Mid-Market Awards

Piper Jaffray More Than Doubled Dealflow to Gain INVESTMENT BANK OF THE YEAR
The bank’s acquisitions of Edgeview Partners and Partnership Capital helped propel growth


M&A Momentum Accelerated in March
Falling fuel prices, rising consumer confidence and potential interest rate hikes are among factors behind dealmaker enthusiasm

Mid-Market Awards

Jones Day Deepened M&A Bench to Score LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
The law firm added M&A attorneys in high-growth areas, including Europe, Latin America and the energy sector

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Mergers & Acquisitions, Latest News

Nautic Buys Source4Teachers as Education M&A Persists

– Sterling Partners and LinkedIn have also shown interest in the education space

Baird Capital Invests in Medical Device Services with Alpha Source

– An influx of patients from the Affordable Care Act has caused providers to increase services

People Moves of the Week: Carlyle, Sidley Austin, Duff & Phelps

– Carlyle taps former Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke; Duff & Phelps names new managing director; Sidley Austin hires cross-border specialist

TPG Capital-Led Group Agrees to Buy Canada’s Cirque du Soleil

– Guy Laliberté, the billionaire founder of the Montreal performance group best known for “O” and other Las Vegas headline acts, will hold onto a stake

Anchor Equity, KKR Snag Groupon's Ticket Monster

– Groupon bought e-commerce company Ticket Monster from Living Social in 2013

Raytheon Teams with Vista Equity Partners to Form Cybersecurity Company as Threats Rise

– The deal calls for Raytheon to acquire Websense from the PE firm

The Pace of Middle-Market M&A Held Steady in the First Quarter

– Kindred’s takeover of Gentiva in the health care sector and Adobe’s purchase of Fotolia in the tech sector were among the many deals to close in Q1

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

– See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including Gridiron Capital and MidOcean Partners

The Weekly Wrap: Gulfport Energy, Builders FirstSource, Eclipse Aerospace

– Gulfport Energy buys Paloma Partners; Builders FirstSource acquires ProBuild Holdings; Eclipse Aerospace merges with Kestrel Aircraft

4 Companies for Sale

– See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including CitiFX Pro and Avon Products' North American business segment

Acuity Brands Continues Growth with ByteLight Buy

– The buyer last picked up energy management company Distech Controls and wireless controls maker Adura Technologies

IBM Expands Health Care Data Segment with Explorys

– On the heels of buying Phytel and AlchemyAPI, IBM completes another software deal

KeyCorp Likely to Pursue More Small Banks

– After purchasing Pacific Crest and Elan Financial's credit card business, the Cleveland holding company is expected to continue investing in the payments space

Following March Acquisition, Genstar Capital Invests in Boyd

– The firm recently invested in Mercer Advisors and Tri-Delta Plastics

Health Care Tech Providers Medytox and CollabRx to Merge

– KPMG and Digirad have also made health-care technology buys recently

With New Fund, Thoma Bravo Will Bid on Bigger Software Deals

– The firm won Deal of the Year for its 2014 purchase of TravelClick. Pictured: Orlando Bravo, managing partner

Etsy IPO Values Crafts Seller as EBay Takeover Target

– Topping the list of potential acquirers is EBay, whose marketplace will need an avenue for expansion after it’s separated from the PayPal division

Bubble Wrap Owner Expands Robot Unit with Intellibot

– Sealed Air sold its medical packaging unit to PE firm Mason Wells in 2013

Riverside-Backed Spectrio Picks Up Competitor

– Message On Hold provides recorded advertisements delivered to callers while waiting on phone lines

Gridiron Capital Adds to Car-Related M&A with Dent Wizard Deal

– Accella Performance and Royal Adhesives have also made acquisitions in the coatings, adhesives and sealants space recently

Nokia Bets $16.6B in Alcatel Deal Creating Network Leader

– Nokia’s biggest acquisition would result in a supplier that surpasses Ericsson and Huawei Technologies in wireless-infrastructure revenue

Health Care M&A to Skyrocket, Dealmakers Predict

– Buyers are expected to continue seeking innovations and efficiencies to meet the market needs created by the Affordable Care Act

Turnaround Tuesday: Explosive-Detection Tech Business Implant Sciences Extends Time to Pay Debt

– The company is expecting money to come in from its largest-ever order, and the maturity delay allows it to collect those funds

Oaktree Closes Pulse Electronics Take-Private Deal

– Microsemi and Alcoa have also made parts deals recently

Distressed Company Watch List

– See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as going concerns in SEC filings, including Alderon Iron and Implant Sciences

Norwest Equity Raises Mid-Market Buyout, Mezz Funds

– The firm is invested in Edge Fitness, Eyebobs, Old Hickory Smokehouse and other companies

Nokia in Talks to Acquire Network-Equipment Rival Alcatel

– In response, Ericsson could seek to combine with Juniper Networks

Sterling Underscores Education Interest with PE Fund

– The firm's previous education investments include Ashworth College, Educate Online and School of Rock

As Health Care Tech Fuels M&A, KPMG Buys Beacon Partners

– Digirad and Navigant have also made health care technology acquisitions recently. Pictured: Ralph Fargnoli, Beacon CEO

Builders FirstSource Buys PE-Backed ProBuild, as U.S. Housing Market Continues Recovery

– ProBuild was created in 2006 by Devonshire Investors, the private equity arm of Fidelity Investments

People Moves of the Week: ACG, Carlyle, Cantor Fitzgerald

– On eve of InterGrowth, ACG promotes Maggie Endres; Carlyle picks up seasoned consumer pro from P&G; Cantor Fitzgerald hires two from Canaccord

Emerging Markets PE Firm Abraaj Closes Sub-Saharan Fund

– Abraaj, the largest PE investor in the Middle East, made another investment in Turkey earlier in April

Groupon May Sell Businesses to Raise Cash

– A majority stake in Groupon’s Ticket Monster could fetch about $500 million, while smaller units might yield between $30 million and $100 million each, analysts say

M&A Momentum Accelerated in March

– Falling fuel prices, rising consumer confidence and potential interest rate hikes are among factors behind dealmaker enthusiasm

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