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London's Cinven Purchases Bioclinica, as Clinical Trials for New Treatments Ramp Up

Sellers Water Street Healthcare and JLL Partners built target through eight acquisitions

Cybersecurity Firms Draw Buyers, as Hackers Invade Agencies, Campaigns, Corporations and Individuals

The apparent cyberattacks on the NSA, Hillary Clinton, Sony Pictures and Target highlight the growing value of cybersecurity providers

Charlesbank Backs Promotional Gifts Supplier Polyconcept, Plans International Growth

In another related deal, Audax bought Halo Branded Solutions

Platinum Equity Buys Broadway Industrial Parts Assets to Expand Globally

Platinum recently made deals for Emerson Electric’s network power division as well as Electro Rent and JM Swank

Blackstone, New Mountain Capital Invest in JDA Software to Accelerate Cloud Offerings

NMC, which has been JDA’s majority shareholder since the merger with RedPrairie in 2012, retains majority stake

PE Firms Fundraising: Kohlberg Partners, LaSalle Asia and Others

Miller Global is also raising a fund

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

Bay-Grove-Backed Lineage Logistics Adds Consolidated Distribution to Massive Network

Logistics and warehousing deals stack up, following acquisitions by NFI, Warburg Pincus and American Fast Freight

ASRC Federal Acquires Vistronix, Cybersecurity and Intelligence Software Developer

High-profile hackings, including recent NSA leak, has helped ignite hot streak for cybersecurity M&A

Goldman Sachs Takes Minority Stake in Littlejohn

Littlejohn is invested in Interior Specialists, Penda and PlayPower

Sorenson Backs Adhesives Manufacturer Axiom, as Coatings Deals Remain Robust

Other recent similar purchases include Fomo Products, Geeraets and MetoKote

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

Carlyle Makes Another Middle Market Deal, Picks Up Wireless Tech Provider from Clearlake

In addition to the purchase of NetMotion, Carlyle recently backed JenCap, WellDyneRx and WingArc1st

TPG Buys RCN and Grande Communications, Amid Cable Industry Consolidation

Cablevision, Suddenlink and Time Warner have also been acquired

Cross-Border M&A: Mexico Speeds Up While China Slows Down

Latin America offers proximity to the U.S., a growing middle class and the potential upside that investors once found in Asia

PE Firms Fundraising: RLJ Equity Partners, Pine Street and Others

Hillcrest Credit is also raising a fund

Platinum Equity Buys Electro Rent in Take-Private Deal

The PE firm recently picked up Emerson Electric’s network power division and food ingredient distributor JM Swank

North Castle Raises $300M Healthy Living Fund

Follows fundraising by CenterOak, OpenGate, Origami and TPG

Warburg Pincus Invests in BlueGrace Logistics, Adds to Sector M&A

American Fast Freight and Bregal Sagemount recently made logistics deals, while CI Capital also said it will look for investments in the industry

EQT Acquires Patient Survey Provider Press Ganey from Vestar Capital Partners

Vestar also has plans to acquire MTI and sell Sun Products

May River Invests in Machine Parts Maker Meca, Grows Manufacturing Portfolio

Similar deals have come from Liberty Hall, Riverside and Watermill

Vestar Capital Backs MTI, Maker of Secure Retail Displays for Consumer Electronics Gadgets

The PE firm’s exits include the sale of Sun Products, maker of Snuggle fabric softener, to Henkel, and the sale of health care analytics provider Press Ganey to EQT

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