the start of 2017


Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs
John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

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Fund of Funds, Lender

ESOP, Recapitalization

Agriculture, Natural Resources

New York, Hong Kong

Northeast US, Asia/Pacific

United States, Canada


Influential Women

The second edition of Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 35 leading female transaction professionals, including Kristina Heinze, co-founder of ParkerGale

Mid-Market Awards

Who should win Mergers & Acquisitions’ 10th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards for 2016?

Tech, Media & Telecom

Thoma Bravo Buys Enterprise Software Developer Planview; SaaS M&A Continues

Bomgar, Elemica, T2 Systems and Qlik have all been backed by Thoma Bravo

Trump Policies Likely to Make 2017 a Good Year for Buying Companies: Guest Article

Paul Aversano of Alvarez & Marsal outlines developments expected to affect the M&A environment favorably under President-elect Donald Trump

Cable One Buys TV Acquisition Firm RBI from GTCR, as Media Deals Draw Buyers

GTCR recently purchased telecom network provider Inteliquent and formed a new trading tech provider

ACG New York Hosts 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit; Kay Koplovitz Keynotes

Also featured: Nanette Heide of Duane Morris, Julia Karol of the Watermill Group, Beatrice Mitchell of Sperry Mitchell and Michelle Van Hellemont

Rolling Up Medical Practices? Here are 5 Steps to Take: Guest Article

Plante Moran partners provide advice on getting more value out of merging medical practices

Tritium Launches Portfolio Company to Pursue Data and Digital Service Investments

Claritas, FMCG Direct, JDA Software and Mi9 have all been purchased, as buyers seek improved customer acquisition strategies and business growth

HP Purchases Software Provider SimpliVity, After Target’s Rival Goes Public

AEI-backed Belcan, LLR Partners and Thompson Street recently made technology deals

Thompson Street Expands Legal Software Portfolio with STI Purchase

Harvest Partners, Hyland, Omers and Roper Tech made software deals for the legal industry

Dun & Bradstreet Purchases Avention, Strengthens Presence in Sales Data

Salesforce previously bought Demandware; Blackstone, Carlyle and Deluxe also made deals in the space

LLR Acquires Cybersecurity Developer BluVector from Northrop Grumman

Accenture, Coalfire, Vista Equity, Thoma Bravo and TPG are buyers underscoring confidence in the cybersecurity sector

Deluxe Acquires Marketing Analytics Firm FMCG Direct, as Data Providers Draw Buyers

Claritas, JDA Software and Mi9 have all been acquired as analytics providers have grown essential

AEI-Backed Belcan Adds Kemtah Group to Grow Aerospace IT Division

AEI purchased AC&A, Belcan and Moeller from its debut aerospace fund

Carlyle’s Deal for Analytics Provider Claritas Shows Demand for Consumer Data

Blackstone, HGGC and Summit Partners have among the other acquirers in the space

GI Partners Acquires Seattle’s Komo Plaza, as Data Centers Fuel M&A

Equinix, Fusion, TierPoint and Verizon all made deals involving data centers

GTCR Creates New Trading Technology Provider

Dash Financial and LiquidPoint are merging to form Dash Financial Technologies

Clearlake Acquires Network Security Provider Landesk from Thoma Bravo to Merge with Heat Software

Thoma Bravo recently sold data protection software company Vision Solutions to Clearlake

7 Sectors to Watch in 2017

Aircraft parts, packaging for consumer goods, construction materials and cybersecurity are some of the industries expected to see strong M&A activity

E-Commerce Analytics to the Rescue for Retailers, Under More Pressure in Holiday Season

Coveted targets include JDA Software, Mi9 Retail and ShopperTrak, as strategic buyers, such as Wal-Mart, and private equity firms, like Blackstone, compete head to head

Descartes Buys Datamyne, Developer of Software to Analyze Import and Export Trade Activity

Bregal Sagemount, Salesforce.com, Siris Capital and Thoma Bravo all purchased cloud-based software businesses

Moore Frères Invests in Opera TV, an Over-the-Top Software Developer

The investment holding company, based in New York, was founded by former Viacom executives to acquire companies in the technology, media and telecommunications sector

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Expands TV Empire with Sky Deal

The acquisition gives Fox a distribution platform to complement its film studio and cable channels like FX and National Geographic

ParkerGale’s Aircraft Technical Publishers Buys CaseBank for Aviation Diagnostic Software

The deal follows recent purchases of aerospace suppliers by Golden Gate, Liberty Hall, Platte River, and AEI

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