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


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

The Weekly Wrap:
Berkshire Partners, Covidien, ShowPlex Cinemas

Berkshire buys two of the largest U.S. fiber-network providers, Covidien picks up CV Ingenuity, and ShowPlex Cinemas, backed by Trinity Hunt, merged with Starplex

Target | Acquirer

Omniplex World Services Corp | Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners acquired an undisclosed majority interest in Omniplex World Services Corp, a Chantilly-based provider of security services. Terms were not disclosed.

Telescan | Amtelco

Amtelco planned to merge with Telescan, a St. Louis- based developer of telephone answering software. Terms were not disclosed.

Ahrold Fay Rosenberg | Arthur J Gallagher & Co

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co acquired Ahrold Fay Rosenberg, a Des Moines-based retail insurance brokerage firm. Terms were not disclosed.

4Front Engineered Solutions | Assa Abloy AB

ASSA ABLOY AB of Sweden acquired 4Front Engineered Solutions Inc, a Carrollton- based manufacturer of trucks and dock equipments.

Davis-Garvin Agency Inc | Assured NL Ins Agency Inc

Assured NL Insurance Agency Inc, a unit of GTCR LLC's AssuredPartners Inc subsidiary, acquired Davis- Garvin Agency Inc, a Columbia- based provider of insurance brokerages services. Terms were not disclosed.

Glenbrook Commons Shopping Center | Aviv Arlon Ltd

Aviv Arlon Ltd of Israel agreed to acquire Glenbrook Commons Shopping Center, an Indiana-based owner and operator of shopping centers for $5.75 million.

Hilltop Bancshares Inc | BBIG Holdings LLC

BBIG Holdings LLC acquired a 50 percent interest in Bennington-based Hilltop Bancshares Inc. The transaction was to include Bank of Bennington.

Safety Syringes Inc | BD

Becton, Dickinson & Co acquired Safety Syringes Inc, a Carlsbad-based manufacturer of surgical syringes. Terms were not disclosed.

Lightower Fiber Networks | Berkshire Partners LLC

Berkshire Partners LLC definitivelbey agreed to acquire an undisclosed majority interest in Lightower Fiber Networks, a Boxborough- based provider of fiber networking services, from MC Ventures Partners and Pamlico Capital LLC, in a secondary buyout transaction. Concurrently, Berkshire definitively agreed to acquire an undisclosed majority interest in Sidera Networks Inc. The two transactions were to have a combined value of an estimated $2 billion in cash. Upon completion, Berkshire was to merge Sidera and Lightower. Previously, MC and Pamlico acquired Lightower from National Grid plc.

Sidera Networks Inc | Berkshire Partners LLC

Berkshire Partners LLC definitively agreed to acquire an undisclosed majority interest in Sidera Networks Inc, a New York-based provider of fiber optic-based network services, from Abry Partners LLC, in a leveraged buyout transaction. Concurrently, Berkshire definitively agreed to acquire an undisclosed majority interest in Lightower Fiber Networks. The two transactions were to have a combined value of an estimated $2 billion in cash. Upon completion, Berkshire was to merge Sidera and Lightower.

Scisive Consulting LP | Bionest Partners

Bionest Partners merged with Scisive Consulting LP, a New York-based provider of healthcare consulting services.

Resource Financial Services | CertusBank NA

Greenville, S.C.-based CertusBank acquired Resource Financial Services, a Columbia-based mortgage banking firm. Terms were not disclosed.

Sierra Engineering | Corinthian Capital Group LLC

Corinthian Capital Group LLC acquired Sierra Engineering, a Midland-based provider of engineering and consulting services, in a leveraged buyout transaction.

CV Ingenuity Corp | Covidien plc

Covidien plc of Ireland definitively agreed to acquire CV Ingenuity Corp, a Fremont-based manufacturer of medical equipment for treatment of vascular diseases. Terms were not disclosed.

NEP Broadcasting LLC | Crestview Partners LP

Clearview Partners LP acquired NEP Broadcasting LLC, a Pittsburgh-based provider of outsourced teleproduction services, from American Securities Capital Partners LLC, a unit of American Securities LLC, in a secondary leveraged buyout. Terms were not disclosed.

Morristown Federal Credit | Garden Savings Federal Credit

Garden Savings Federal Credit Union acquired Morristown Federal Credit Union, a Morristown-based bank.

Gurney Productions Inc | ITV plc

ITV plc of the UK planned to acquire a 61.5 percent interest in Gurney Productions Inc, a Los Angeles-based television production company, for $40 million.

Nine Campustown Buildings | Kingland Systems Corp

Kingland Systems Corp acquired Nine Campustown buildings portfolio.

Hilton Kansas Airport Hotel | Laurus Corp

Laurus Corp acquired Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel, a Kansas-based owner and operator of hotels.

Findings Inc | Leach & Garner Co

Leach & Garner Co, a unit of Cookson Group PLC, acquired Findings Inc, a Keene-based manufacturer of precious metal jewelry findings. The transaction included the Fuller Finding business of Findings. Terms were not disclosed.

Guardian Interlock Systems | LMG Holdings Inc

LMG Holdings Inc acquired Guardian Interlock Systems, a Marietta-based manufacturer of interlock ignition devices.

Progress Software Corp-Assets | Micro Focus International plc

Micro Focus International PLC of the UK definitively agreed to acquire the Orbix, Orbacus and Artix software product lines of Progress Software Corp, a Bedford-based developer of business applications software, for $15 million in cash.

Technomedia Solutions LLC | Mood Media Corp

Mood Media Corp of Canada acquired Technomedia Solutions LLC, an Orlando- based provider of audio- visual media services, for an estimated $23 million in cash and up to an undisclosed in profit-related payments. The transaction included GoConvergence.

Charleston House Assisted | National Health Investors Inc

National Health Investors Inc acquired Charleston House Assisted Living, a Beaver Dam-based owner and operator of senior living facility, for $20.2 million.

TPW Management LLC | North Real Estate

North Real Estate merged with TPW Management LLC, a Bondville-based provider of vacation property management services.

Grinding & Sizing Co LLC | Prince Mineral Holding Corp

Prince Mineral Holding Corp, a unit of Palladium Equity Partners LLC's Palladium Equity Partners II LP subsidiary, acquired Grinding & Sizing Co LLC, a Lufkin-based manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler of drilling fluid additives. Terms were not disclosed.

D&D Power LLC | Red-D-Arc Ltd

Red-D-Arc Ltd, a unit of Airgas Inc, acquired D&D Power LLC, a Decatur-based provider of equipment rental services.

Sempra US Gas,Power-Plant | Salt River Project

Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement & Power District definitively agreed to acquire a 50% interest in the Mesquite power plant, located in Arlington, Arizona, of Sempra US Gas & Power LLC, a San Diego-based provider of renewable energy services, and a unit of Sempra Energy Inc, for $371 million.

Starplex Cinemas | ShowPlex Cinemas Inc

ShowPlex Cinemas Inc, controlled by Trinity Hunt Partners, merged with Starplex Cinemas, a Dallas- based owner and operator of motion picture theaters.

TubeTrack | Structural Integrity Associates

Structural Integrity Associates Inc acquired TubeTrack, a Concord-based provider of electronic tracking services for boilers, from Burns & Associates Engineers.

NB Plants | Terra Tech Corp

Terra Tech Corp planned to acquire NB Plants, a New Brunswick-based owner and operator of flower and herb farm.

Surrey Plaza | Wheeler REIT Inc

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Inc acquired the Surrey Plaza, a Hawkinsville-based owner and operator of a shopping center, from Wheeler Interests LLC, for $2.3 million.

HighBeam Research Inc | Yippy Inc

Yippy Inc, a subsidiary of Belmont Partners LLC, agreed to acquire HighBeam Research Inc, a Chicago-based provider of online search engine, from The Gale Group Inc. Terms were not disclosed.


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