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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

People Moves of the Week

Brown Gibbons Lang, Cantor Fitzgerald, Wilmington Trust
Brown Gibbons Lang taps corporate M&A specialist; Cantor Fitzgerald names head of media investment banking; Wilmington Trust brings in BNY Mellon vets Julie Balerna and Deb Daniello

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Mergers & Acquisitions, Latest News

Dollar General Boosts Family Dollar Offer in Takeover Tussle

– The sweetened proposal escalates a bidding war against Dollar Tree Inc., whose $8.5 billion offer at $74.50 a share in July Family Dollar has favored

Beacon Roofing Adds All Weather Products in Latest Building Products Deal

– The acquisition follows similar deals by Kodiak Building Partners and Argosy Private Equity

Riverside Adds to Craft Beer M&A with Uinta Investment

– The move comes as other companies, including Anheuser-Busch, look to capitalize on the popularity of craft beer

3i Invests $110M in Audax-Backed A&A Manufacturing

– The deal should help A&A expand in Europe and Asia

The Weekly Wrap: Oak Hill, Amazon, Brentwood

– Oak Hill picks up Berlin Packaging; Amazon acquires Twitch; Brentwood picks up Marshall Retail

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

– See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including Blackstone, Carlyle and Related Energy

7 Companies for Sale

– See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Ann Inc. and Heinold Hog Markets

KKR, Borealis Buy 9 Shipping Vessels

– The two companies, through Embarcadero Maritime, have invested about $100M on 27 vessels

Tau Therapeutics and Xdynia Merge into Cancer/Neurology Group

– The move comes as drug companies have been looking to acquire innovative cancer treatments

AllOver Media Adds Gas Station Radio

– In May, AllOver Media bought Trans Media Group

Covidien Picks up Medical Device Maker Sapheon

– The buyer won Mergers & Acquisitions M&A Mid-Market Strategic Buyer of the Year award for 2012 after a string of medical device purchases

Alcon Buys WaveTec Vision

– Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Thomas H. Lee have also recently participated in eye-care deals

Roper Buys IPA from Riverside Partners

– The deal follows health care transactions from Genstar Capital and Graham Partners

Bob Diamond’s Atlas Mara Seeking More Southern-Africa Deals

– The announcement comes about a year after Diamond and Ugandan entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar raised $325M in an IPO

Brentwood Picks up PE-Backed Marshall Retail Group

– This is the second time seller ICV has exited the casino and airport retailer, after selling it in 2005 and repurchasing it in 2008

PE-Backed DLC Buys Beacon Resources

– The deal combines two California financing and accounting staffing firms

Radiant Oil Takes Over Gulf Coast Energy Project

– Other recent oil and gas transactions have come from Riverstone, Barlcays Natural, Temasek and Valero

Google Buys Visual-Effects Company Zync to Boost Cloud Tools

– Zync's technology lets studios create enhanced scenes and graphics for movies -- such as such as “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Looper” -- via the Internet

J.H. Whitney Buys Aerospace Parts Group

– The deal follows other aerospace transactions by Valence Technologies and Vance Street Capital

Turnaround Tuesday: EveryWare Subsidiary Sells Unit to Hilco

– The sale comes after the company got a $20M PE investment

Riverstone, Barclays, Temasek Invest $525M in Norwegian Oil Exploration Company

– The move comes after Riverstone partnered with KKR to form an oil company

Distressed Company Watch List

– See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as going concerns in SEC filings, including Altair and Sunwin Stevia

Riverside Adds to Deal Spree with DMA Acquisition

– Earlier this month Riverside bought two e-learning companies, Lixipol and Grace Hill

Roche to Buy InterMune for $8.3B, Adding Lung Drug

– The agreement reflects Roche’s confidence in pirfenidone, potentially the first drug in the U.S. for a rare lung disease that typically kills in five years

Burger King to Buy Tim Hortons Chain for About $11.4B

– The purchase gives Burger King access to a coffee brand with a cult following, which may help boost breakfast sales

Amazon Said to Buy Twitch for $1B as Google Bid Fails

– The deal, the largest in Amazon’s 20-year history, gives it an online forum of 45 million monthly active users, where people discuss games or watch other gamers as they play

CPI Card Group to Acquire EFT Source

– The acquisition would allow CPI to expand its offerings for small and medium-sized banks

Sonata Software Buys Travel Software Rezopia

– The Indian IT company is also pickig up Xyka, the primary service provider to Rezopia's software

People Moves of the Week: Brown Gibbons Lang, Cantor Fitzgerald, Wilmington Trust

– Brown Gibbons Lang taps corporate M&A specialist; Cantor Fitzgerald names head of media investment banking; Wilmington Trust brings in BNY Mellon vets Julie Balerna and Deb Daniello

Crimson Investment Closes Aqua-Chem Deal

– The transaction marks an exit for Altus Capital Partners, which invested in the water-treatment company in 2006

Sonoco Pays $383M for Weidenhammer Packaging

– The move comes during a period of increased consolidation in the industry, with other transactions by Oak Hill Capital and Rhone Capital

Oak Hill Picks Up Berlin Packaging from Investcorp

– The $1.43B deal follows a series of packaging acquisitions, including Oak Hill's exit from Jacobson

Burger King Mulls Tim Hortons Deal in Tax-Saving Canada Move

– The combined business would have about $22 billion in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries

Dynegy to Buy Duke, Energy Capital Plants for $6.25B

– CEO Robert Flexon has been rebuilding Dynegy through acquisitions since guiding the company through bankruptcy

Clayton Dubilier & Rice Invests $600M in Energy-Services Provider CHC

– The PE firm, which owns David's Bridal and John Deere Landscapes, will control 45 percent of the energy-services company