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Buyer Beware: Look Under the IT Hood
The state and scalability of a target's infrastructure are important factors to assess before buying, says Paranet's David Boone

Financial Services

Lower Middle-Market Dealmakers Flock to Chicago for AM&AA Summer Conference
Highlights include keynote speeches from Jones Day's Andrew Sherman and CohnReznik's Patrick O'Keefe and a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field

Consumer Goods & Retail

Samsonite Continues Deal Spree with $85M Gregory Mountain Products Buy
After buying Speck and Lipault earlier in 2014, the luggage maker increased its credit facility while it evaluates other targets

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Strategic Buyers

Semiconductor Group Vishay Pays $205M for Capella


The transaction follows similar deals from GigOptix and Analog Devices

Bank M&A on Pace for Best Year Since 2008


Banks announced 136 whole-bank deals in the first half of 2014, representing an 18% increase from a year earlier

The Weekly Wrap: Opus Global, Thoma Bravo, Kainos Capital


Opus Global buys Hiperos; Thoma Bravo picks up Spara Systems; Kainos Capital acquires Slim-Fast

CBRE Inks Another Deal in Germany


The real estate developer picked up Preuss Gesellschaft after buying Valteq Gesellschaft in February

Reynolds Confirms Lorillard Talks as Cigarette Merger Nears


An agreement could be announced as early as July 14

Buyers Eye Smart-Home Appliance Makers


For mid-market companies, potential acquirers include AT&T, Johnson Controls, Samsung and Schneider Electric

Kainos Capital Drinks in Slim-Fast


Other similar deals include MidOcean's investment in Nutrabolt and Hormel's deal for Muscle Milk

In Latest E-Learning Deal, Security Innovation Buys Safelight


Kaplan and MasteryConnect have also recently made digital education acquisitions

Vornado Leads $700 Million Deal for Retail Space at Fifth Ave.’s St. Regis Hotel


The REIT joined with Crown Acquisitions in a deal for the stores, which are currently leased to Gucci’s Bottega Veneta brand and to De Beers

Duff & Phelps Adds RSM Farrell's Restructuring Group


The advisory firm gains more than 200 turnaround professionals

IBM Invests $3 Billion in Chip Research Amid Talks to Sell Unit


The company is reportedly nearing a deal to sell the chip-manufacturing business to Globalfoundries Inc.

Lenders Show Love for Packaging


Packaging acquisitions are generally attractive to investors, according to Quad-C partner Frank Winslow

Business Services Group Safeguard Expands with Marketing Products Group Purchase


The company followed up a November deal for Prime Business Solutions with the acquisition of QBF

Energy Services Consolidation Continues with Kleinfelder Purchase


Other recent oil and gas services acquisitions have come from Mastec and GE

Diebold Sells Check Processing Division to CheckAlt


The target provides payment and item processing for financial institutions and merchants

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