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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

Clarus Ventures, Riverside Partners, Siedman & Bancroft
Clarus calls up new managing director; Riverside announces several promotions; Siedman & Bancroft hires associate Maria Garrett

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CommScope to Buy TE Broadband Unit for $3 Billion

The deal, CommScope’s biggest, is expected to strengthen the telecom equipment provider’s products for data centers and short-range wireless transmissions

Enstar Adds to Insurance Consolidation with $218M Acquisition

The insurer bought Companion Property and Casualty from Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

Bats Buys Hotspot Currencies Market Operator for $365 Million

Bats Global Markets bought stock market Chi-X Europe in 2011, and Bats Chi-X holds a stake in EuroCCP NV

Yahoo’s Alibaba Spinoff Lays Bare Weakness in Remaining Business

While Marissa Mayer has made acquisitions, restructured the company and taken steps to boost the appeal of Yahoo’s products, she will have to deliver tangible results after more than two years as CEO

Only a Few Days Remain for 2014 M&A Mid-Market Awards Nominations

Send us your nominations today! The deadline is Jan. 31. (No exceptions.)

Investors Flow Into Oil & Gas

NGP Energy Capital Management and Five Point Capital Partners have raised recent energy funds

Lattice Expands Semiconductor Business with $600M Silicon Deal

Jefferies committed $350M in financing for the transaction

Huron Consulting Adds to Health Care Services With $325M Studer Acquisition

The transaction comes as health care providers face pressure to improve quality of care and reduce costs

Health Care Comes Home

Companies that provide health care services in the patient's home have become attractive acquisition targets, says James Clark, managing director at Harris Williams

As East-Coast Blizzard Looms, AccuWeather Acquires WeatherBank

AccuWeather picked up Sky Motion Research in 2013

Energy Transfer to Buy Regency Energy in $18B Deal

The deal is the latest attempt to simplify the often complex structures of pipeline companies

Cigna Acquires Health Services Provider QualCare Alliance

The two businesses will provide plan administration, analytics and other services to hospital systems

Post to Buy Mom Brands to Add Bagged, Hot Breakfast Cereals

Buying Mom Brands will solidify Post’s position as the third-biggest maker of ready-to-eat cereals

Axis to Merge With PartnerRe to Create $11B Reinsurer

The new company will be among the world’s five largest reinsurers

The Buyside: Deal Pros Shape Up with Fitness Plays

Recent buyers focused on fitness and the outdoors include Bass Pro Group LLC, Finish Line Inc. and Kent International Inc.

Rockwell Collins Scouting for More Deals After Arinc Buy Bolsters Sales

The aerospace company is looking to expand its connected airplane portfolio with data product providers

The Weekly Wrap: AdvancePierre Foods, Hosen Capital, Kinder Morgan

AdvancePierre Foods buys Landshire; Hosen Capital acquires meat distributor Ruprecht Co; Kinder Morgan inks natural gas deal

SkyMall Lands in Bankruptcy and Explores Sale as In-Flight Shopping Changes

New technology, competition from Amazon and the cost of getting the magazine on planes made the traditional in-flight catalog unattractive to airlines

4 Companies For Sale

See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Orbitz Worldwide and Salix Pharmaceuticals

Roper Takes Over Strata Decision Technology From VSS

The acquisition highlights the continuing integration of tech companies and health care services via M&A

Amazon Agrees to Buy Israel’s Annapurna Labs for AWS Cloud Unit

The chip developer is owned by technology entrepreneur Avigdor Willenz, who previously sold Galileo Technology to Marvell Technology Group

Pipeline Tycoon Kinder Expands Into Bakken With $3B Deal

The deal gives Kinder Morgan a foothold in the Baaken shale formation

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