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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

Good morning, all. While 2014 was a good year for fundraising, it looks like 2015 may be even better.  A survey by Coller Capital learned that nearly 40% of institutional investors are planning to raise their target allocations to PE in 2015. However, this fundraising seems dependent on GPs maintaining the exceptionally strong exit strategies of late.

It will be interesting to watch how the restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba will impact investment strategies in the coming year. Although many — particularly real estate investors —  acknowledge the significant opportunity presented, some feel it is wise to be patient when approaching the new market.

In other news, after being ousted from the company last week, American Apparel founder Dov Charney is allying with Irving Place Capital to takeover the clothier.

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This week in history… Coca-Cola buys Orangina for $840 million (1997).

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