Middle-Market M&A Bounced Back in October
Sensata’s $1B purchase of Schrader International, which makes tire-pressure monitors, from Madison Dearborn was the biggest middle-market deal to close in October

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Golub Grows Tech Lending Unit
A burst of growth from technology companies is behind the decision to expand the late-stage-lending unit, says Golub’s Andy Steuerman


GPs Co-Invest with Limited Partners
Financial sponsors call on limited partners to help round out equity commitments, says Christina Carroll of Stout Risius Ross

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Speed Commerce Pays $55M to Add More E-Commerce Capabilities

Recent e-commerce investments include Sterling Partners' deal for Innotrac and Siris Capital's purchase of Digital River

The Weekly Wrap: Sentinel, Shutterfly, Arcus

Sentinel Capital buys RotoMetrics; Shutterfly picks up Groovebook; Arcus acquires Dead Down Wind

Blackstone to Acquire Japan Apartments for $1.61B

International buyers have been flocking to Japan’s residential market after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012 with a pledge to end the deflation that’s depressed real estate prices. Pictured: Blackstone COO Tony James

Securian Financial Grabs Majority Interest in Asset Allocation

Ares and Legg Mason have also acquired asset managers recently

ECMC Pays $24M to Buy Campuses from Struggling Corinthian Colleges

The seller is under investigation from the U.S. Department of Education regarding allegations over student attendance and manipulation of grade records

Apellis Pharma Buys Macular Degeneration Drug

Aegerion Pharma and Warburg Pincus have also invested in pharmaceuticals recently

W.R. Grace Grabs Rest of Turkish Construction JV

The construction chemicals company has also acquired a unit of Dow chemical and Noblestar Catalysts business

Graham Media Buys SocialNewsDesk

The target provides social media-management software to newsrooms

Retail Reboot: Investors Snatch Up E-Commerce Services

Sterling Partners is just one of several PE firms capitalizing on the rise of e-commerce, picking up Innotrac, which provides services to J. Crew, Zara and other retailers

Shutterfly Snags GrooveBook After Cameo on “Shark Tank”

The deal follows Shutterfly's acquisitions of MyPublisher and ThisLife

Actavis to Buy Allergan for $66B, Topping Valeant’s Bid

Alelrgan has avoided a hostile takeover from Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Halliburton Agrees to Buy Baker Hughes for $34.6B

Halliburton eliminates one of its chief rivals in the merger at a time when falling oil prices have plunged the industry into a downturn

The Weekly Wrap: HGGC, Kindred, Rhone

HGGC acquires Survey Sampling; Kindred picks up Centerre Healthcare; Rhone adds GK Holdings

Genesis Closes $157 Tanker Deal

The oil and gas company also provides transportation services

Romulus Stacks Portfolio with 16 IHOPs

The deal is the latest food franchise transaction, following Chuck E. Cheese's recent merger with Peter Piper Pizza and NPC's purchase of 56 Wendy's locations

LexisNexis Buys Health Market Science

The deal underscores how health care providers are seeking to comply with regulatory requirements

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Procter & Gamble’s Duracell Battery Unit for $4.7B Stock Swap

P&G CEO A.G. Lafley has been streamlining the world’s largest consumer-products company, cutting expenses and selling non-core businesses, such as its pet-food business

Kindred Expands Rehab Unit with $195M Centerre Acquisition

Health care providers have been consolidating to provide services as the ACA brings more patients into the health care system

Solar Power Grabs Mongolian Solar Energy Group for $101M

The deal follows solar energy transactions by TerraForm Power and NRG Energy

Bicycle Group Kent Buys Stoneridge Cycle

The buyer sells bikes and accessories under the Kent, BCA, Goodyear, Razor and X-Games brands

NCI Adds to Building Products M&A with $245M Centria Acquisition

Audax and Spectrum Brands have also made building products purchases recently

Estée Lauder Grabs Luxury Perfume Group Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle

The buyer also owns beauty brands Clinque, MAC, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox

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