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Lending Markets Push Up Financial Services Deal Prices

Strategics acquirers and private equity firms are flush with cash and lenders are aggressively lending, increasing overall deal prices today, says Thomas Costello, a principal with of Baird Capital, in this video with Mergers & Acquisitions contributing editor Danielle Fugazy. For more, see the roundtable discussion co-sponsored by Madison Capital Funding and KattenMuchinRosenman LLP, " “Financial Services Companies Heat Up M&A Market.”
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  • The first installment of our new predictive index shows that dealmakers expect overall M&A to increase, with health care outperforming the overall market READ MORE 

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    ACG New York Women of Leadership - Entrepreneur Series
    Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley (Nasdaq: VRA), is the latest in a series of entrepreneurs highlighted at ACG New York Women of Leadership events. Photo credit: Robert Blumenfeld

    Watercooler

    GTCR, Hormel, the Riverside Co-CEOs and Others Win M&A Mid-Market Awards
    Amid a slow and challenging year for dealmaking, the winners of Mergers & Acquisitions’ 7th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards outpaced the competition to grow, innovate and lead the middle market

    Roundtable

    Financial Services Companies Heat Up M&A Market
    Speakers from Flexpoint Ford, Genstar Capital, Baird Capital, Madison Capital Funding and Katten Muchin Rosenman discuss the various factors playing a role in M&A activity within the financial services space

    Expert's Corner

    Pursuing Pharma Manufacturing
    The fragmented pharmaceutical manufacturing industry provides plenty of opportunities for private equity investors, says JLL Partners founder Paul Levy

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    Strategic Buyers

    Etsy Acquires Smaller Competitor Grand St.


    The target sells gadgets and computer accessories. Pictured: Chad Dickerson, Etsy CEO

    Aetna Adds to Insurance Consolidation, Closes InterGlobal Deal


    Recent insurance acquisitions have come from USI Insurance and Guardian Life Insurance

    John Stafford, Wyeth Merger Seeker in Pfizer Battle, Dies at 76


    The chief executive of American Home Products Corp. who sold units to focus on pharmaceuticals and made three attempts to merge before changing the company’s name to Wyeth, has died

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Builds Real Estate Network


    The affiliate of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway has made recent deals in Virginia and Illinois

    Fosun-TPG Group Agrees to Buy Chindex With Sweetened Offer


    The purchase will allow Fosun Pharma, a maker of modern drugs and traditional Chinese medicine, to expand its care capabilities as China eases controls on foreign investment in hospitals

    Valeant’s Bid for Allergan Would Be Biggest Canadian Takeover


    Valeant Chief Executive Officer Mike Pearson has been shifting his emphasis from generic drugs and expanding in opthalmology, dermatology and dentistry

    Steel Technologies Adds Stripco


    The deal gives the buyer 25 facilities in North America

    Square Denies Reports It Is Seeking a Buyer


    Square has reportedly had serious acquisition talks with Google

    Hillshire Adds Frozen Products With $165M Deal


    The deal underscores dealmakers' focus on better-for-you foods and snacks

    Blucora Pays $45M for HowStuffWorks


    The seller, Discovery Communications, will retain access to HowStuffWorks' video content

    TreeHouse Foods Adds Protenergy Natural for $150M


    The deal follows food deals by Michael Foods and Hillshire Brands

    Mednax Builds Up Anesthesia Division with Latest Deal


    The company bought its third Virginia-based anesthesiology group, Fredericksburg Anesthesia Associates

    Avenue Capital’s Lasry, Fortress’s Edens Buying Milwaukee Bucks


    The buyers agreed to add $100 million towards a new arena in Milwaukee

    Platform Specialty Buys Chemtura Unit for $1B


    Chemtura has been selling assets for a few years, including its consumer products, antioxidant and ultra-violet stabilizer businesses

    Victory Capital Buys Munder


    The deal follows a string of M&A activity for investment management companies

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