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Week in Review: McColl, CDW, and Entrepreneurs

What’s in store for the IPO market? There was a bit of discussion this week around the anticipated IPOs of CDW and HD Supply, two companies purchased during the buyout boom. The offering prices place valuations well below their 2007 prices. Are firms itching to exit their investments? Or is there a new tide for IPOs?

In other news, Deloitte purchased McColl Partners, Coller Capital publishes its Private Equity Barometer, and PIMCO is not optimistic about the growth of the global economy.

What is “Entrepreneurship” in the 21st Century?: Did you know, “The French word entrepreneur first appeared in the French dictionary in 1723 to describe a person who organizes and operates a business by taking a financial risk”? Faisal Hoque, an accomplished entrepreneur, breaks down how he sees the term in today’s society.

Deloitte Buys Assets of Hugh McColl’s Boutique Bank: Deloitte acquired McColl Partners, and some of its 70 professionals, on Monday in an effort to become a leading advisor to the middle market. Looks like McColl can’t resist consolidation plays — even if he is on the other side of the table.  Will we see more boutiques rolled up in the future?

A Year Later, the Missed Opportunity of the JOBS Act: Although the JOBS Act was partially designed to help spur IPO, the benefits of the various IPO-friendly clauses have done little to move the market. The companies going public now, like Fairway, are reacting to the favorable economy and stock market rather than the JOBS Act.

Coller Capital Publishes Private Equity Barometer: Coller Capital released the summer edition of its PE Barometer this week. Some interesting results include: LPs think dry powder is slightly inflating valuations, private debt funds are popular, large buyouts have limited appeal for investors.

Yankee Candle’s Pulled Dividend Deal Shows Market Turning: On Thursday evening, Yankee Candle announced the cancellation of its plan to borrow money to pay a $187 million dividend to Madison Dearborn Partners. The withdrawal of the plan signifies that PE-execs have begun planning for the tightening of the debt markets.

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