Cybersecurity Firms Draw Buyers, as Hackers Invade Agencies, Campaigns and Companies
The apparent cyberattacks on Colin Powell, the NSA and voter databases in Arizona and Illinois highlight the value of cybersecurity providers


Pruning Process: 7 Consumer Goods Producers Buy & Sell to Grow
Procter & Gamble sold Duracell and is divesting 40-plus beauty brands; Clorox sold car cleaners and bought Renew Life probiotics; General Mills sold Green Giant and bought Epic Provisions

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Julia Karol Moves Up to COO Spot at Watermill, Michael Fuller Takes the Boston Area Firm’s CFO Job
Other developments include Glen Clarke's joining Baird to lead the Chicago investment bank’s food and beverage group

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Cybersecurity Firms Draw Buyers, as Hackers Invade Agencies, Campaigns and Companies

Yahoo’s alert of the largest known breach of user information comes in the midst of Verizon's acquisition, underscoring the need for IT due diligence and cybersecurity providers

The Weekly Wrap: Allergan, Pharos, Vista

Allergan acquires Tobira; Pharos backs TechLab; Vista invests in Infoblox

PE Firms Fundraising: Francisco Partners, KKR Custom Equity and Others

PE Firms Fundraising: Francisco Partners, KKR Custom Equity and Others

Patricia Industries Buys Diagnostics Specialist Laborie Medical from Audax

Laborie makes diagnostic tools, including ultrasound scanners for bladders

Southwire Acquires United Copper, Leveraging Uptick in Construction Industry

Others involved in construction-driven transactions include: United Subcontractors, PowderCoat Services, Apollo Global and Hardwoods Distribution

The Riverside Co. Doubles Down on Small Businesses with Fourth Micro-Cap Fund

The PE firm has backed many small businesses, including The Dermatology Group, Kasasa by BancVue, and SafeBuilt

Pharos Capital Acquires TechLab, Healthcare Deals Rise

Recent medical diagnostic deals include Danaher, Johnson & Johnson and Zimmer Biomet

Vista Equity Buys Network Service Provider Infoblox, as Cybersecurity Deals Continue

The transaction follows deals by TPG, Thoma Bravo and Accenture

The Weekly Wrap: Bayer, Golden Gate, Informa

Bayer buys Monsanto; Golden Gate backs Tronair; Informa purchases Penton

PE Firms Fundraising: Pacific Lake, Soundcore Capital and Others

Align Capital is also raising a fund

Dealmaker's Guide to the Election: Where the Candidates Stand on 5 Middle-Market Issues

Trade regulations and labor relations provide differences that may affect the middle market when choosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Pregis Wraps Up U.K. Packager Easypack Purchase, Expands Global Presence

The transaction follows deals by Bemis, Packaging Corp. and Quad-C

Ridgemont-Backed Perimeter Acquires WoodRidge, as Demand Rises for Behavioral Health Services

Acadia, HealthSouth and Universal Health also made similar purchases

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

Informa Buys Penton Information from MidOcean and Wasserstein to Grow in the U.S.

MidOcean recently added Image Skincare and Travelpro, while a Wasserstein-led group purchased Northstar Travel

L Squared Capital Buys Learners Edge, Adds to Education Portfolio

The sale of Learners Edge follows earlier educational deals by Apollo, Blackboard and Quad-C

TPG, CPPIB Back Viking Cruises to Accelerate Growth in China

Some of TPG’s previous investments include CAA, Cirque du Soleil, Airbnb, and Uber

Golden Gate Capital Acquires Aircraft Equipment Maker Tronair

The deal follows recent purchases of aerospace suppliers by Liberty Hall, Platte River, and AEI

LLR Partners Invests In Eyewitness Surveillance, Plans Geographical Expansion

Apollo and Vestar made similar security investments

Thoma Bravo Closes New Tech Fund, Bets on New Industry Opportunities

Thoma Bravo has previously backed Bomgar and SolarWinds

Accel-KKR Acquires Smart Communications, Seeks Further Add-On Opportunities

The transaction follows acquisitions from Hewlett Packard and Cisco

Roark Capital Grabs Majority Interest in Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Minority Owner Exits

The target joins Roark’s restaurant portfolio that includes Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel and Cinnabon

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