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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

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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

Roundtable

Financial Services Companies Heat Up M&A Market
Speakers from Flexpoint Ford, Genstar Capital, Baird Capital, Madison Capital Funding and Katten Muchin Rosenman discuss the various factors playing a role in M&A activity within the financial services space

Expert's Corner

Pursuing Pharma Manufacturing
The fragmented pharmaceutical manufacturing industry provides plenty of opportunities for private equity investors, says JLL Partners founder Paul Levy

Today’s Transactions
Houghton Mifflin Acquires Webster’s and CliffsNotes

The deal adds to the education M&A trend

In another education M&A deal, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Trade & Reference division will purchase John Wiley & Son’s Inc.’s (NYSE: JWA, JWB) culinary portfolio, which includes Webster’s New World Dictionary and CliffsNotes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


John Wiley and Sons’ cookbook collection includes the Betty Crocker series, Better Homes and Gardens and How to Cook Everything. The deal was announced Nov. 8.

John Wiley and Sons on Nov. 6 agreed to buy Efficient Learning Systems, an electronic learning system provider, for $24 million. On Oct. 2 John Wiley and sons also agreed to buy Deltak.edu LLC, a Chicago-based online education company, for $220 million.

The transaction is part of an education M&A trend evidenced by deals such as the Riverside Co.’s purchase of Learning Seat, Echo 360 Inc.’s purchase of Lecture Tools Inc. and Pivotal Group’s purchase of Pan Am Education.

 

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