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Wrap Up

First Half of 2014 Best for M&A in 3 Years
Positive predictions for 2014 are coming true, with the first six months of the year generating more deals than the same periods in 2012 and 2013

People Moves of the Week

BTIG, D.A. Davidson, KeyBanc
BTIG taps two former Lazard execs; D.A. Davidson launches real estate team; KeyBanc drafts Anne-Marie Peterson to the firm's leveraged finance team

REAL ESTATE

BET Founder Continues Picking Up Hotels
RLJ Lodging, founded by Robert L. Johnson, recently paid about $50M for an Atlanta Hyatt

Special Report

Obama vs. Romney – Views from the Market

To uncover the private equity perspective on the race for the White House, Mergers & Acquisitions convened a special roundtable of dealmakers, including Audax co-founder Geoffrey Rehnert, who worked with former Governor Mitt Romney at Bain Capital for 15 years. We tracked other Bain-mates of Romney’s and took a look at President Barack Obama’s private equity supporters, too.

Videos

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Keeping America Competitive

September 24, 2012
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Friend of Mitt:
Geoffrey Rehnert

September 24, 2012
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The Middle Market Needs Certainty

September 24, 2012
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Obama Vs. Romney: One Investment Banker's Perspective

September 25, 2012
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What Small Business Needs: One State Senator's View

September 25, 2012
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Mr. President, Please Keep the Capital Gains Tax Rate as is

September 25, 2012
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"Mitt Romney Understands the Business Owner"

September 25, 2012
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Rules of the Game Need to be Set

September 25, 2012
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Cover Story

Friends of Mitt

Many of Romney's Bain-mates never left private equity. Here's a look at where they are today.

Roundtable

Presidential Politics & Private Equity

Mergers & Acquisitions convened a roundtable sponsored by Fifth Street Finance Corp. and Rutan & Tucker LLP to explore the impact of the 2012 presidential election on middle-market dealmaking

President Obama Has Friends in Private Equity, Too

In the 2012 race, the president continues to count members of the financial services community among his supporters

Welcome Wagon for Small Businesses?

Excerpts from Mergers & Acquisitions' interview with Leonard Tannenbaum, founder of Fifth Street Finance Corp. and the founder of the Keeping America Competitive PAC