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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

Expert's Corner

How to Leverage Social Media in Dealmaking
Axial’s Sam Jacobs provides tips to use specialized social networks to meet, interact, communicate and transact

The Buyside

In-Tweet Shopping Inspires Dealmaking
Twitter's Nathan Hubbard helms a deal that shows how M&A for social media companies is evolving, with Facebook not far behind

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News

Ronald Perelman’s Scientific Games Buys Bally Technologies as Gaming Equipment Industry Consolidates


In 2013, Bally bought SHFL Entertainment for $1.3B, and Scientific Games purchased WMS Industries for about $1.5B

Nordstrom Buys Personalized Stylist Service Trunk Club


The retailer expects the move to help it integrate online and offline consumer experience

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

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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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