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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

Maybe Mitt’s 2012 legacy is fading. Last week, three candidates with PE background were elected into office: Bruce Rauner, Charlie Baker, and Gina Raimondo.

But, their victory is not the real story of the midterm election. With both houses of Congress now controlled by Republicans, dealmakers have some reasons to be excited. Potential revisions to corporate tax law, Dodd-Frank, and more could show to be in the favor of the corporate finance community. Some dealmakers are particularly hopeful that the elections can bring some “sanity” to the middle market.

In other news, LPs seem to be fighting for the opportunity to invest in top funds. The WSJ reported that “nearly a third of endowment and foundation investors were locked out of private equity funds or saw their commitments to managers cut in 2014, according to a study from investment consulting firm NEPC.” The renewed interest is likely due to the past few quarters of strong returns. But, the LP-GP relationship still seems to be rocky at the moment.

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This week in history…Unisys is formed through the merger of Sperry Rand and Burroughs (1986).

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