People Moves

Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods
Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Financial Services

Banner Year for Private Equity Fundraising Bodes Well for M&A in 2017
The amount raised in 2016 was on par with 2014, the best year for PE fundraising since the financial crisis, finds Preqin; a record number of new PE funds is being marketed to investors at the start of 2017


Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs
John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

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Fund of Funds, Lender

ESOP, Recapitalization

Agriculture, Natural Resources

New York, Hong Kong

Northeast US, Asia/Pacific

United States, Canada


Influential Women

The second edition of Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 35 leading female transaction professionals, including Kristina Heinze, co-founder of ParkerGale

Mid-Market Awards

Who should win Mergers & Acquisitions’ 10th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards for 2016?


The Weekly Wrap: Dun & Bradstreet, LLR Partners, Mars

Dun & Bradstreet purchases Avention; LLR Partners backs BluVector; Mars buys VCA

PE Firms Fundraising: Hidden Harbor, Yellow Wood and Others

Golub Capital is also raising a fund

Index of M&A Activity: December Composite at 55.4

Dealflow accelerated in December, as M&A professionals wrapped up transactions before year-end and expressed optimism about 2017

The Weekly Wrap: AEI, Clearlake Capital, GI Partners

Clearlake buys Landesk; GI Partners adds Komo Plaza; AEI-backed Belcan purchases Kemtah

PE Firms Fundraising: Apax, Blackstone and Others

Brookstone Partners is also raising a fund

The Weekly Wrap: Descartes, Dunes Point, Solegear

Descartes Buys Datamyne; Dunes Point purchases Malibu Acceptance; Solegear adds Lindar

PE Firms Fundraising: CD&R, Clearwater and Others

Peak Rock Capital is also raising a fund

The Weekly Wrap: Dormakaba, Littlejohn, Novartis

Dormakaba purchases Stanley Black & Decker's mechanical security business; Littlejohn buys Brown Jordan; Novartis acquires Encore Vision

Financial Services M&A to Pick Up, Say Dealmakers

Survey participants expect dealmaking to benefit from a wave of deregulation of the financial services industry under a Republican president and Congress

The Weekly Wrap: Bain Capital, KKR and KSL, Newell Brands

Bain Capital purchases Innocor; KKR and KSL back Apple Leisure; Newell Brands acquires Woodwick Candles

PE Firms Fundraising: Blackstone, KKR and Others

Warburg Pincus is also raising a fund

Index of M&A Activity: November Composite at 50.8

While dealflow slowed in November during the uncertainty of the election, most dealmakers said the lull was temporary and that the new administration will boost deal activity

The Weekly Wrap: DW Healthcare, Linden Capital, Equinix

DW Healthcare and Linden Capital buys HydraFacial Maker Edge Systems; Equinix purchases data centers from Verizon

PE Firms Fundraising: Blackstone, KarpReilly and Others

Crestleigh is also raising a fund

The Weekly Wrap: AEA Investors, Parker Hannifin; Zayo

AEA Investors purchases TricorBraun; Parker Hannifin buys Clarcor; Zayo acquires Electric Lightwave

PE Firms Fundraising: Ares, KKR and Others

CenterGate is also raising a fund

The Weekly Wrap: Dr Pepper, Oracle, Smithfield

Dr Pepper acquires Bai Brands; Oracle purchases Dyn; Smithfield buys Clougherty Packing

PE Firms Fundraising: Bain Capital Life Sciences, Leeds Equity and Others

HGGC is also raising a fund

M&A Gained Momentum in the Third Quarter

More deals closed in Q3 than Q2, and transaction professionals feel good about 2017

The Weekly Wrap: Charoen Pokphand, GPM, Sangetsu

Charoen Pokphand purchases Michelina's Owner Bellisio; GPM buys Admiral from Sun Capital; Sangetsu acquires Koroseal Interior

PE Firms Fundraising: Halifax, Zebra Capital and Others

Beech Tree is also raising a fund

Retail M&A Poised for Growth, Say Transaction Professionals

Strategic buyers and PE firms are investing in providers of retail analytics to help merchants figure out what’s working and what isn’t

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