M&A Activity Expected to Jump 36% in 2011

Global mergers and acquisitions activity is expected to rocket upward 36% next year, getting its strength from the financial and real estate industries, according to a report released Monday -- a level of increase that hasn't been seen since the credit crisis hit.

CommScope in Talks With Carlyle Group About $3 Billion Sale

CommScope (CTV), a maker of telecommunications equipment, said that private-equity firm Carlyle Group is in talks to buy the company for about $3 billion. If the deal goes through, Carlyle would acquire all of CommScope%u2019s outstanding stock for $31.50 a share in cash, Bloomberg News said. That would represent a premium of 36% over CommScope%u2019s closing price on Oct. 22.

Gymboree Hires Goldman Sachs to Auction Itself Off

After seeing interest from potential buyers, children's clothing retailer Gymboree has hired Goldman Sachs to auction itself off, and more private-equity firms have already stepped in to say they want to play. Gymboree executives are reportedly looking for price of $55 to $60 a share.

Is ArcSight Buyout Bait?

With the tech M&A market heating up, security software maker ArcSight is putting itself up for sale, according to reports. There appears to be lots of interest already. Will a bidding war ensue?

Is Regis Corp. Buyout Bait?

News that beauty salon operator Regis Corp has hired investment bank Peter J. Solomon to investigate possible buyout options sent Regis stock soaring Thursday.

Apollo Looking at a Hefty Pactiv Buyout?

Private equity firm Apollo Management is rumored to be in talks to purchase Pactiv, maker of Hefty trash bags. The deal would be one of the largest buyouts since 2007.