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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Arlington automotive technology firm acquired by private equity firm

Smith System Driver Improvement Institute Inc., a driver training and management solution provider based in Arlington, has been acquired by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Los Angeles.
Founded in 1952, Smith works with fleet managers to provide training programs and content resources to change driver behaviors. Smith has trained millions of drivers in more than 100 countries through its on-road, classroom, e-learning and new technology-based training and driver improvement programs.
Smith is the third investment from Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Fund V LP.
Tony Douglas, Smith’s chief executive officer, and his management team will retain significant ownership in the company and will continue to lead Smith.
“I am very excited about partnering with LLCP as the company seeks to further strengthen its global market position and advance into its next stage of growth,” Douglas commented in a news release. “LLCP has a long history of being a value-added partner to its portfolio companies through their strategic, financial and M&A expertise, and I expect our partnership to contribute meaningfully to the continued growth of our business.”
Smith System was advised by Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners manages $7 billion of institutional investment capital through private equity partnerships, various debt and leveraged loan funds. LLCP is currently making new investments through Levine Leichtman Capital Partners V LP, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners SBIC Fund LP and Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Private Capital Solutions LP. Prior investments include Santa Cruz Nutritionals, CiCi’s Pizza, Hackney Ladish, Jon Douglas Real Estate Group and Luminator Technology Group.

Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net
 

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