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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

Expert's Corner

How to Leverage Social Media in Dealmaking
Axial’s Sam Jacobs provides tips to use specialized social networks to meet, interact, communicate and transact

People Moves of the Week

Brown Gibbons Lang, Cantor Fitzgerald, Wilmington Trust
Brown Gibbons Lang taps corporate M&A specialist; Cantor Fitzgerald names head of media investment banking; Wilmington Trust brings in BNY Mellon vets Julie Balerna and Deb Daniello

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Lender News

News

3i-Backed Element Materials Closes Cov-Lite Refinancing


Covenant-lite loans have made a resurgence as lenders are forced to slash terms to compete for deals

More BDCs Mean More Competition for Loans


Monroe Capital’s Aaron Peck and others explore the opportunities and challenges of BDCs at AM&AA's Summer Conference

Bain Capital Unit Buys $1.3B Loan Portfolio from J.P. Morgan Group


The buyer invests in leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed and stressed debt, mezz debt and structured products and equities

John Thain’s CIT Agrees to Acquire OneWest Bank for $3.4B


The former Merrill Lynch chair — hired by CIT to lead a turnaround in 2009 — now has about $2 billion in excess capital, exceeding what regulators say is needed to cushion against potential losses

Lenders Show Love for Packaging


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

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Articles

Finance Finesse:
Specialized Investment Banks Spring Up


De Nes Partners and Slate Partners are new investment banks serving a particular niche

Debt Markets Nourish Restaurant M&A


Recent deals by Apollo Global Management, TPG Capital and Roark Capital underscore trend

LENDER OF THE YEAR:
Fifth Street Management


Despite the competitive lending environment that 2013 presented, Fifth Street's deal volume increased dramatically

Finance Finesse:
Banking on Borrowing


Until interest rates rise, you will continue to see money flow into the leveraged loan space, says John Finnerty, senior managing director, NXT Capital LLC

Pressure Remains High on Lenders


As investors search for yield, stress remains high on covenants and structures

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