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Wrap Up

First Half of 2014 Best for M&A in 3 Years
Positive predictions for 2014 are coming true, with the first six months of the year generating more deals than the same periods in 2012 and 2013

People Moves of the Week

BTIG, D.A. Davidson, KeyBanc
BTIG taps two former Lazard execs; D.A. Davidson launches real estate team; KeyBanc drafts Anne-Marie Peterson to the firm's leveraged finance team

REAL ESTATE

BET Founder Continues Picking Up Hotels
RLJ Lodging, founded by Robert L. Johnson, recently paid about $50M for an Atlanta Hyatt

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News

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

Forbes Magazine Sells Controlling Stake to Hong Kong-Based Group


Steve Forbes, the head of the family and a two-time U.S. presidential candidate, put the magazine’s parent company up for sale following years of dwindling profits

GTCR Takes Over Cole-Parmer Instrument from Thermo Fisher for $480M


The Chicago firm won the M&A Mid-Market Private Equity Firm of the Year Award for 2013

Evolution Buys Emergency Management Software Company


Riverside is also investing in services that help customers respond to disasters and other crises

Riverside Adds to ECN with Dean Alert


The PE firm used Emergency Communications Network to communicate with employees during Hurricane Sandy in 2012

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Articles

Top Mid-Market Deals Completed in 2013 by Industry


In transactions worth $1 billion or less, the most active sub-sectors in 2013 were real estate; business services; oil and gas; prepackaged software; and hotels and casinos

Customers Reign


Marketers should work with customers during the product-development process

SFX Spree Spotlights Fast-Growing Genre


Five deals, the largest being the $130 million acquisition of ID&T, have expanded the buyer's presence in the electronic dance market

Carlyle to Pump Up Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics


The PE firm purchased a minority stake in Andre Young's audio brand with the hopes of expanding it overseas

Q3: Middle-Market M&A Turns Down a Notch


While a global tally shows a slight uptick, U.S. deals below $1 billion still lag

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