People Moves

Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods
Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Financial Services

Banner Year for Private Equity Fundraising Bodes Well for M&A in 2017
The amount raised in 2016 was on par with 2014, the best year for PE fundraising since the financial crisis, finds Preqin; a record number of new PE funds is being marketed to investors at the start of 2017


Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs
John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

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Fund of Funds, Lender

ESOP, Recapitalization

Agriculture, Natural Resources

New York, Hong Kong

Northeast US, Asia/Pacific

United States, Canada


Influential Women

The second edition of Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 35 leading female transaction professionals, including Kristina Heinze, co-founder of ParkerGale

Mid-Market Awards

Who should win Mergers & Acquisitions’ 10th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards for 2016?

Private Equity

Who Should Win the 2016 M&A Mid-Market Awards? Nominations Due Jan. 31

Audax Private Equity, led by co-CEO Geoffrey Rehnert, closed more than 100 investments and took home Mergers & Acquisitions' Private Equity Firm of the Year Award in 2015

Tech M&A Soars, as Even Old School Businesses Turn to SaaS, Cybersecurity, Etc.

Private equity firms, like the Riverside Co., expand tech portfolios; tech-focused firms raise new funds

Thoma Bravo Buys Enterprise Software Developer Planview; SaaS M&A Continues

Bomgar, Elemica, T2 Systems and Qlik have all been backed by Thoma Bravo

The Weekly Wrap: HP, Noble Energy, United Solutions

HP purchases SimpliVity; Noble Energy buys Clayton Williams; United Solutions adds Newell's Rubbermaid business

PE Firms Fundraising: Huntress, Silver Point and Others

EquityZen is also raising a fund

Trump Policies Likely to Make 2017 a Good Year for Buying Companies: Guest Article

Paul Aversano of Alvarez & Marsal outlines developments expected to affect the M&A environment favorably under President-elect Donald Trump

Bain Capital Backs Retail Marketer Daymon Worldwide, Plans to Grow Business in Asia

Estée Lauder, L’Oreal and Revlon have been making deals to expand in the region

Falconhead Capital Teams with M3 to Buy Kwik Tek, Maker of Airhead Wakeboards

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Johnson Outdoors, Norwest and Peak Rock all made outdoor-related deals

Cable One Buys TV Acquisition Firm RBI from GTCR, as Media Deals Draw Buyers

GTCR recently purchased telecom network provider Inteliquent and formed a new trading tech provider

Retailers Snatch Up E-Commerce Sites that Deliver Customized Services

Blue Nile, Leslie’s and PersonalizationMall.com have drawn new buyers

ACG New York Hosts 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit; Kay Koplovitz Keynotes

Also featured: Nanette Heide of Duane Morris, Julia Karol of the Watermill Group, Beatrice Mitchell of Sperry Mitchell and Michelle Van Hellemont

People Moves: Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods

Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Tritium Launches Portfolio Company to Pursue Data and Digital Service Investments

Claritas, FMCG Direct, JDA Software and Mi9 have all been purchased, as buyers seek improved customer acquisition strategies and business growth

AUA Equity-Backed Indulge Desserts Swallows Gourmet Quiche Maker L&Q

Dean Foods and Geneva Glen also purchased dessert distribution businesses

SFEP Secures Red Monkey Foods, as Deals for Seasonings Pick Up

Zoom Eyeworks, a manufacturer of reading glasses, was also purchased by the San Francisco-based private equity firm

L Catterton Backs Pool Products Supplier Leslie’s, Following Fund Close

AEA and Centerbridge also invested in similar companies

Ridgemont Purchases Freight Services Provider Worldwide Express, as Logistics Deals Drive Forward

Atlas Air, Graycliff Partners and Nascent Technology have all made deals in the sector

The Weekly Wrap: Dun & Bradstreet, LLR Partners, Mars

Dun & Bradstreet purchases Avention; LLR Partners backs BluVector; Mars buys VCA

PE Firms Fundraising: Hidden Harbor, Yellow Wood and Others

Golub Capital is also raising a fund

SunBridge Backs Commercial Property Investment Firm PSC; Real Estate M&A Picks Up

Abbell Associates, Apple Self Storage and Athena Real Estate all received investments from PSC

Thompson Street Expands Legal Software Portfolio with STI Purchase

Harvest Partners, Hyland, Omers and Roper Tech made software deals for the legal industry

Gen Cap Closes Seventh PE Fund to Back Companies in the Lower Middle Market

Airsoft gun and outdoor equipment maker Pyramid is the first middle-market business to receive investments from the fund

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