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

People Moves of the Week

BTIG, D.A. Davidson, KeyBanc
BTIG taps two former Lazard execs; D.A. Davidson launches real estate team; KeyBanc drafts Anne-Marie Peterson to the firm's leveraged finance team


BET Founder Continues Picking Up Hotels
RLJ Lodging, founded by Robert L. Johnson, recently paid about $50M for an Atlanta Hyatt

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Strategic Buyers

The Weekly Wrap: AK Steel,Yahoo, BBX Sweet

AK Steel buys Severstal Dearborn; Altisource picks up Mortgage Builder; Yahoo acquires Flurry

Markel Makes Majority Investment in Car Hauler

Cottrell Inc. marks the first investment for the holding company since Eagle Construction

PTC Pushes Into Cloud Computing

The purchase of Axeda comes amid a robust M&A market for tech companies

ESOP Candidates Consider Strategic Buyers

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan works for the most altruistic of sellers, while having a strategic buyer leads to a higher valuation, says Lincoln International's Robert Brown and other experts at AM&AA Summer Conference

SanDisk Secures Deal for Fusion-io

Once high-flying Fusion-io, which boasts Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as chief scientist, has struggled in recent years

Sullivan & Cromwell Has ‘Unusual’ CIT Deal Role

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz represented commercial lender CIT while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton represented OneWest, but Sullivan & Cromwell provided additional regulatory counsel for both parties

Yahoo Adds Another Startup

Flurry is one of dozens of young companies Yahoo has snatched up over the last few years under the helm of CEO Marissa Mayer

Cardtronics Continues Buying Spree With Welch ATM

The deal comes on the heels of eGlobal's acquiring the assets of ATM service The Best There Is Inc.

AK Steel and Steel Dynamics Pick Up Severstal's U.S. Operations

The deal comes as Ford and other automakers replace steel with light-weight, fuel-efficient aluminum

CBS Outdoor to Buy Billboards From Van Wagner for $690 Million

The buyer intends to roll up smaller billboard companies as it competes with Lamar Advertising and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings

The Weekly Wrap: Lindt Chocolate, InterActiveCorp, Platinum Equity

Lindt buys Russel Stover; InterActiveCorp picks up HowAboutWe.com; Platinum Equity acquires Transworld Systems

Forbes Magazine Sells Controlling Stake to Hong Kong-Based Group

Steve Forbes, the head of the family and a two-time U.S. presidential candidate, put the magazine’s parent company up for sale following years of dwindling profits

Twitter Adds Payments Service in On-Going Quest to Increase Revenues

Nathan Hubbard, the micro-blogging site's head of commerce, helms deal with CardSpring in Twitter's latest attempt to leverage in-tweet shopping

AbbVie to Buy Shire for $54.8 Billion in Tax Inversion

AbbVie becomes the latest U.S. health company to move abroad amid a record surge in industry deals

Vantage Hospitality Builds Portfolio with America's Best Franchising Hotels

The deal adds America's Best Inns & Suites, Country Health Inns & Suites and other branded hotels to the hospitality group

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