Wrap Up

M&A Dips in August, but 2014 is Still Beating 2012 and 2013
Despite a summer slowdown, the first eight months of 2014 produced more completed deals than the same period in the previous two years

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

The Buyside

Tax-Inversion Deals Increase Despite Criticism
Canada's 26.5 percent corporate tax rate is luring Burger King to ditch Miami headquarters

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Mergers & Acquisitions, Latest News

Chernin-ATT Venture Buys Majority of Fullscreen Network

– The content producer behind such YouTube stars as Grace Helbig is the latest target to get scooped up by a TV-industry player looking to break into Internet programming

MGM Buys Stake in Media Companies, Hit TV Shows Survivor, the Voice

– The company is buying stakes in Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Hearst Entertainment-owned One Three Media and LightWorkers Media

Siemens to Buy Dresser-Rand for $7.6B

– Sulzer, which last week said it was in non-exclusive talks with Dresser-Rand, today said it terminated the negotiations to focus on other M&A opportunities

Change Capital, Jaffe Counsel, DLA Piper

– Change Capital names CEO of Frette; David Jaffe forms new firm; DLA Piper taps Kathryn Keneally to lead tax litigation group

Ladenburg Thalmann Makes $25M Securities Service Network Acquisition

– The firm also has transactions in the works for KMS Financial Services and assets of Sunset Financial Services

TTM Expands Circuit Board Business with $927M Viasystems Deal

– Earlier in September, Key Tronic bought printed circuit board-assembly company CDR Manufacturing

TriMas Flies Away with Allfast Fastening for $360M

– The transaction follows the company's purchases of Mac Fasteners and Lion Holdings

Insurance Industry Consolidation Continues With Latest Hub International Deal

– The insurer picked up Algentis, which provides benefits administration services to small insurers

Merck KGaA to Acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17B in Cash

– The purchase will accelerate Merck’s shift away from developing pharmaceuticals at a time when its Serono biotechnology business has struggled to create new products

Seamless to Acquire Ingram Micro's Nordic Prepaid Airtime Unit

– The deal allows Seamless to expand its mobile payment offerings, including adding a distribution channel for mobile gift cards

Manufacturing Deals Reassemble 5 Significant Sectors

– From packaging consumer products to building airplanes, manufacturing is more important than ever

Par Technology Acquires Brink Software

– The acquisition provides Par, a hospitality technology company, with a stronger foothold in the restaurant industry

The Weekly Wrap: Audax, Ridgemont Equity, RLJ Lodging

– Audax Group picks up Chase Industries; Ridgemont Equity acquires Cook & Boardman; RLJ Lodging picks up DoubleTree Grand Key Resort

4 Companies for Sale

– See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Verizon's network assets and Pods

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

– See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including Carlyle, Oaktree and Summit Investors

Evolution Capital Partners Follows June Deals with ROI Networks Investment

– The firm invested in Knowledge Center and Cascade Healthcare Services in June

Providence Pays $400M for Health Risk Assessment Group Matrix

– The acquisition allows Providence to cash in on an expanding senior population and rapidly growing Medicare market

SAP to Acquire Concur for $7.4 Billion in Cloud-Sales Boost

– SAP chief Bill McDermott races to add revenue from enterprise software delivered over the Internet as growth of traditional tools has stalled

Casino Owners Eldorado Resorts and MTR Gaming Merge

– The combined company owns casinos in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and Louisiana

In Latest Energy Services Deal, Patterson-UTI Buys Pumping Assets

– Ridgemont Equity and Clayton Dublier & Rice have also recently made energy-services investments

Pabst Brewing to Be Sold to Oasis Beverages With TSG's Backing

– Metropoulos & Co. is selling Pabst, which also brews Schlitz and Old Style beers

Bayer Plans Stock-Market Listing for Material-Science Business

– The split will leave with Bayer with units that make pharmaceuticals and crop chemicals and seeds

Audax Group Buys Sentinel-Backed Chase Industries

– The deal adds to a streak in building products transactions

In Latest Deal for Healthy Foods, WhiteWave Pays $195M for So Delicious Dairy Free

– The owner of Silk and Land O Lakes joins other companies looking to buy better-for-you food companies to meet consumer demand

New Owner of Mondavi Family Winery Buys Guilliams Vineyards

– Other recent wine deals have come from Pernod Ricard and Bacchus Capital

Charlesbank Adds PE-Backed HDT Global

– The sale of the military-equipment maker marks an exit for Metalmark Capital

In Latest Building Products Deal, Spectrum Brands Adds Tell Manufacturing

– The move follows similar acquisitions by Ridgemont Equity and Trive Capital

Sulzer Talking With Dresser-Rand About Potential Combination

– A merger would combine U.S.-based Dresser-Rand’s compressors and turbines with Sulzer’s industrial pumps to serve oil and gas customers

5 Tips for Buying a Family-Owned Business

– Family dynamics, relationships and legacies are crucial, say Kenny Gundermann and Marshall McKissak of Stephens Inc.

In Latest Broadcast Deal, Heartland Buys WTVA

– M&A for broadcasting stations continues as buyers look to make money from cable fees

HIG Capital Invests in 2 Brazilian Web Companies

– The PE firm recently exited Capstone Logistics and American Hardwood

As Medical Devices Continue to Drive Deals, Integra Adds Medtronic Units for $60M

– The instrument lines are being sold by Medtronic, which is trying to buy Covidien for $43B in controversial tax-inversion deal

Ridgemont Adds to Building Products M&A with Cook & Boardman Deal

– The PE firm 's purchase comes after similar deals by Trive Capital and Beacon Roofing

General David Petraeus Addresses ACG LA

– Former NBA commissioner David Stern delivers lunch keynote

Hormel's Purchase of Muscle Milk Maker Was Among August's Notable Deals

– The middle market closed 168 deals in August, fewer than in July