People Moves of the Week:

Cook M&A, Houlihan Lokey, Piper Jaffray
Cook M&A names Michael Olson vice president; Houlihan Lokey hires transaction advisory head; Piper Jaffray acquires energy investment bank

Private Equity

The Rise of the Operating Partner
Baird Capital’s Roberto Ferranti, Riverside’s Jeff Goodman, Excellere’s John Lanier, Northstar Aerospace’s David McConnaughey and Graham’s Dan Soroka (pictured) help portfolio companies improve processes and trim costs

Emerging Markets

As China’s Economy Falters, Southeast Asia Attracts Dealmakers
Inexpensive manufacturing and increased consumerism make Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam appealing to private equity firms and strategic buyers from all over the world

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Private Equity

Calpers Reports It Paid $3.4 Billion to PE Firms

Calpers shares the proceeds with managers of more than 700 private-equity funds, including those run by Carlyle, Blackstone and Apollo

Lightyear Buys Retail Lender Pathlight, Plans to Extend Loans to New Industries

The financial services-focused PE firm is also invested in Wealth Enhancement Group and Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford

People Moves of the Week: Cook M&A, Houlihan Lokey, Piper Jaffray

Cook M&A names Michael Olson vice president; Houlihan Lokey hires transaction advisory head; Piper Jaffray acquires energy investment bank

Cloud-Computing will Keep the Deals Coming

Amazon, Cisco and Francisco Partners have made recent acquisitions in the sector

Warburg Pincus, led by Co-CEO Chip Kaye, Raises 12th Fund

Ardian, Audax and Comvest have also recently raised funds

Lower Middle Market Provides Bright Spot in Slowing M&A Climate

Firms that focus on the smaller end of the market, including Audax Private Equity, boasted success in 2015, says Audax MD Jay Jester

The Weekly Wrap: Audax, TransDigm, Constellation Brands

Audax buys Justrite; TransDigm adds Breeze-Eastern; Constellation Brands purchases Ballast Brewing

Tech-Focused PE Firm ParkerGale Closes Debut Deal

ParkerGale’s purchase of Aircraft Technical Publishers brings together two trends: renewed interest in air travel and in tech M&A

1 Company For Sale

See which Lightyear Capital asset hit the auction block this week

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

See which private equity firms are raising capital, including Warburg Pincus, Kelso and Sound Harbor

Middle-Market Dealflow Will Continue to Decline

Transactions of less than $1B have been slowing down, and dealmakers predict that trend will stick around

Hellman & Friedman Takes Control of Securitas from Bain

The PE firm's recent deals include the planned purchase of Edelman Financial and exit of Wood Mackenzie

Mr. Bubble Marketer Adds Soft & Dri from Brynwood's High Ridge

The owner of Zest, VO5, White Rain and other products also sold personal care brands La Bella, Dep and the Dry Look

In Election Year, Mid-Market Public Policy Will Attract Attention

Carried interest, tax on debt interest payments and designation of joint employer status are issues policymakers will focus on in 2016

With 2016 Election Looming, Politicians Target Carried Interest

Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are all in favor of cutting the favorable tax treatment of carried interest

Independent Sponsors Win Increased Popularity, and Deals

Some investment professionals have decided to compete on a deal-by-deal basis

As China Stagnates, PE Firms will Turn to Southeast Asia

Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam offer low-cost manufacturing and inexpensive labor

As Aircraft Industry Updates Planes, Parts Makers Bring in Buyers

Interest in the sector has come from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, as well as Heico

More Construction Means More Building Products M&A

Wynnchurch Capital, Advent International and High Road Capital are among the PE firms going after building products businesses

Operating Partners Are Becoming More Important Than Ever

As the ability to drive returns through leverages fades away, PE firms depend on operational expertise to increase earnings

More PE Firms Will Turn to Tech

New firms join Thoma Bravo, Francisco Partners, GTCR, HGGC and Silver Lake Partners in technology interest

16 Middle-Market Trends to Watch in 2016

Cloud computing, robots, capital gains tax, operating partners and the other trends you need to know about for the new year

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