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Private Equity Firms Double Down on Technology Deals
Tech-focused firms, like Thoma Bravo, HGGC and ParkerGale, are raising funds, and generalists like the Riverside Co. are boosting investment in the sector

M&A

Renesas, Samsung, Verizon chase auto tech makers
Intersil, Fleetmatics and Harman are some recent targets in the sector

Fundraising

Huron Closes New Fund in 3 Months, Riding PE Fundraising Wave
The Detroit PE firm focuses on lower middle-market companies, like colorful sock maker Sabg

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Bank M&A: Strike while it is hot?

– Some advisers are urging acquirers to strike while they have strong currencies, while others are warning about the risk of overpaying. Sellers, meanwhile, must be wary of a correction after months of surging prices.

Private equity firms double down on technology deals

– Tech-focused firms, like Thoma Bravo, HGGC and ParkerGale, are raising funds, and generalists like the Riverside Co. are boosting investment in the sector.

Energy M&A expected to zoom, benefitting from anticipated reduction in regulations

– Survey respondents say deregulation efforts will boost domestic oil projects

The weekly wrap: Accella, B. Riley, Restaurant Brands

– Arsenal-backed Accella buys Covestro’s U.S. foam division; B. Riley purchases FBR; Burger King owner Restaurant Brands buys Popeyes

PE firms fundraising: Bregal Sagemount and Oaktreee

– Tecum Capital Partners is also raising a fund

Why credit funds could be the next wave in M&A financing

– The Carlyle Group, CRG and Ted Koenig-led Monroe Capital raised credit funds recently.

Carlyle raises fourth distressed fund, as PE firms continue fundraising

– Audax, Monroe, NXT and Vector Capital are among the private equity firms raising capital

Index of M&A activity: January composite at 51.9

– The score that measures new transaction leads was 17 points higher than the previous January, indicating a full pipeline of potential deals

Arsenal-backed Accella buys Covestro’s U.S. foam division for residential construction

– Arsenal Capital closed a $1.3 billion private equity fund in October 2016

B. Riley buys investment bank FBR in a merger; financial services M&A picks up

– Aon, Bain Capital Credit, Lucia Capital and Mercer made strategic moves within the sector

Burger King buys Popeyes to expand customer base

– Burger King has been looking for acquisitions since it merged with Tim Hortons three years ago

Warren Buffett takes his own advice in walking away from Unilever bid

– Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital own half of Kraft Heinz, which “amicably” withdrew the offer for the maker of Lipton teas, Knorr soup and Axe deodorant

Kraft Heinz spurned in Unilever takeover bid

– Kraft Heinz was formed through a combination of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and investment firm 3G Capital, which had teamed up two years earlier to buyout of H.J. Heinz

Belgium's Sonaca buys aerospace parts designer LMI for U.S. expansion

– AEI, Aircraft Technical, Golden Gate, Liberty Hall and Platte River recently acquired aerospace industry suppliers

The weekly wrap: Bregal Sagemount, Riverside Partners, Softbank

– Bregal Sagemount purchases Single Digits; Riverside Partners purchases MRA; Softbank buys Fortress Investment Group

PE firms fundraising: JMK Consumer Growth and Soundcore Capital

– Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies is also raising a fund

One Equity Partners bolsters W.W. Williams with truck maintenance service ASH

– Carl Icahn, Driven Brands, Platte River and Ridgemont have all made deal s in the repair services sector

High Road Capital buys doorknob supplier Midwest, planning to expand its geographic footprint

– Dormakaba and Ridgemont has recently purchased door-related companies

Audax-backed schwag distributor Halo buys corporate rewards program developer MCF

– Accent Food, Laborie Medical and RelaDyne were recently acquired by the Boston PE firm

Banks, credit unions queue up for acquisitions of advisory practices, RIAs

– Raymond James-affiliated MainSource Bank and Salem Five Bank have made deals in the space

Colfax subsidiary Esab buys welding tool maker Arc Machines from Marwit Capital

– Berkshire Hathaway, CI Capital, Graycliff, LFM and Liberty Hall are recent buyers of metal and welding equipment businesses

SoftBank, led by CEO Masayoshi Son, buys Fortress Investment Group to help grow Vision fund

– The deal comes as the federal government looks to dismantle post-recession rules, which is expected to drive financial services M&A

Bregal Sagemount backs Internet access provider Single Digits; SaaS deals carry on

– Single Digits, led by CEO Robert Goldstein, gives mobile users access to broadband Internet access in public spaces

Riverside Partners adds to healthcare tech M&A with purchase of MRA

– Transactions for medical payment service providers include dealmakers such as Equian, HGGC and Riverside Co

Aetna, Humana abandon merger blocked by judge

– Anthem is still planning on moving forward with the Cigna deal, despite regulatory challenges

Chinese auto part makers buy U.S. counterparts to expand relationships with manufacturers

– Suppliers to Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen are some of the buyers in the space

Renesas, Samsung, Verizon chase auto tech makers

– Intersil, Fleetmatics and Harman are some recent targets in the sector

Genstar-backed Mercer expands advisory business with Duckworth Wealth Advisors

– The target, led by founder Michael Duckworth, increases Mercer’s client assets to approximately $9.6 billion

TA Associates backs payments processor Retriever, as medical tech drives deals

– Auris Surgical, MedData, McKesson, Thoma Bravo and Zimmer Biomet have engaged in healthcare technology deals

Banks may get back in the M&A game if field clears of post-recession rules

– “It’s a new day and we’re very excited about it,” says BB&T CEO Kelly King

Elementis buys antiperspirant supplier SummitReheis from One Rock Capital to scale personal care business

– Advent, Bayer AG, CenterOak and FMC recently acquired chemical businesses

Vector Capital closes $1.4 billion fund, as more PE firms target tech deals

– Vector backs dozens of tech companies, such as Technicolor, used in many films, including Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea starring Casey Affleck

The weekly wrap: CyrusOne, Sterling Group. Thomson Reuters

– CyrusOne buys Sentinel Data Centers; Sterling Group backs Time Manufacturing; Thomson Reuters adds Clarient

PE firms fundraising: Centerfield Capital and Fidus Equity

– Wilsquare Capital is also raising a fund

Lysol Maker Reckitt Benckiser Buys Enfamil Owner Mead Johnson to Expand in Baby Food

– Nestle purchased Pfizer’s baby-formula unit in 2012, and Danone acquired baby-food maker Numico in 2007