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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

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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

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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:
Vida Shoes Buys Espadrille Innovator Andre Assous

The deal follows in the footsteps of many other retail transactions

Vida Shoes International Inc. has acquired Andre Assous Co., a footwear company, follows in the footsteps of other recent retail transactions.

Andre Assous, known as the king of espadrilles, is based in Oceanside, N.Y. The company makes women’s espadrilles, boots, wedges and heels.

Vida Shoes plans to broaden the shoe brand’s market penetration. Terms were not disclosed. 

Vida Shoes, based in New York, makes and owns a several footwear brands, including OshKosh, Esprit, Sag Harbor and South Pole.

In January, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) purchased of Intermix Holdco Inc., a luxury women’s retailer. In December, Delta Galil USA agreed to buy LittleMissMatched, a children’s sock company and in October, PVH Corp. (NYSE: PVH) acquired Warnaco Group Inc. (NYSE: WRC), which gave it the rest of the Calvin Klein brand as well as Speedo. 

For more on retail M&A, see “Retail M&A: Time-Tested Brands Sell.” 

 

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