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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

Clarus Ventures, Riverside Partners, Siedman & Bancroft
Clarus calls up new managing director; Riverside announces several promotions; Siedman & Bancroft hires associate Maria Garrett

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Tech, Media & Telecom

Turnaround Tuesday: Still Troubled, Viggle Gets Another $2M Loan from CEO


Chief executive Robert Sillerman loaned the digital marketing company $2M in December, too

Lattice Expands Semiconductor Business with $600M Silicon Deal


Jefferies committed $350M in financing for the transaction

SkyMall Lands in Bankruptcy and Explores Sale as In-Flight Shopping Changes


New technology, competition from Amazon and the cost of getting the magazine on planes made the traditional in-flight catalog unattractive to airlines

GTCR Partners With Adams Outdoor to Buy PE-Backed Fairway Media


Advertising group Adams picks up a minority stake in the deal

Riverside Makes 2 More Acquisitions


The PE firm continues making consistent acquisitions with Greenphire and Bionic Pet Products

Top 2014 Mid-Market Deals by Industry


Oil & gas, professional services, banks and software are among the top five sectors for M&A

Modernizing Medicine Gains Cloud-Based Services with Aesyntix Purchase


Health care providers are leveraging technology acquisitions to handle an influx of patients driven by the Affordable Care Act

Electronic Doc Management Tech Firms Axacore, Scrypt to Merge


Both Scrypt and Axacore have created compliant cloud and on-premise products for the healthcare and lending industries

Family Dollar Investors Delay Vote on Dollar Tree Takeover


Divestitures are the main area of disagreement in the months-long saga as Dollar General pledges to put 1,500 of its 11,500 locations up for sale in order to win FTC approval

Riverside Continues Deal Spree, Buys Stake in Alcohol Monitoring Systems


The deal comes two days after the PE firm announced a deal for Soft Medical Europe

Riverside Backs Another E-Learning Company


Mintra Trainingportal marks Riverside's first investment in Norway

The Buyside: Contest for Digital Real Estate Continues


Companies such as Walk Score, Trulia, ZipRealty and Move Inc. have been actively pursued as M&A targets

Riverside Adds Training Factor to Grace Hill


The deal follows the PE firm's addition of LeaseHawk's education program to the real estate training company

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Video Eyewear Maker Vuzix Considers Licensing IP, More Debt


The company's accountant raised doubts about its ability to continue without liquidating because of losses and a $37.8M deficit

Apax Joins Bain to Bid $8.8B for Oi Portugal Assets


The offer starts a bidding war billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice SA

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Salon Media Looks to Raise Capital


The media company's accountant raised doubts about Salon's ability to stay in business because of recurring losses

Carlyle Leads $700M Acquisition of Dealogic


The asset manager co-invested with former Capital IQ CEO Randall Winn and Euromoney Institutional Investor

Riverside Adds LeaseHawk to Grace Hill


The companies both provide training services to real estate professionals

John Malone Gained Double Tax Break in Shifting Liberty Global’s Address from Colorado to London


Malone escaped about $200M in personal taxes, and Liberty’s U.S. shareholders together likely saved more than $1B

Finance Finesse:
Golub Grows Tech Lending Unit


A burst of growth from technology companies is behind the decision to expand the late-stage-lending unit, says Golub’s Andy Steuerman

NeoPhotonics Spends $17.5M on Emcore Assets


After selling assets to Suncore and Sumitomo, the semi-conductor maker expects the latest deal to help generate cash flow

Redfin Snatches Up Walk Score in Online Contest for Local Expertise


The deal comes amid consolidation in the online real estate space, with recent acquisitions from News Corp. and Realogy

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