Pickup in M&A Predicted by Dealmakers, Following Republican Sweep
Audax Group's Geoffrey Rehnert and Avante's Jeri Harman were among the dealmakers we interviewed at the 2016 ACG LA Business Conference


Index of M&A Activity: October Composite at 55.4
Leads for new deals hit a 2016 high, indicating that potential M&A pipelines are full and hurdles from a slow first half have been cleared

Private Equity

ParkerGale Closes $240M Debut Fund, Building Portfolio of Lower Middle-Market Tech Companies
The Software-as-a-Service model, with recurring revenues, is attractive to private equity, says ParkerGale co-founder Kristina Heinze, who spoke at Mergers & Acquisitions’ MM360 conference

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Influential Women

Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 25 leading female transaction professionals, including Jeri Harman, founder of Avante Mezzanine Partners

Mid-Market Awards

Mergers & Acquisitions Names Winners of the 9th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards

Strategic Buyers

Teleflex’s Purchase of Vascular Solutions Underlines Consolidation in Medical Devices

Johnson & Johnson, Tecomet, TPG, Windjammer and Zimmer Biomet have recently invested in healthcare tech companies

The Weekly Wrap: AEA Investors, Parker Hannifin; Zayo

AEA Investors purchases TricorBraun; Parker Hannifin buys Clarcor; Zayo acquires Electric Lightwave

Hastings Taps Third Equity Fund to Buy Oil and Gas Chemical Provider Impact

Kimmeridge, Sun Capital and Total SA recently sold oil and gas-related companies

Parker Hannifin Acquires Filter Maker Clarcor to Expand Automotive Reach

Other car-related purchases were made by Qualcomm, Samsung and Volkswagen

Retailers Need Analytics Now More Than Ever: M&A to the Rescue

Strategic buyers, like Wal-Mart, and private equity firms, like Blackstone, compete for coveted targets, including JDA Software, Mi9 Retail and ShopperTrak

Accenture Acquires Karmarama to Expand Digital Marketing Services

Perficient, Trans Word and Web.com also purchased digital ad agencies

Clearlake-Backed Syncsort Buys Data Integration Software Developer Trillium from Harte Hanks

CNI, That’s How We Roll and Vision Solutions were purchased by Clearlake

Snyder's-Lance Sheds Diamond’s Culinary Nut Line to Focus on Snacks

Snyder’s is hanging onto Diamond’s Pop Secret popcorn brand; the move comes as consumer goods companies, including Newell and Prestige, sell off assets to hone in on fast-growing brands

McCormick Buys Italian Flavor Maker Giotti to Expand in Europe

Dealmakers of food ingredient businesses include ConAgra, Highlander and Vantage Specialty

Edwards Lifesciences Buys Valtech Cardio, Expands Heart Valve Repair Services

Other medical device deals have come Johnson & Johnson, Tecomet and Windjammer

The Weekly Wrap: Dr Pepper, Oracle, Smithfield

Dr Pepper acquires Bai Brands; Oracle purchases Dyn; Smithfield buys Clougherty Packing

Hot Properties: Digital Marketing Agencies

Criteo, Trans World and WPP have been among the buyers

Smithfield Buys Saag’s Specialty Meats and Farmer John to Diversify Consumer Base

The seller, Hormel Foods, recently bought Justin’s and Applegate Farms

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Absorbs Bai Brands to Grow "Healthy" Beverage Lines

Danone, General Atlantic, Milk Hain and Pinnacle recently purchased better-for-you brands

Oracle Buys Internet Tech Provider Dyn to Grow Cloud Computing Service

Dyn was recently the subject of a major cyberattack that affected websites including Amazon, Netflix and Twitter

Tesla Moves Beyond Cars with SolarCity Deal

The electric car maker is also buying Germany's Grohmann Engineering, and Samsung is acquiring Harman, as auto-related M&A soars

The Weekly Wrap: Charoen Pokphand, GPM, Sangetsu

Charoen Pokphand purchases Michelina's Owner Bellisio; GPM buys Admiral from Sun Capital; Sangetsu acquires Koroseal Interior

GPM Snags Two Gas Station Brands from Sun Capital

The buyer’s convenient store brands consist of BreadBox, Cigarette City, Fas Fuel, Jiffi Stop and Scotchman

The Cheesecake Factory Backs North Italia and Flower Child, as Specialized Casual Dining Restaurants Flourish

Jimmy John’s, Joe & the Juice and Wetzel’s Pretzels have received private equity investments

Estee Lauder Buys Makeup Brand Too Faced to Expand E-Commerce Line

Growing e-commerce businesses such as Ashley Stewart, Blue Nile, and Hanna Andersson have attracted buyers

GE Deepens Silicon Valley Push with Cloud Purchase

GE has recently merged with Baker Hughes and purchased Meridium

ViaSat Purchases In-Flight Entertainment Provider Arconics, Expands in Ireland

Hearst and ParkerGale also purchased aircraft tech companies

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