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Leveraged Finance | July 2017

The leveraged finance market during the second quarter was defined by compressed pricing, higher leverage, wider covenant cushions, and lower minimum equity requirements. Reflecting these trends, the William Blair Leveraged Lending Index reached its most borrower-favorable level since the metric was instituted in 2014.

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Recent Deals Highlight Continued Strong Interest in Building Technologies | July 2017

As conversion trends in residential and commercial end markets gain momentum, three recent William Blair transactions reflect sustained interest in M&A of manufacturers of differentiated, highly engineered building products in the flooring, countertops, and outdoor-living subsectors.

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European Technology | June 2017

Despite rising levels of geopolitical uncertainty, European technology M&A activity continued at a robust pace in 2016. For the year, €175 billion of transactions involving European technology targets or acquirers were completed, slightly exceeding 2015’s heightened levels.

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Merger Tracker | May 2017

Despite strong equity returns and accommodative debt markets, global M&A activity has slowed in 2017. In the first quarter, the number of completed transactions fell 1.1% on a year-over-year basis. Tax reforms proposed by the Trump administration, however, could spur increased dealmaking by U.S.-based corporations.

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Cloud Insights | May 2017

After a small pullback in SaaS public equity valuations in the fourth quarter of 2016, the SaaS index recovered during the first three months of 2017. As a result, the SaaS IPO market sprang to life in mid-March after a five-month hiatus, with four companies making their public debuts from March 17 to April 13.

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Building Technologies | May 2017

The impressive financial performance and strong, defensible market positions of building technologies companies, as well as the opportunity to continue gaining market share amid the ongoing construction recovery, have attracted significant interest from strategic acquirers and financial sponsors in recent William Blair sales processes.

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ECM Quarterly | April 2017

In the first quarter of 2017, 20 IPOs priced on U.S. exchanges generating proceeds of $9.1 billion. Robust equity market returns, low volatility, and strong pricing and aftermarket returns for the first-quarter IPOs point to increased activity over the next several quarters.

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Chemicals Report | March 2017

A series of megadeals, such as ChemChina’s acquisition of Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto, pushed M&A activity in the chemicals industry to record levels in 2016 and set the stage for ongoing dealmaking and robust valuations in 2017.

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Specialty Materials | March 2017

After a record-setting 2015, M&A activity and valuations in specialty materials decreased slightly in 2016. But dealmaking in the industry continued at a healthy pace as strategic buyers aggressively pursued companies with unique products and capabilities in attractive end-markets, such as the medical industry.

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Specialty Finance | March 2017

An appellate court’s ruling in PHH vs. CFPB and Republican electoral victories in November have put the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in doubt and set the stage for an uptick in dealmaking and capital-raising in consumer finance.

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