ACG New York Women of Leadership - Entrepreneur Series
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley (Nasdaq: VRA), is the latest in a series of entrepreneurs highlighted at ACG New York Women of Leadership events. Photo credit: Robert Blumenfeld


GTCR, Hormel, the Riverside Co-CEOs and Others Win M&A Mid-Market Awards
Amid a slow and challenging year for dealmaking, the winners of Mergers & Acquisitions’ 7th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards outpaced the competition to grow, innovate and lead the middle market


The Buyside:
Disney, Warner Bros. Seek Next-Gen YouTubes

Traditional Hollywood studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. are seeking next-generation YouTube content providers

The Buyside

Activist Investors Dig Into Mid Market
Spurred on by the high-profile success of Carl Icahn and others, a growing crop of firms is looking further downstream

Today's Transactions:
First Reserve Closes Ameriforge Deal

The transaction is one of many energy plays made by a private equity firm in recent weeks

Private equity firm First Reserve Corp. wrapped up its purchase of Ameriforge Group Inc., a manufacturer of products and components used in a variety of industries, including energy, aerospace and transportation.

The target, based in Houston, was put up for sale by Post Oak Companies LP, an affiliate of financial sponsor Tanglewood Investments Inc.

Tanglewood, also based in Houston, hired investment bank Harris Williams & Co. to run the sale process. The team included Hiter Harris, Jeremy Eberlein, Drew Spitzer, Brian Lucas, Luke Semple, Chris Burnham and Eric O’Brien.

Terms of the transaction, which was originally announced in late November, remain undisclosed.

For more coverage on energy deals, see Mergers & Acquisitions' Special Report.

Greenwich, Conn.-based First Reserve, which raised an energy infrastructure fund in 2011 and launched a Hong Kong office, was named 2011 private equity firm of the year by Mergers & Acquisitions.


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