Exponent, a new group of women dealmakers, brought together 200 women from private equity funds, investment banks, entrepreneurs and advisors for the Exponent Exchange, featuring Sallie Krawcheck as the keynote speaker.
Cava Group, backed by investors including Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich, is acquiring restaurant chain Zoe's Kitchen Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) for about $300 million, as Americans spend more money at restaurants.
Dating app Bumble, founded by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014, is best known for challenging "the antiquated rules of dating" by requiring that women "talk first to set an equal tone from the start." Now the startup is launching a venture capital fund to invest in women-led businesses.
Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) will focus on growing its top 25 brands including Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet paper, Crest toothpaste, Pampers diapers, Nyquil cough cold medicine, and Tide laundry detergent, while seeking acquisitions.
Private equity fundraising has slowed down in 2018, after a strong 8-year run. The amount of capital raised annually for new funds by U.S. private equity firms increased more than threefold from 2010 (when nearly $71 billion was raised) to 2017 (when $243 billion was raised).
The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is buying a minority stake in sports drink company BodyArmor. The target counts former and current National Basketball Association players Kobe Bryant and James Harden (pictured) among its investors.