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Atos acquires Xerox IT outsourcing business for $1.1B

Printer and office software maker Xerox has agreed to sell its IT outsourcing operations to Atos for $1.05 billion, almost tripling the French buyer's U.S. revenue and making America its largest market. Video

Couche-Tard buys Pantry for $1.7B

Canadian convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard will expand its footprint in the U.S. with a $1.7 billion acquisition of The Pantry. Video

Following activist pressure, Volcano is sold for $1.2B

Royal Philips announced an agreement to acquire San Diego healthcare imaging company Volcano for $1.2 billion as CEO Frans van Houten rebalances the Dutch electronics company towards medical devices. Video

Part 3: RR Donnelley talks due diligence and divestitures with Citi

RR Donnelley's Mark Aiello talks about how deals are getting done - such as changes in the due diligence and divestiture landscapes with Christina Mohr, managing director at Citi. Video

Activist investors help stir up deals

2014 has been a big year for activism, and the year is ending with two investor-facilitated transactions. Video

Wet Seal warns of potential bankruptcy

The mall-centric teen retailer is only the latest to report bad news this month: dELiA*s and Deb Shops have already gone under. And the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch stepped down as the preppy chain lost market share. Video

PetSmart goes to BC Partners in the year's biggest LBO

Dealmakers have latched onto the fact that pet ownership in the U.S. is at an all-time high, and they′re cashing in. Video

Wet Seal could consider out-of-court restructuring, bankruptcy

Wet Seal Inc. acknowledged in its third-quarter earnings release that an out-of-court restructuring or a bankruptcy filing could be possible. Video

Mary Ann Travers, valuation consultant, talks about the M&A boom

Mary Ann Travers, who heads the valuation consulting practice at accounting and consulting firm Crowe Horwath, talks about the spike in the firm's valuation operations amid the boom in merger activity. Clients vary in terms of their preparation to contend with the rigors of the valuation process: smaller companies require higher levels of assistance, larger ones tend to be better equipped, but are nevertheless focused on operationalizing the transaction versus performing the valuation. The important thing both buyers and sellers need to understand is the prospect of realizing synergies in the transaction. Regulations continue to evolve. Video

Roundy's plans exit from Wisconsin Pick n' Save and Copps stores

Though the Midwest supermarket chain denies it, industry sources expect Roundy′s Inc. to exit its more than 100 Pick n′ Save and Copps stores in the Wisconsin market. Video

More Carveouts, M&A on the Way for 2015, Says EY's Bunder

The private equity world didn't do as many big deals in 2014, but 2015 might be a totally different ballgame, says Jeff Bunder, global head of private equity with EY in New York at The Deal Economy. After seeing big spenders rein in capital during a year where PE was more likely to plot an exit than stage a big buy, Bunder's predictions are for sponsors spending in the new year. Part of that could hinge on some recent mega-fundraisings. And after a quiet year on the deal scene, private equity firms may begin to see even more heat dialed up and their fees, from Washington. Video

The Deal Economy: Jim Rosener of Pepper Hamilton talks about the outlook for M&A

Jim Rosener, a private equity partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP in New York and head of the firm's international practice, says that deal activity should continue to be strong next year. He sees activity across a range of sectors and believes that European companies will look overseas for growth, which will help an already strong U.S. M A market. And he says that PE activity should pick up once a backlog of large buyouts closes, freeing up lending capacity for other deals. Rosener spoke with The Deal's senior writer David Marcus in early December at the annual Deal Economy event at the Nasdaq headquarters in New York. Video

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