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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

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In-Tweet Shopping Inspires Dealmaking
Twitter's Nathan Hubbard helms a deal that shows how M&A for social media companies is evolving, with Facebook not far behind

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Lender 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

American Apparel Is Said to Strike Rescue Deal With Investor


The financing deal gives a lifeline to the unprofitable retailer after the ouster of founder Dov Charney

CIT Grabs Lender Direct Capital


The deal follows lender acquisitions by Moody's and Ares

NPC International Adds to Wendy’s Franchises for $58M


The deal follows franchise acquisitions by Bain Capital, and TriArtisan and Sentinel

Finance Finesse:
Mid-Market CLOs Gain Respectability


The interest rate premium for the top tranche of a middle-market CLO has fallen by about 50 percent, according to NXT Capital's Neil Rudd

Apollo Prints Biggest CLO Since Financial Crisis


Collateralized loan obligation funds (CLOs) have been attracting investor money because of a previous slowdown in dealflow

Healogics Seeks $720M Financing for CD&R Deal


The offer includes a $400M first-lien cov-lite term loan, which have seen a resurgence as of late

Moody’s Buys WebEquity to Increase Lending Services


The transaction follows deals for ICRA and Amba Investment Services

Guest Article:
Encouraging Financial Innovation May Prevent a Subprime Small Business Bubble


Colorado State professor Ronnie Phillips describes how Square’s recently announced Square Capital cash advance program offers one helpful model

Ares Expands into ABLs with Keltic Acquisition


The asset manager is using the deal to start Ares Commercial Finance, which will provide ABLs between $1M-$30M

PE-Backed Industrial Magnets Grabs Prater-Sterling


Dealmakers expect to see a surge in manufacturing M&A over the next several months

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