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Good morning, all. The Wall Street Journal reports on the current discussion surrounding private equity fee disclosure. States and cities are calling on the SEC to take action and require PE firms to be more transparent on the issue, and some buyout firms are already agreeing to make changes.

Meanwhile, a survey shows that mid-market companies are pursuing M&A as a growth tactic. Among the insights, 41 percent of 100 surveyed advisors, investors and buyers said M&A is the primary strategy being used by companies to grow in 2015. For 50 percent of corporate buyers, the key evaluation metric is a strong record of growth.

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This week in history…Hercules Inc., a specialty chemicals concern, pays $2.4 billion in cash to acquire industry cohort BetzDearborn Inc. The deal capped off Hercules’ quest to snag a large-scale partner who could bolster its product line (1998).

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