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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

Alibaba made a remarkable entrance to the public markets last week with one of the largest IPOs of all time. The flotation priced the Chinese e-commerce company at a whopping $21.8 billion, and is another example of companies staying private longer.

In other news, Scotland decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom. This is a sign of relief for many British PE and VC firms, which previously indicated their support for “remaining part of the union.” For an interesting mix of geopolitics and corporate finance, read Rob Cox’s recent column.

Another trend to watch: Big buyout firms are returning to the middle market.

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This week in history… Travelers Group acquires Salomon Brothers for $9 billion (1997).

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