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M&A Rose in Q3
The first three quarters of the year delivered the highest middle-market deal value for the period in five years

Experts Corner:

Growth in Construction Sector Spurs M&A
The construction products industry is fragmented, making it ripe for consolidation, explains Ridgemont Equity Partners’ Rob Edwards

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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

Francisco Partners Buys Software Group Vendavo

– The deal underscores private equity interest in software companies

Rockefeller Group Buys Majority Stake in TA Realty

– The buyer will use TA Realty as its main investment management platform in the U.S.

TerraForm Power Adds Solar Energy Assets for $250M

– The seller, asset manager Capital Dynamics, will continue to invest in clean energy

Bregal Sagemount Upsized Fund to $650M to Provide Debt

– The New York private equity firm will now be able to provide credit options to companies, says managing partner Gene Yoon

Private Equity Perspective: Our Videos Bring You Face to Face with Dealmakers

– Watch interviews with Bertram Capital Management’s Michelle Chao and others from ACG LA, M&A East and Midwest ACG Capital Connection

Blackstone Grabs Philadelphia Financial Group as Financial Services Sector Consolidates

– Recent financial services deals have also come from Ares and North Street Global

L.B. Foster Buys Balfour Beatty Railway Unit

– The deal gives the buyer more track-lubrication products and an increased presence in Europe

Warburg Pincus Invests $92M in Drug Ingredient Maker Laurus Labs

– The investment follows pharmaceutical deals from Capicor and OnCore Biopharma

Snow Phipps Closes Deal for PE-Backed Teasdale Foods

– The transaction follows better-for-you food deals by Chaucer Food and Centre Partners

The Buyside: Germans Bet Big on U.S. Targets

– U.S. companies, including Dresser-Rand and Sigma-Aldrich, are attractive targets for German companies

Madison Square Garden Mulls Plan to Split Into 2 Companies

– The $2B purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers by former Microsoft CEO Ballmer -- almost four times the previous record paid for an NBA team -- was one catalyst for the board’s decision, sources said

Regal Entertainment Shares Jump as Cinema Chain Considers Sale

– A sale would mark the biggest deal yet in an industry that’s been consolidating for years

Turnaround Tuesday: Troubled Digital Marketing Group Viggle Raises Cash

– The company has made several acquisitions, including Choose Digital in June

Chaucer Food Invests in Crunchies, Adding to Health-Food M&A

– The deal follows better-for-you snack purchases by Centre Partners and Atlantic Natural Foods

Distressed Company Watch List

– See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as going concerns in SEC filings, including Lucid Inc. and New Media

Leica Biosystems Adds GTCR-Backed Devicor Medical Products

– GTCR built the company after taking over the Mammotome brand breast-care business from Johnson & Johnson in 2010

People Moves of the Week: PwC, Snell & Wilmer, Kreller Group

– PwC has a new U.S. financial services leader; Snell & Wilmer names Matthew Feeney chairman; Kreller Group hires Odice exec

Centre Partners Invests in Stonewall Kitchen

– The move follows food deals by Atlantic Natural and TPG Growth

Gryphon Buys Summer's Eve Owner in Latest OTC Deal

– The transaction follows Prestige Brands' acquisition of Monistat owner Insight Pharmaceuticals in September

Cutrale, Safra Agree to Buy Chiquita for $681M

– Chiquita, which traces its roots to an 1870 shipment of Jamaican bananas to New Jersey, also produces salad under the Fresh Express brand

PE Was Never the Right Suitor for Cosmetics Company Essie, Founder Essie Weingarten Says

– Essie Weingarten, founder of the nail polish line, and former CEO Max Sortino, spoke about building the company before its sale to L'Oreal at ACG New York's Consumer Brands Conference

Finance Finesse:
Golub Grows Tech Lending Unit

– A burst of growth from technology companies is behind the decision to expand the late-stage-lending unit, says Golub’s Andy Steuerman

6 Companies For Sale

– See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Vitamin Shoppe and Full House Resorts

The Weekly Wrap: Olson, Cleco, Carol's Daughter

– ICF picks up Olson; Macquarie acquires Cleco; L'Oreal USA picks up Carol's Daughter

MTS Health Buys Stake in MyNexus

– The PE firm, having recently sold Florida Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology, continues to buy health care properties

Siris Snatches Up E-Commerce Company

– Serial acquirer Digital River provides services to big-name clients, including HarperCollins, Mattel, Spotify, Adobe and Microsoft

Secure All Rights to Your Brand Before Pitching to Strategic Buyers

– Chris Elshaw, former COO Revlon’s consumer productions division, and others offer advice at ACG NY’s Consumer Brands Conference

AMC Networks Buys Half of BBC America to Bolster Pay-TV Leverage

– The deal brings BBC America series like “Doctor Who,” “Top Gear” and “Orphan Black” under the same roof as AMC shows that include “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men”

Fifth Street Scraps U.S. IPO, Citing Volatile Market

– The S&P 500 fell 3 percent in the days after Fifth Street, founded by Leonard Tannenbaum, set the terms for a public debut on Oct. 9

WhiteWave Put in Play by More Consumers Eating Organic Food

– WhiteWave Foods and Boulder Brands are deemed ideal takeover targets for General Mills after acquisition of Annie’s

NeoPhotonics Spends $17.5M on Emcore Assets

– After selling assets to Suncore and Sumitomo, the semi-conductor maker expects the latest deal to help generate cash flow

LLR Invests in Phreesia Payment Services

– The private equity firm inked the deal with existing investors, HLM Venture Partners and Ascension Ventures

Team Health Takes Over Premier Physician

– Health care provider groups have been merging throughout 2014, with recent purchases made by PC The Hospitalist Co. Inc. and LifePoint Healthcare

RLJ-Equity Backed LAI Picks Up Precision Parts Maker

– Zak is the latest components maker to be sold following Crown Precision and Waples Manufacturing

Comcast Profit Beats Estimates as Approval for $45.2B Time Warner Takeover Gets Delayed

– The FCC has stopped the clock in its review and suspended deadlines for comments in the Comast-Time Warner deal, as well as AT&T’s agreement to purchase DirecTV