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Corporate Interest Tax Deduction Cut Would Create “Significant Risks” for the Middle Market
Eliminating the CIT deduction would lead to a 6.3 percent drop in equity value for U.S. middle-market companies, finds new study conducted by RGL Forensics and the ACG

New Hires and Promotions

People Moves: Bradley, Herzberg, Medor
Keith Bradley is Swiss Watch's new CEO; Uri Herzberg gets promoted at Debevoise; Rich Medor (pictured) gets hired by Accordion Partners

Private Equity

PE Firms Fundraising: Carlyle Asia, KKR Americas and Others
Sequel Capital is also raising a fund

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Influential Women

Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 25 leading female transaction professionals, including Jeri Harman, founder of Avante Mezzanine Partners

Mid-Market Awards

Mergers & Acquisitions Names Winners of the 9th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards

Mergers & Acquisitions, Latest News

Post Oak Closes Third Fund, as Energy Industry Struggles to Regroup

– The PE firm has invested in Balcones Energy Holdings, Crown Oil Partners and Mavros Minerals

TransDigm Adds Behrman-Backed Aircraft Components Maker DDC

– Other aerospace purchases have come from AE Industrial Partners, Liberty Hall and MTS Systems

Short-Term Future Not So Bright for Manufacturing

– Tightening credit, volatile energy prices, and uncertainty about the November elections, continue to hamper M&A expectations

Siris Capital Stays Active, Takes Mobile Software Developer Xura Private

– After the PE firm raised its third fund, Siris recently completed its buyout of PGI

MidOcean Adds Luggage Supplier in Time for Summer Travel

– The purchase of Travelpro follows Samsonite’s agreement to buy Tumi

Ares Capital Buys American Capital, as Mid-Market Lenders Fill Financing Gap

– “The growing demand for capital from middle-market borrowers has created the need for flexible capital providers like us to fill the financing gap,” says Ares Management president Mike Arougheti

Bayer Reveals Price and Other Details on Monsanto Bid

– M&A is reshaping the crop and seed industry, including DuPont and Dow Chemical’s plan to merge and carve out a crop-science unit and lots of activity in the middle market

National Security Essential to Cross-Border M&A

– In this guest article, BDO’s John Lash says defense and security companies are most likely to come under scrutiny

AE Industrial Partners Acquires Aerospace Parts Manufacturer AC&A

– Deal follows the PE firm’s purchases of Belcan and Kellstrom

Harvest Partners Picks Up Acquisitive Dermatologist Platform from Audax

– Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery completed 40 acquisitions since Audax bought it in 2011

ACG Selects New Board Members, Names J.B. Dollison Vice Chair

– RGL Forensics’ Angie MacPhee will serve as finance chair and Huron’s Gretchen Perkins as corporate secretary

The Weekly Wrap: Hormel, Lincoln Electric, Pfizer

– Hormel buys Justin's; Lincoln Electric adds Vizient; Pfizer acquires Anacor

PE Firms Fundraising: Carlyle Asia, KKR Americas and Others

– Sequel Capital is also raising a fund

Auto Supplier Grakon, Backed by IGP, Acquires Hamsar Diversco

– Deal follows acquisitions from Rotunda Capital, Trivest Partners, Highland Partners and Roark Capital

PE-Backed US Foods Intensifies Acquisition Spree in Wake of Sysco Deal Failure

– Since the Sysco merger fell through, the KKR and CD&R-backed buyer bought Cara Donna, Dierks Waukesha and Food Genius

Technip Bets on Oil Industry Recovery with FMC Merger

– Range Resources agreed to buy Memorial Resource, as the sector looks to bounce back after a deep drop in oil prices

Bayer Bids For Monsanto, as Chemical Producers Receive Buyer Demand

– Advent acquired Viakem, Dow Chemical and DuPont plan to merge, and Lariat backed Willowood

Genstar Backs Real Estate Software Provider Accruent

– Retailers such as Abercrombie, American Apparel and Sears have been facing challenges with their real estate holdings

Hormel Grows Grocery Segment with Organic Nut Butter Maker

– The addition of Justin’s continues Hormel’s strategy to expand outside of meats, including its purchases of CytoSport and Skippy

Philip Falcone’s HC2 Makes Unsolicited Bid for Struggling Grain Merchant Andersons

– Medium-sized, independent grain handlers like Andersons may be a good fit for the agricultural units of Glencore and Chinese group Cofco

CD&R Picks Up Zest and Other Brands from Brynwood

– High Ridge Brands distributes popular personal care products, such as Zest, Alberto VO5, White Rain, Coast, and Rave

Office Depot Hires Bain, Considers Acquisitions and Sale of European Ops

– CEO Roland Smith tells investors “the future success of Office Depot will require bold new action”

Mid-Market M&A Tumbled in First Quarter to Lowest Point Since 2009

– Tightening credit and the uncertainty of an election year shrank Q1 deal volume to levels last seen in the wake of the Lehman Bros. collapse

Range Buys Memorial Resource, as Demand for Natural Gas Exports Grows

– Duke Energy and TransCanada have also made deals in the energy sector

AT&T Boosts DirecTV Mobile with Purchase of Madison Dearborn-Backed Quickplay

– The addition of the video streamer follows acquisitions from Amazon Web Services and Rovi

Warren Buffett’s Bid for Yahoo: All About Media Assets

– Buffett backed Capital Cities/ABC Inc. in the 1980s, and current holdings include dozens of newspapers and a Miami TV station

Lincoln Electric Expands Global Reach with Robot Maker

– The purchase of Vizient comes after Arlington, Auris and Rockwell announced deals in the sector

Pfizer Buys Eczema Drugmaker Anacor, After the Allergan Deal Fell Apart

– Pfizer, which is also considering a split of the company, says it will look for acquisitions

Mylan Follows up Meda Deal with Purchase of Topical Creams

– The acquisition of the RoundTable Healthcare-backed assets comes after Bristol-Myers and Gilead announced plans to buy pharmaceutical targets

The Weekly Wrap: Clearlake, Dean Foods, JAB Beech

– Clearlake invests in Vision Solutions; Dean Foods buys Friendly's retail ice cream; JAB Beech purchases Krispy Kreme

PE Firms Fundraising: Apax, Torquest and Others

– TPG Partners is also raising a fund

Distressed Company Watch List: Ambac Financial, ERHC Energy, TransAKT

– See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as a going concern in SEC filings, including ERHC Energy, which is holding discussions with potential investment advisory and financial brokerage firms

P&G Continues Brands Sell-Off with Fragrance Sale to Elizabeth Arden

– Christina Aguilera perfume deal follows asset sales to Coty, Henkel and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway

Clearlake Capital Buys Data Protection Software Provider from Thoma Bravo

– Similar deals have come from SuperCom and TA Associates

People Moves: Bradley, Herzberg, Medor

– Keith Bradley is Swiss Watch's new CEO; Uri Herzberg gets promoted at Debevoise; Rich Medor (pictured) gets hired by Accordion Partners