Pickup in M&A Predicted by Dealmakers, Following Republican Sweep
Audax Group's Geoffrey Rehnert and Avante's Jeri Harman were among the dealmakers we interviewed at the 2016 ACG LA Business Conference


Index of M&A Activity: October Composite at 55.4
Leads for new deals hit a 2016 high, indicating that potential M&A pipelines are full and hurdles from a slow first half have been cleared

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ParkerGale Closes $240M Debut Fund, Building Portfolio of Lower Middle-Market Tech Companies
The Software-as-a-Service model, with recurring revenues, is attractive to private equity, says ParkerGale co-founder Kristina Heinze, who spoke at Mergers & Acquisitions’ MM360 conference

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Carlyle Closes Fourth CLO, as Debt Funds Rise in Popularity

The PE firm recently raised an energy-focused credit fund along with CLOs in 2015 and 2014

Mezzanine Debt Ruled in 2016, as Other Forms of Debt Faltered

Audax and Carlyle recently raised mezzanine debt funds

Gryphon Closes Fourth Fund to Back Consumer Goods, Healthcare and Business Services

The fund has already invested in fire safety consulting firm Jensen Hughes

Index of M&A Activity: October Composite at 55.4

Leads for new deals hit a 2016 high, indicating that potential M&A pipelines are full and hurdles from a slow first half have been cleared

Littlejohn’s Wellfleet Closes CLO Fund to Back Mid-Market Businesses

Audax, Carlyle, Monroe Capital, and NXT Capital all raised loan funds

Audax Closes Mid-Market Senior Loan Fund, Following Mezzanine Capital Raise

Carlyle, Monroe and NXT also raised debt funds

Monroe Capital Closes Second Loan Fund, as Private Debt Accrues Interest

This is the firm’s 11th fund since the company’s inception

Manufacturing M&A Expected to Grow, Driven by Medical Device Makers & Others

In Mergers & Acquisitions’ monthly survey, dealmakers say they expect "a more friendly regulatory environment" after the presidential election concludes, no matter who wins

Bain Capital Credit Launches BDC to Make Direct Loans to Middle-Market Companies

Other PE firms that have formed BDCs include: Apollo, Carlyle, KKR and TPG

NXT Capital Raises Fourth Mid-Market Loan Fund, as Investors Show Interest in Private Debt

Audax and Carlyle have also raised loan related funds

Index of M&A Activity: September Composite at 53.4

Leads for new deals hit a 2016 high, showing signs that dealflow continues to rebound from a slow first half

Healthcare M&A Forecast Brightens, Say Dealmakers

The outlook for M&A in the healthcare sector was much more positive in August than it was earlier in the year, according to our monthly survey

Specialization Migrates Beyond Private Equity to Debt, Says Monroe Captial’s Ted Koenig

As the private debt market becomes more important as a finance source for the middle market, lenders need to provide differentiated offerings

Index of M&A Activity: August Composite at 53.2

Dealmakers reported increased dealflow in August, marking the third month of expansion and adding evidence of a rebound from the slow first half of the year

After M&A Stalled in First Six Months of 2016, Dealmakers Pin Hopes on Second Half

Family-owned and entrepreneur-backed businesses are especially motivated to sell in the lower middle market

Madison Capital Responds to New Private Equity Models

Andrew Bucolo leads the lender’s efforts to finance deals sourced by non-traditional firms

Energy M&A Expected to Rebound

While only modest growth is expected in the short term, dealmakers say M&A in the energy sector will improve over the next 12 months

Index of M&A Activity: July Composite at 51.8

The index components that track signed letters of intent, M&A business activity and M&A staffing all rose

Index of M&A Activity: June Composite at 52.3

Corporate divestitures were up, and credit was more widely available in June, elevating the MACI composite score

M&A Stalled in May, with Dealmakers Stymied by Election Uncertainty

Respondents to Mergers & Acquisitions’ monthly survey blame uncertainty about the pending U.S. elections for much of the current slowdown

Ares Capital Buys American Capital, as Mid-Market Lenders Fill Financing Gap

“The growing demand for capital from middle-market borrowers has created the need for flexible capital providers like us to fill the financing gap,” says Ares Management president Mike Arougheti

NewStar Enjoyed Record Growth, Racking Up Lender of the Year

Led by CEO Tim Conway, NewStar increased assets under management, solidified its relationship with GSO and purchased a competitor

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