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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

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How to Leverage Social Media in Dealmaking
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Mergers & Acquisitions, Latest News

Cirrus Logic Closes $467M Wolfson Microelectronics Deal

– Harman also recently made an audio acquisition, picking up AMX in May

Duke LifePoint Healthcare Acquires Conemaugh Health System in Latest Consolidation of Physician Groups

– The buyer has also committed $425 million to invest in systems and services for health care providers

PE-Backed Skillsoft Adds to E-Learning M&A with SumTotal Buy

– The transaction marks an exit for Vista Equity Partners, which made four add-on acquisitions to SumTotal since 2009

Arcadis Builds Up with PE-backed Architecture Firm Callison

– The move follows design firm Foster + Partners' purchase of full company control from 3i

Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General Bid on Antitrust Issue

– The Dollar General offer would merge the two largest dollar-store chains in the U.S., creating a fleet of almost 20,000 stores

Bain Strolls Away with 50 Percent Stake in Toms, As Consolidation Continues in Shoes

– Founder Blake Mycoskie will continue to own the other 50 percent of the company known for slip-on shoes and charitable contributions

JMI Closes $1B Fund in Robust Fundraising Climate

– JMI recently invested in software company Sirius Decisions

Penske Media Picks up Women's Wear Daily From Condé Nast

– The $100M deal comes after the buyer spent about $25M for Variety

Longitude Venture and NovaQuest Grab California Cryobank

– The target provides frozen donor sperm and specialized reproductive services

Riverside Invests in Education Company Grace Hill

– The purchase comes after Riverside divested OnCourse Learning in March

PE-Backed Ventures Technology Merges with 2 Competitors

– Ventures Technology expects to make more acquisitions

New York Islanders Get New Minority Owners to Take Control of the NHL Team in Two Years

– Former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin reached will replace Chinese software entrepreneur Charles Wang as majority owner

U.S. TMT Companies Exit Ch. 11 with Less Value

– Tech, media and telecom is slated to out-pace the overall market but not the health care or manufacturing sectors

Turnaround Tuesday: Ethanol Maker Heron Lake Refinances After Default

– The company's lower-than-expected levels of working capital and losses caused Heron Lake's accountant to raise doubts about the company's ability to continue without liquidation

Genesis HealthCare and Skilled Healthcare Merge in All-Stock Deal

– Genesis shareholders will take a majority stake in the combined company

TA Invests in SkinnyPop in Latest Healthy Snack Deal

– Investors are focusing on better-for-you snack brands as consumer eating habits shift. Previous targets include Flagstone Foods and Rickland Orchards

Natural Resource Pays $205M for VantaCore to Diversify Offerings

– The target is being sold by Trilantic Capital Partners, Kayne Anderson Energy, Hartz Alternative and Corridor Private Holdings

Fosun Said to Pursue Deal for Swiss Re’s Aurora in the U.S.

– Backed by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, Fosun is on an acquisition spree that has ranged from Australian energy companies to New York city office buildings

Distressed Company Watch List

– See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as going concerns in SEC filings, including Heron Lake, NII and University General Health

Hitachi Metals Eyes More M&A After $1.3B Wisconsin Deal

– The move follows announced purchases of two metals businesses in India and an alloy operation from Mitsubishi Materials Corp.

Mexichem Picks Up PE-backed Dura-Line for $630M

– The target is being sold by PE firm CHS Capital

Constellation Brands Grabs Casa Noble Tequila

– Rock legend Carlos Santana is one of the target's investors

Sequential Brands Adds Linens 'N Things, And1 to Brand Portfolio

– The company picked up brand-owner Galaxy from Carlyle, which now owns a 15 percent stake in Sequential

Sensata Buys Madison Dearborn-Backed Schrader for $1B

– The purchase price works out to nearly 10 times Schrader’s estimated 2015 stand-alone Ebitda

Bregal Teams with Dental Partners to Buy Dentistry Practices

– Other recent dental deals have come from Citic Capital, Blue Sea Capital and Huron Capital

Mednax Adds Baird-Backed Billing Technology Group

– The physician group is expanding in the health care space with the acquisition of MedData

People Moves of the Week: BakerHostetler, Evercore, Grant Thornton

– BakerHostetler adds partners in Philadelphia and Denver; Evercore hires UBS veteran; Grant Thornton taps Ilieva Ageenko to oversee risk management practice

Dollar General Makes $9.7B Family Dollar Counterbid

– The battle for Family Dollar began after activist investors Carl Icahn and Nelson Peltz took large stakes in the retailer and then pushed for a sale

Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements Feed Consumers and Deals

– Buyers from a wide range of industries capitalize on consumer appetite for Muscle Milk, Slim-Fast, Soylent and other nutrition supplements

Orchard Grabs PE-Backed Real Estate Advisory Firm

– The target, Bock & Clark, was sold by High Street Capital

3 Companies for Sale

– See which company has recently hit the auction block, including Fifth Street Towers and Curo Health Services

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

– See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including Diversified International Partners, Harmony and PWP Growth Equity

ScanSource Expands in Latin America with $70M Network1 Buy

– Buyers have been looking to acquire middle-market companies in emerging markets, including Latin America

Steve Madden Walks Away with Dolce Vita in $60M Deal

– The purchase follows the footwear brand's acquisition of high-end shoe designer Brian Atwood

Samsung Buys Startup SmartThings to Move Into Smart Homes for Reported $200M

– Google recently purchased smart thermostat maker Nest Labs Inc. for $3.2B