ACG to Spice Things Up, Cajun-Style, at InterGrowth 2016
David Axelrod, former adviser to President Obama, and Ana Navarro, former adviser to Sen. John McCain and Gov. Jeb Bush, are scheduled to speak at the May gathering in New Orleans


Marketers Go Digital, Attracting Buyers
Accenture, IBM and Web.com have made acquisitions, following migration to social media sites and mobile devices

Strategic Buyers

Newell Rubbermaid Capped Growth Strategy with Beloved Elmer’s Glue, Sealing Strategic Buyer of the Year
The company also agreed to buy Yankee Candle owner and sold some non-core businesses

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Influential Women

Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 25 leading female transaction professionals, including Jeri Harman, founder of Avante Mezzanine Partners

Mid-Market Awards

Mergers & Acquisitions Names Winners of the 9th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards

Private Equity

Lovell Minnick-Backed Worldwide Facilities Acquires Energy Insurance Broker Sloan Mason

Deal follows on heels of recent insurance-related investments by AmTrust Financial Services, Apax Partners and Carlyle Group

Warburg Pincus Acquires Majority Stake in Urgent-Care Software Developer DocuTap

Health care tech companies prove attractive targets, including recent purchases of Mainspring, Netsmart and MedeAnalytics

Wind Point and TPG-Backed Novolex Makes Another Add-On in Heritage Bag

Other packaging deals have come from Bemis, CCL Industries and Charter Nex

PE-Backed Backed AlliedBarton Merges with Universal Services, as Terrorism Concerns Drive Growth of Security Guard Services

Universal Services’ PE Backers, Warburg Pincus and Partners Group, will retain a stake in the combined company

ACG to Spice Things Up, Cajun-Style, at InterGrowth 2016

David Axelrod, former adviser to President Obama, and Ana Navarro, former adviser to Sen. John McCain and Gov. Jeb Bush, are scheduled to speak at the May gathering in New Orleans

Trivest-Backed Handstands Adds Car Cleaner Eagle One, Driving Auto M&A

Other previous automotive deals include Compass Automotive, Driven Performance and Take 5 Oil Change

Apollo-Led Group Raises Bid for Apollo Education, Owner of University of Phoenix

Activist shareholders Alberta Investment Management and Schroders rallied to halt the original deal, arguing it undervalued the education provider known for online learning

CD&R Backs Maker of Sausage Casings Kalle, as Buyers Chew on Food Targets

Hershey, McCormick and Peak Rock have also purchased food companies

Buyouts Saddle Stressed Retailers with Debts They Can't Pay

Sports Authority was loaded with debt, a hangover from the 2006 LBO led by Leonard Green & Partners

The Weekly Wrap: Abbott, Peak Rock, Z Capital

Abbott buys St. Jude; Peak Rock backs Diamond Crystal, Z Capital invests Twin-Star

PE Firms Fundraising: Trivest, Welsh Carson and Others

HarbourVest Partners is also raising a fund

The Riverside Co. Continued Exit Prowess and Ranked Seller of the Year, Again

The prolific firm is led by co-CEOs Béla Szigethy and Stewart Kohl

Arsenal-Backed Polymer Solutions Group Adds Rubber Maker Sasco

PSG was formed when Arsenal bought Peach State Labs, and the portfolio company later added Flow Polymers

Peak Rock Adds to Food Portfolio with Diamond Crystal Brands

Hormel is selling DCB, which makes portion-control and single-serve foods and beverages

Z Capital Follows Up Restaurant Deal with Home Furnishings Maker Twin-Star International

The target owns a wide variety of brands, including fireplaces by Duraflame and home entertainment components by Bell’O

HGGC, Led by CEO Rich Lawson, Backs Software Provider FPX

The PE firm recently invested in Instantly and exited Serena Software

Advent Grows Agrochemical Portfolio with Viakem

FMC bought Cheminova, and Dow Chemical and DuPont plan to merge, as chemical makers consolidate

People Moves: Aronson, Gallego, Huang

Dan Aronson (pictured) is Trading Company Holdings' new CEO; Dominique Padilla Gallego joins Sidley Austin; Jinjian Huang gets hired by Nixon Peabody

Elusive Loans Lead PE Firms to Alternative Lenders

As credit tightens, Balance Point Capital and other non-regulated direct lenders fill the void

Saw Mill and Falcon Team with Former Jason Industries CEO David Westgate to Buy Manufacturers

Saw Mill is investing from its newly raised fund, Saw Mill Capital Partners II, LP, while Falcon is investing from Falcon Strategic Partners V, LP.

Carlyle Raises New CLO Fund, Despite Industry Challenges

The PE firm also closed CLO funds in in 2015 and 2014

The Weekly Wrap: Apax, Auris Surgical, Vista

Apax buys Duck Creek; Auris Surgical purchases Hansen Medical; Vista acquires Cvent

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