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Gordon Brothers-AccuVal, AGC Partners, Madison Capital
Gordon Brothers affiliate hires Conrad Lauten to lead SE sales; AGC adds partner to Silicon Valley office; Madison hires head of mezz credit from Sankaty Advisors

Mid-Year M&A Update

Is 2015 Frontloaded?
Dealmakers enjoyed a busy first half of the year, but many see growth slowing over the next 12 months

Finance Finesse

Frothy Leverage Markets Move Multiples
“Multiples have moved into double-digit territory because of the emergence of the non-bank lending ecosystem,” says Rich Lawson, HGGC CEO

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Private Equity Perspective

Deal Flow May Slow in Second Half of 2015

Completed deal volume and value were not as high in May and June as they were in 2014

Private Equity Perspective: Video Data Rooms & Other Tech Tools for Dealmakers

The Riverside Co.'s Peggy Roberts, Brynwood Partners' David Eagle and Harris Williams' Chip Duggins say VDRs help close deals efficiently and securely

Private Equity Perspective:
Sizing up the Middle Market

We’re looking forward to announcing the winners of the 2014 M&A Mid-Market Awards in the April issue of Mergers & Acquisitions

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

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The Buyside

Solar Energy Shops Warm Up To Mid-Market M&A

An uptick in deals, including Gibraltar's acquisitions of RBI Solar and Rough Brothers Manufacturing, stems from the anxiety over the ratcheting down of the federal solar investment tax credit

E-Training Services Entice Bidders

On the heels of Lynda.com’s recent deal with LinkedIn, Riverside picks up Health & Safety Institute

The Buyside: Buyers Wake Up to Anesthesiology

Feeling pressure from Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield, small anesthesiology practices are welcoming Mednax, TeamHealth and AmSurg as suitors

The Buyside:
Mid-Market May Be Prone to Proxy Battles

Encouraged by Starboard’s influence on Staples to take over Office Depot, activist investors will focus increasingly on middle-market companies

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”

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Finance Finesse

Frothy Leverage Markets Move Multiples

“Multiples have moved into double-digit territory because of the emergence of the non-bank lending ecosystem,” says Rich Lawson, HGGC CEO

Hold Size Matters in Frothy M&A Market

Buyers want to close quickly, says David Brackett, CEO of GE Antares, which was just sold to Canada Pension Plan

Finance Finesse: Turnaround Pros Focus on Education

Many schools borrowed to expand and now lack the funds to pay their debts, explains Carl Marks partner Joe D'Angelo

Finance Finesse:
Leverage Guidelines Open Space for
Non-Bank Lenders

Banks want to avoid “criticized assets” on their balance sheets, says CIT's Jeff Kilrea

Finance Finesse: DIP Loans May Rescue Struggling Retailers

B. Riley’s plan to take over bankrupt teen clothier Wet Seal with a $20 million DIP loan that would give the investment bank an 80 percent stake may inspire similar deals

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

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