Look for exciting deal announcements in the coming week.  Summer is a tough time to initiate deals, but a great time to get them closed – and to launch new engagements.  We have a highly strategic IP-based transaction closing on Wednesday, a second deal for a VC-backed startup later in the month, and  a new client gearing up for a September launch whose closest competitor just sold for over $200 million, at a fantastic multiple.  Tech M&A volumes are stabilizing at about 33% of where they were at the 2007 peak, but the key word is “stabilized”.  And, with a lot of the distressed inventory washed out  over the last 18 months, deal quality is rising.