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Wrap Up

First Half of 2014 Best for M&A in 3 Years
Positive predictions for 2014 are coming true, with the first six months of the year generating more deals than the same periods in 2012 and 2013

Expert's Corner

How to Leverage Social Media in Dealmaking
Axial’s Sam Jacobs provides tips to use specialized social networks to meet, interact, communicate and transact

People Moves of the Week

Brown Gibbons Lang, Cantor Fitzgerald, Wilmington Trust
Brown Gibbons Lang taps corporate M&A specialist; Cantor Fitzgerald names head of media investment banking; Wilmington Trust brings in BNY Mellon vets Julie Balerna and Deb Daniello

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Strategic Buyers

Beacon Roofing Adds All Weather Products in Latest Building Products Deal


The acquisition follows similar deals by Kodiak Building Partners and Argosy Private Equity

The Weekly Wrap: Oak Hill, Amazon, Brentwood


Oak Hill picks up Berlin Packaging; Amazon acquires Twitch; Brentwood picks up Marshall Retail

7 Companies for Sale


See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Ann Inc. and Heinold Hog Markets

Tau Therapeutics and Xdynia Merge into Cancer/Neurology Group


The move comes as drug companies have been looking to acquire innovative cancer treatments

AllOver Media Adds Gas Station Radio


In May, AllOver Media bought Trans Media Group

Covidien Picks up Medical Device Maker Sapheon


The buyer won Mergers & Acquisitions M&A Mid-Market Strategic Buyer of the Year award for 2012 after a string of medical device purchases

Alcon Buys WaveTec Vision


Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Thomas H. Lee have also recently participated in eye-care deals

Roper Buys IPA from Riverside Partners


The deal follows health care transactions from Genstar Capital and Graham Partners

Bob Diamond’s Atlas Mara Seeking More Southern-Africa Deals


The announcement comes about a year after Diamond and Ugandan entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar raised $325M in an IPO

Radiant Oil Takes Over Gulf Coast Energy Project


Other recent oil and gas transactions have come from Riverstone, Barlcays Natural, Temasek and Valero

Google Buys Visual-Effects Company Zync to Boost Cloud Tools


Zync's technology lets studios create enhanced scenes and graphics for movies -- such as such as “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Looper” -- via the Internet

Riverstone, Barclays, Temasek Invest $525M in Norwegian Oil Exploration Company


The move comes after Riverstone partnered with KKR to form an oil company

Roche to Buy InterMune for $8.3B, Adding Lung Drug


The agreement reflects Roche’s confidence in pirfenidone, potentially the first drug in the U.S. for a rare lung disease that typically kills in five years

Burger King to Buy Tim Hortons Chain for About $11.4B


The purchase gives Burger King access to a coffee brand with a cult following, which may help boost breakfast sales

Amazon Said to Buy Twitch for $1B as Google Bid Fails


The deal, the largest in Amazon’s 20-year history, gives it an online forum of 45 million monthly active users, where people discuss games or watch other gamers as they play

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