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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

Although 2014 has been a year of huge transactions, there was just enough time to squeeze in one more deal — the largest takeover of the year. It was announced yesterday that PetSmart has agreed to sell itself to BC Partners for $8.7 billion. Although JPMorgan advised on the PetSmart deal, 2014 has seen a rising prominence of smaller boutique banks in some of the largest transactions.

In other news, New York Times’ Dealbook hosted their annual conference. The event gathered top leaders of the  private equity and banking industry in a conversation around regulatory and monetary policy, economic outlook for 2015, and the robust deal environment. Key topics included the energy sector, the significance of activist investors, and how Jessica Alba started a $1 billion business.

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This week in history… Ivan Boesky was found guilty of insider trading (1987).

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