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

People Moves of the Week

BTIG, D.A. Davidson, KeyBanc
BTIG taps two former Lazard execs; D.A. Davidson launches real estate team; KeyBanc drafts Anne-Marie Peterson to the firm's leveraged finance team


BET Founder Continues Picking Up Hotels
RLJ Lodging, founded by Robert L. Johnson, recently paid about $50M for an Atlanta Hyatt

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Fund of Funds, Lender

ESOP, Recapitalization

Agriculture, Natural Resources

New York, Hong Kong

Northeast US, Asia/Pacific

United States, Canada


People Database

Exclusive data on top players in capital markets

Sylvie Gadant


Firm: Citrin Cooperman

In the news: People Moves of the Week: Barclays, Bryan Cave, Mayer Brown



Lender News

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

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

Finance Finesse:
Unitranche Structures Face Competition

Senior cash flow lenders and mezzanine lenders are picking up market share

Retail M&A Bodes Well for Lenders

An uptick in deals across the retail sector is driving some companies to alter their loans

Solar Panel Groups Modify Loans

LDK and Envision join several other solar panel companies that have struggled

Some LPs Find Less is More

More limited partners are making bigger bets on fewer, smaller funds, says Grove Street’s Chris Yang

GateHouse Turns to Ch. 11

Like other publishers, GateHouse has seen print advertising revenue decline as audiences move to the Internet and mobile devices

Obamacare Spurs Lending

Lenders can expect to see increased demand for capital from both care providers and acquirers

Billabong Negotiates Stabilizing Loans

The surf-wear retailer can finally focus on building back its brands now that it has agreed to a financing package and paid off previous debt

Lending Markets In Full Swing

CLOs and credit funds take center stage as all financing vehicles perform well

Middle-Market I-Banks Attract Buyers

In order to expand and better serve private equity clients, more investment banks are scooping up rivals

Middle Market Lenders Gravitate to the ABLs

Mid-market lenders are looking to expand their loan offerings

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