Has Mid-Market M&A Come to a Dead Stop, or is This a Momentary Pause?
Dealmaking in Q4 2015 dropped 26 percent from Q4 2014, and January 2016 was downright sluggish. How long will the lull last?

Turnaround Talk

Men's Wearhouse Devises Tailored Brands Holding Company to Protect Assets in Potential Bankruptcy
The retailer has suffered financially since its 2014 acquisition of Jos. A. Bank


Valuations Soared in 2015, Making it Tough for PE Firms to Compete with Strategic Buyers
Prices paid for lower middle-market targets averaged 9.1 times Ebitda, up from 7.8 in 2014, says GF Data’s Graeme Frazier

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Worst January for Mid-Market M&A in 25 Years

Feb 10, 2016

The first month of 2016 delivered only half the number of closed deals as the same month in 2015, making it the least productive January for the middle market since 1991

Has Mid-Market M&A Come to a Dead Stop, or is This a Momentary Pause?

Feb 3, 2016

Dealmaking in Q4 2015 dropped 26 percent from Q4 2014, and January 2016 was downright sluggish. How long will the lull last?

Expectations for Energy M&A Have Plummeted Over Last Six Months

Feb 2, 2016

The short-term outlook for the energy sector is the lowest we’ve seen in any sector

Dealmaking Fell Further into Negative Territory in January

Feb 2, 2016

Leads for new deals and availability of financing were at their lowest levels on our monthly poll, which may portend a prolonged slowdown

Private Equity Firms Face Heightened Competition from Family Offices

Feb 1, 2016

The Pritzkers of Hyatt fame and other wealthy families are increasingly skipping PE firms and investing directly

Last Chance for Nominations: Who Should Win Deal of the Year?

Jan 29, 2016

The Jan. 31 deadline for Mergers & Acquisitions' 2015 M&A Mid-Market Awards is coming up quickly

Is Mid-Market M&A Still Falling? Participate Today in Our Monthly Survey

Jan 20, 2016

Dealmaking contracted in December for the first time in two years

Even Tech M&A Shows Signs of Upcoming Weakness

Jan 14, 2016

Expectations for tech M&A in the short term are much lower than previous polls, but activity may pick up again in the long run

Brynwood Partners Drinks Up Sunny D, an “Iconic” Brand with Slumping Sales

Jan 14, 2016

The PE firm will seek synergies between Sunny Delight and existing portfolio company Harvest Hill, maker of Juicy Juice

December Delivered More Deals than November, but Fewer than the Last Month of 2014

Jan 11, 2016

Sensata’s $1B purchase of Custom Sensors & Technologies ranked as the biggest mid-market acquisition to close in December 2015

Meet the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A

Jan 4, 2016

Mergers & Acquisitions joins other SourceMedia brands in launching a special report that honors women in financial services, including Avante’s Jeri Harman and the Riverside’s Pam Hendrickson

Wynnchurch Leveraged Housing Recovery to Expand Portfolio in 2015

Dec 31, 2015

Sales of new homes in the U.S. have been strong, which is good news for Wynnchurch-backed pool maker Latham

Private Equity Firms Ramp Up Technology Investments

Dec 29, 2015

More firms are joining long-time tech investors such as Thoma Bravo and HGGC

Lower Middle Market to Provide Bright Spot in Slowing M&A Climate

Dec 24, 2015

Firms that focus on the smaller end of the market, including Audax Private Equity, boasted success in 2015, says Audax MD Jay Jester

Cloud-Computing will Keep the Deals Coming

Dec 23, 2015

Amazon, Cisco and Francisco Partners have made recent acquisitions in the sector

PE Firms with Female Execs Boast Competitive Advantage

Dec 23, 2015

As COO of the Riverside Co., Pam Hendrickson helped the firm seal the deal for cookie business Tate's Bake Shop

Pam Hendrickson

Dec 17, 2015

Sphere of Influence: Runs Riverside’s back-office functions, fundraising and deal origination; serves on the firm’s investment committee and supervises a fund; previously served as chair of the ACG; testified before Congress on behalf of PE industry

Expectations for Financial Services M&A Have Dimmed Since a Year Ago

Dec 15, 2015

Poll participants expressed concern about rising interest rates, slowing economies, increased terrorism and uncertainty about the U.S. 2016 presidential election

Leads for New Deals Plummeted in November

Dec 9, 2015

Dealmakers polled by Mergers & Acquisitions expressed uncertainty about the upcoming elections and the economy

Video to Drive Deals, As Consumers Migrate to Mobile

Nov 25, 2015

Amazon's Elemental Technologies purchase is just one deal fueled by interest in mobile video

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