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People Moves

Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods
Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Financial Services

Banner Year for Private Equity Fundraising Bodes Well for M&A in 2017
The amount raised in 2016 was on par with 2014, the best year for PE fundraising since the financial crisis, finds Preqin; a record number of new PE funds is being marketed to investors at the start of 2017

Financing

Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs
John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

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Influential Women

The second edition of Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 35 leading female transaction professionals, including Kristina Heinze, co-founder of ParkerGale

Mid-Market Awards

Who should win Mergers & Acquisitions’ 10th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards for 2016?

Mergers & Acquisitions, Latest News

AMC Theatres Shows Confidence in Moviegoers, Buys Nordic Cinema

– 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Kohlberg, Moore Frères and Walt Disney all made deals involving the entertainment and media business recently

Silgan Buys WestRock’s Closure Business to Grow Spray Packaging

– Berry Plastics, CVC Capital, Novolex, Packaging Corp and Platinum Equity recently engaged in packaging deals

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Buys German Pipe Company Wilhelm Schulz to Expand in Europe

– Berkshire is making the acquisition through Precision Castparts

Who Should Win the 2016 M&A Mid-Market Awards? Nominations Due Jan. 31

– Audax Private Equity, led by co-CEO Geoffrey Rehnert, closed more than 100 investments and took home Mergers & Acquisitions' Private Equity Firm of the Year Award in 2015

Tech M&A Soars, as Even Old School Businesses Turn to SaaS, Cybersecurity, Etc.

– Private equity firms, like the Riverside Co., expand tech portfolios; tech-focused firms raise new funds

Thoma Bravo Buys Enterprise Software Developer Planview; SaaS M&A Continues

– Bomgar, Elemica, T2 Systems and Qlik have all been backed by Thoma Bravo

The Weekly Wrap: HP, Noble Energy, United Solutions

– HP purchases SimpliVity; Noble Energy buys Clayton Williams; United Solutions adds Newell's Rubbermaid business

PE Firms Fundraising: Huntress, Silver Point and Others

– EquityZen is also raising a fund

Trump Policies Likely to Make 2017 a Good Year for Buying Companies: Guest Article

– Paul Aversano of Alvarez & Marsal outlines developments expected to affect the M&A environment favorably under President-elect Donald Trump

Bain Capital Backs Retail Marketer Daymon Worldwide, Plans to Grow Business in Asia

– Estée Lauder, L’Oreal and Revlon have been making deals to expand in the region

Falconhead Capital Teams with M3 to Buy Kwik Tek, Maker of Airhead Wakeboards

– Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Johnson Outdoors, Norwest and Peak Rock all made outdoor-related deals

Cable One Buys TV Acquisition Firm RBI from GTCR, as Media Deals Draw Buyers

– GTCR recently purchased telecom network provider Inteliquent and formed a new trading tech provider

Retailers Snatch Up E-Commerce Sites that Deliver Customized Services

– Blue Nile, Leslie’s and PersonalizationMall.com have drawn new buyers

People Moves: Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods

– Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

ACG New York Hosts 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit; Kay Koplovitz Keynotes

– Also featured: Nanette Heide of Duane Morris, Julia Karol of the Watermill Group, Beatrice Mitchell of Sperry Mitchell and Michelle Van Hellemont

Rolling Up Medical Practices? Here are 5 Steps to Take: Guest Article

– Plante Moran partners provide advice on getting more value out of merging medical practices

Tritium Launches Portfolio Company to Pursue Data and Digital Service Investments

– Claritas, FMCG Direct, JDA Software and Mi9 have all been purchased, as buyers seek improved customer acquisition strategies and business growth

AUA Equity-Backed Indulge Desserts Swallows Gourmet Quiche Maker L&Q

– Dean Foods and Geneva Glen also purchased dessert distribution businesses

HP Purchases Software Provider SimpliVity, After Target’s Rival Goes Public

– AEI-backed Belcan, LLR Partners and Thompson Street recently made technology deals

SFEP Secures Red Monkey Foods, as Deals for Seasonings Pick Up

– Zoom Eyeworks, a manufacturer of reading glasses, was also purchased by the San Francisco-based private equity firm

L Catterton Backs Pool Products Supplier Leslie’s, Following Fund Close

– AEA and Centerbridge also invested in similar companies

Ridgemont Purchases Freight Services Provider Worldwide Express, as Logistics Deals Drive Forward

– Atlas Air, Graycliff Partners and Nascent Technology have all made deals in the sector

Noble Buys Clayton to Expand in Permian

– PDC Energy also recently made a similar acquisition in the space

Cybersecurity, SaaS Will Accelerate Tech M&A in 2017

– Companies seeking to improve efficiency in a wide range of industries will drive dealmaking in TMT, according to Mergers & Acquisitions’ monthly survey

Newell Sells Rubbermaid Storage Business, Makes Progress with Portfolio Restructuring

– The company has put the Pine Mountain and Diamond brands up for sale; has a deal in place to sell Irwin Tools to Stanley Black & Decker

The Weekly Wrap: Dun & Bradstreet, LLR Partners, Mars

– Dun & Bradstreet purchases Avention; LLR Partners backs BluVector; Mars buys VCA

PE Firms Fundraising: Hidden Harbor, Yellow Wood and Others

– Golub Capital is also raising a fund

SunBridge Backs Commercial Property Investment Firm PSC; Real Estate M&A Picks Up

– Abbell Associates, Apple Self Storage and Athena Real Estate all received investments from PSC

Thompson Street Expands Legal Software Portfolio with STI Purchase

– Harvest Partners, Hyland, Omers and Roper Tech made software deals for the legal industry

Prudential Capital Raises 5th Fund, Underscoring Strength in Mezzanine Financing

– Mezzanine debt funds ruled in 2016 with capital raises from Audax and Carlyle

Gen Cap Closes Seventh PE Fund to Back Companies in the Lower Middle Market

– Airsoft gun and outdoor equipment maker Pyramid is the first middle-market business to receive investments from the fund

"Huge, Unmet Needs" of Heart Patients Drive Medical Device M&A

– Valve replacements and other innovations entice buyers, including Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic and Teleflex

American Apparel Bankruptcy Deal Leaves Retail Future in Doubt

– The clothing company filed for bankruptcy twice in nearly a year; ousted founder Dov Charney failed to regain control of the brand

Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs

– John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

Jaguar Closes First Real Estate Fund, as PE Firms Continue Raising

– Aliansce, LatAm Logistic and Tenda have all received capital commitments from the fund