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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

D.A. Davidson, Ropes & Gray, William Blair
D.A. Davidson brings in two M&A vets; Ropes & Gray hires partner; William Blair names Todd Speece head of West Coast equity capital markets

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Scott Irvin

Firm: KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

In the news: People Moves of the Week: Berkshire Partners, WeiserMazars, Keybanc



Mergers & Acquisitions, Latest News

Rockwell Collins Scouting for More Deals After Arinc Buy Bolsters Sales

– The aerospace company is looking to expand its connected airplane portfolio with data product providers

The Weekly Wrap: AdvancePierre Foods, Hosen Capital, Kinder Morgan

– AdvancePierre Foods buys Landshire; Hosen Capital acquires meat distributor Ruprecht Co; Kinder Morgan inks natural gas deal

SkyMall Lands in Bankruptcy and Explores Sale as In-Flight Shopping Changes

– New technology, competition from Amazon and the cost of getting the magazine on planes made the traditional in-flight catalog unattractive to airlines

4 Companies For Sale

– See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Orbitz Worldwide and Salix Pharmaceuticals

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

– See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including SaaS Capital Partners, HudCo and Lone Star

Roper Takes Over Strata Decision Technology From VSS

– The acquisition highlights the continuing integration of tech companies and health care services via M&A

New Balance Teams with Berkshire to Buy Rockport from Adidas

– The deal follows the sale of several other well-known shoe brands, including Stuart Weitzman, Brian Atwood, Dolce Vita and Aerosoles

Beijing PE Firm Gobbles Up U.S. Beef Company Ruprecht

– Hosen Capital is one of several Chinese companies looking for food distribution deals

Amazon Agrees to Buy Israel’s Annapurna Labs for AWS Cloud Unit

– The chip developer is owned by technology entrepreneur Avigdor Willenz, who previously sold Galileo Technology to Marvell Technology Group

KKR Agrees to Buy Thetrainline.com From Exponent Private Equity

– Trainline is the largest provider of rail tickets in the U.K.

Exceeding Target, Landmark Closes $3.25B Secondaries Fund

– NGP Energy and Five Point Capital have also recently closed private equity funds

Cal Net Technology Bulks Up IT Offerings with Velocity Network

– Monroe Capital increased Cal Net’s loan to support the acquisition

Pipeline Tycoon Kinder Expands Into Bakken With $3B Deal

– The deal gives Kinder Morgan a foothold in the Baaken shale formation

Energy PE Firm First Reserve Invests in Oklahoma Wind Project

– The PE firm is investing from its second fund, which closed in June

Guest Article: Sellers Need to Mind the GAAP

– Many post-closing disputes are attributable to the timing of transaction closings and other factors

Victory Park Invests $227M, Earmarked for Assetz Capital Loans

– Assetz Capital is just one of many lenders trying to take advantage of an opening to lend to small businesses

Sandwich Maker AdvancePierre Buys Landshire's Manufacturing Business

– The buyer is backed by Oaktree Capital

Madison Dearborn Adds to Home Health Care M&A with Walgreens Infusion Business

– Harvest Partners-backed AxelaCare has also been building up a home-based infusion network, acquiring Ambient Healthcare and Advanced Care

After Missing Interest Payment, Struggling Energy Co. Ivanhoe Works To Restructure

– The oil company is carrying a $570M deficit and is facing Nasdaq delisting if its stock price doesn't increase

Most Active 2014 Mid-Market Investment Banks
by Volume and Value

– Stifel/KBW and JP Morgan advised on the most completed middle-market transactions

Finance Finesse: SEC Step Equalizes BDCs

– New regulations clear up a bit of arcana, and makes the rules consistent for all BDCs, says SBIA president Brett Palmer

People Moves of the Week: Ziegler, JMI Equity, Carl Marks

– Ziegler sets up PE segment with Contemporary Healthcare Capital co-founder Eric Smith; JMI Equity shakes up roster; Carl Marks promotes three

Distressed Company Watch List

– See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as going concerns in SEC filings, including Ivanhoe Energy and Streamtrack

TA Associates Adds Access Technology Group

– The deal marks an exit for London firm Lyceum Capital, which backed the software group since 2011

GTCR Partners With Adams Outdoor to Buy PE-Backed Fairway Media

– Advertising group Adams picks up a minority stake in the deal

Twitter Snaps Up India Startup ZipDial to Deliver Content to Mobile Devices

– Procter & Gamble and Walt Disney Co. have used ZipDial to market products

10 Years of Mid-Market Leveraged Buyouts

– There were more middle-market LBOs in 2014 than in the previous year but far fewer than in high-flying 2007

Insurance Firms Find Bigger May Be Better

– Riding the tide of consolidation in the financial services industry, middle-market insurance companies are merging

The Weekly Wrap: AmerisourceBergen, Robert Bosch, Omega

– AmerisourceBergen buys MWI Veterinary Supply; Robert Bosch acquires Climatec; Omega grabs M&M Environmental

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

– See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including PineBridge, Ridgewood Energy and FGI

2 Companies for Sale

– See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Wheaton Industries

Wet Seal Joins March of Clothing Retailers Filing Bankruptcy

– The retailer is one of many, including Delia's, Deb Shops and Body Central, to close stores as part of a restructuring process

NGP Energy Capital Closes $5.3B Fund

– The deal comes one day after Five Point Capital closed an energy-focused PE fund

Startup Funding in 2014 Year Was Biggest Since 2000

– Venture capitalists, such as Andreessen Horowitz’s Marc Andreessen (pictured), Benchmark’s Bill Gurley and Breyer Capital’s Jim Breyer, warn that the good times may not last

Month-by-Month Look at 5 Years of Mid-Market M&A

– July came in first place for deal value in 2014, generating $31.8 billion in closed deals, while October generated the most volume