Between the deluge of general solicitation news last week and the ongoing heat wave on the east coast, middle market news seems to have fallen asleep this week. While a few interesting deals happened — like Blue Wolf Capital receiving $27 million from PNC and Men’s Wearhouse buying Joseph Abboud — probably the biggest event was advancement of the lawsuit against Bain, Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR, and other major PE firms in colluding to drive down prices of target companies.
In other news, we hosted the Axial Summer Summit on Tuesday. With over 125 Members from around the country in attendance — representing a range of deal professionals from mezz lenders to investment banks and corporate acquirers — the deal talk was robust. A big thank you to our 6 Summit Sponsors: Corum Group, DeSilva+Phillips, the Telsey Advisory Group, INTL FC Stone, Western Reserve Partners, and Westwood.
Blackstone Isn’t Planning to Advertise: There has been no major influx of deal advertising yet (though we do have to wait another 45 days for the ruling to go into effect). And, Tony James of Blackstone doesn’t think there ever will be — at least not from Blackstone. This poll from peHUB supports his estimation, finding that only 27% of respondents plan to increase their advertising.
Three Rules to Make Your Company Exceptional: Michael Raynor, director of Deloitte Services LP, discusses three traits that have driven the best companies to their success. As it turns out, it’s less about their actions and more about their ideology. Hint: it involves revenues and quality. Check out this related article for more insights.
How to Spot a Future Entrepreneur: VCs might find their job a little easier in a few years, as researchers have begun identifying early-life predictors for entrepreneurship. The study found that while grades don’t really matter, social skills, socioeconomic class, and even gender are correlated to the entrepreneurial spirit.
Private Equity’s Secondary Coming: While LPs have been known to sell their stake in a PE fund, the strategy is apparently picking up speed. Secondaries hit a record $26 billion last year, up from $3 billion in 2002. Might want to spend a little more time ensuring LP satisfaction – especially before you think of raising another round.
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- Capital Markets Climate Change
- Blue Wolf Capital Partners Received $27 Million from PNC
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- Billabong Secures $364 Million in Financing
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- Why Men’s Wearhouse Bought Joseph Abboud
- Cheap Debt Drives Up LBO Valuations
- IPOs Aren’t Coming Back to the Middle Market
- Internet IPOs: First, RetailMeNot. Next, Twitter?
- What Investors Want to Hear in Your Pitch
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- Monroe Capital Corporation Prices IPO
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