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Scrutiny of Nutritional Supplements May Scare Off Dealmakers
As GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart pull Echinacea, Ginseng and St. John's Wort off their shelves following tests showing many ingredients didn't match product labels, dealmakers may shy away from the sector

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Investors Flow Into Oil & Gas
NGP Energy Capital Management and Five Point Capital Partners have raised recent energy funds

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Venable, Greenbriar Equity, Barnes & Thornburg
Venable hires advisers from Baker & McKenzie; Greenbriar taps new managing director; Barnes & Thornburg names David Cornwell, a go-to lawyer for athletes, a partner

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Lender News

New Residential to Buy Home Loan Servicing for $1.3B


Last month, investment firm BlueMountain Capital Management said “misconduct” by Ocwen triggered a default in securities issued by an HLSS trust

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

Cal Net Technology Bulks Up IT Offerings with Velocity Network


Monroe Capital increased Cal Net’s loan to support the acquisition

Will Lenders Find a Silver Lining to the Oil Slide?


Investors are expected to buy oil companies struggling to pay loans as the industry faces distress

NXT Capital Closes $800M Leveraged Loan Fund


The fund will invest in first- and second-lien loans that NXT's corporate finance group originates

Yukon Teams with Revelstoke to Back Encore Rehab


The deal comes as similar programs, including Crossroads Holding, Althetico Physical Therapy and Accelerated Rehabilitation, attract investors

Victory Park Invests $227M, Earmarked for Assetz Capital Loans


Assetz Capital is just one of many lenders trying to take advantage of an opening to lend to small businesses

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

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

Citi to Exit Retail Banking Business in Japan


Sumitomo Mitsui Banking agrees to buy the unit, one of many Citigroup is expected to divest in the future

Interest Rates Will Rise, But Alternative Lenders Will Rule


“Interest rates are going to start creeping up in 2015," says Neil Wessan, managing director at CIT Capital Markets

George Engelke Remembered for Strong Will, Bold Streak


The late former CEO of Astoria Financial inked several acquisitions, including the purchase of North Fork Bancorp, which doubled Astoria's asset size

Following IPO, Fifth Street Plans to Expand Business Lines, Open Tokyo Office


FSAM went public with an amended offering on Oct. 30

Distressed Debt Investment Opportunities Are Expected to Rise


An increase in interest rates would likely cause companies to struggle, creating an opening for distressed debt investors

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

Lee Equity Adds LDM to PDR, Creates Health Care Communications Network


Health care-focused lender and Lee Equity portfolio company MidCap provided a loan to help fund the deal

Yukon Partners Closes $400M Mezz Fund


The firm provides loans to PE-backed middle market companies

Franklin Square Invests $300M in NewStar Financial


The deal should allow the lender to originate more loans

Bregal Sagemount Upsized Fund to $650M to Provide Debt


The New York private equity firm will now be able to provide credit options to companies, says managing partner Gene Yoon

Finance Finesse:
Golub Grows Tech Lending Unit


A burst of growth from technology companies is behind the decision to expand the late-stage-lending unit, says Golub’s Andy Steuerman

Fifth Street Scraps U.S. IPO, Citing Volatile Market


The S&P 500 fell 3 percent in the days after Fifth Street, founded by Leonard Tannenbaum, set the terms for a public debut on Oct. 9

Fifth Street CEO Leonard Tannenbaum Set to Become One of World's Youngest Billionaires on Initial Public Offering


Tannenbaum founded Fifth Street, which Mergers & Acquisitions named Lender of the Year for 2013

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