JAB Holding Company announced it would acquire Panera Bread for $7.5 billion to further its presence in the US fast-casual restaurant market. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 2017. The acquisition also gives JAB access to Panera’s experienced management. Chief Executive Ron Shaich and the management team will continue leading Panera after the […]

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What will 2014 look like for mergers and acquisitions? While no one knows what the future holds, I see these three trends continuing: 1. Increased middle-market M&A Middle-market companies are the primary driver of economic activity in the U.S.  With favorable market conditions, expect an uptick next year. A survey by Mergers & Acquisitions  showed […]

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Chinese firm Shuanghui International Holdings announced its intention to buy Smithfield Foods Inc for $4.7 billion. The total of the transaction, including debt, would be $7.1 billion. That’s big news for M&A watchers in the food industry, an arena that has captured my attention since my firm managed the acquisition of shrimp specialist Empress International […]

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