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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

Good morning, Forum readers. Hope you had a nice Mother’s Day.

Last week saw no shortage of news and events for the capital markets. On the public front: Alibaba executed its much anticipated IPO, Apple entered into talks to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, and Publicis and Omnicom called off their merger.

In the private capital markets, the SEC has continued its investigation into PE firms. Click here to read a speech from SEC’s Andrew Bowden discussing the inspections and examinations. One of the biggest red flags amidst investigations has been how PE firms pay their operating partners.

Below are some other stories, transactions, and events to help you start your week…


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This week in history… 24 stockbrokers gathered outside 68 Wall Street to sign the Buttonwood Agreement, the contract that founded the New York Stock Exchange (1792).

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