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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

Clarus Ventures, Riverside Partners, Siedman & Bancroft
Clarus calls up new managing director; Riverside announces several promotions; Siedman & Bancroft hires associate Maria Garrett

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Fund of Funds, Lender

ESOP, Recapitalization

Agriculture, Natural Resources

New York, Hong Kong

Northeast US, Asia/Pacific

United States, Canada

 

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Exclusive data on top players in capital markets

Scott Irvin

Firm: KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

In the news: People Moves of the Week: Berkshire Partners, WeiserMazars, Keybanc

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Private Equity Perspective

Private Equity Perspective: Survey Says…

Each month, roughly 250 dealmakers respond to Mergers & Acquisitions’ survey, giving us exclusive access to the middle market

Private Equity Perspective: Our Videos Bring You Face to Face with Dealmakers

Watch interviews with Bertram Capital Management’s Michelle Chao and others from ACG LA, M&A East and Midwest ACG Capital Connection

EuroGrowth 2014: Cross-Border Connections

As middle-market dealmaking becomes more global, the ACG-hosted event looks to prepare pros for future challenges

Lower Middle-Market Dealmakers Flock to Chicago for AM&AA Summer Conference

Highlights include keynote speeches from Jones Day's Andrew Sherman and CohnReznik's Patrick O'Keefe and a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field

Will Mike McFadden’s I-Banker Background Help or Hurt in Senate Race Against Al Franken?

The private equity world took a beating in Bain Capital co-founder Mitt Romney’s presidential bid

Private Equity Perspective:
The New Normal

The Riverside Co.’s Stewart Kohl explains why 2014 is a good year for mergers & acquisitions

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The Buyside

The Buyside: Deal Pros Shape Up with Fitness Plays

Recent buyers focused on fitness and the outdoors include Bass Pro Group LLC, Finish Line Inc. and Kent International Inc.

Hacked Sony Movies Highlight Opportunities for Buyers of Cybersecurity Firms

Cybersecurity companies are becoming increasingly attractive to buyers in the wake of the attack on Sony, which has Internet users downloading millions of pirated copies of “Fury” and “Annie”

The Buyside: Germans Bet Big on U.S. Targets

U.S. companies, including Dresser-Rand and Sigma-Aldrich, are attractive targets for German companies

Tax-Inversion Deals Increase Despite Criticism

Canada's 26.5 percent corporate tax rate is luring Burger King to ditch Miami headquarters

In-Tweet Shopping Inspires Dealmaking

Twitter's Nathan Hubbard helms a deal that shows how M&A for social media companies is evolving, with Facebook not far behind

Buyers Eye Smart-Home Appliance Makers

For mid-market companies, potential acquirers include AT&T, Johnson Controls, Samsung and Schneider Electric

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Finance Finesse

Finance Finesse: SEC Step Equalizes BDCs

New regulations clear up a bit of arcana, and makes the rules consistent for all BDCs, says SBIA president Brett Palmer

Lenders to Small Businesses Draw Investors

Alternative lenders are filling the gap left by banks, says Pine Brook’s Rob Glanville

Mezzanine Lenders Look to Asia Pacific

While there's some pressure on pricing, there is plenty of opportunity, says Nadim Malik of Sutton Place Strategies

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including Diamond Castle Partners and Square Mile Partners

Lenders Line Up Loan Options

More private equity firms are opting for less-traditional yield products as lenders get creative, says NXT Capital's Heath Fuller

Lenders Show Love for Packaging

Packaging acquisitions are generally attractive to investors, according to Quad-C partner Frank Winslow

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