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  Accel-KKR invests in TEAM Software :  
Accel-KKR has invested in TEAM Software. Financial terms weren’t announced. TEAM Software, of Omaha, provides cloud-based technology solutions for contractors in the janitorial and security industries.  
  SunTx Capital invests in Anchor Partners :  
SunTx Capital Partners said Sept. 18 that it has invested in Anchor Partners. Financial terms weren’t announced. Anchor Partners, of Dallas, is a holding company for a family of enterprises focused on customized metal manufacturing solutions.  
  Athenahealth gives more times for bids: Bloomberg :  
At least two parties are in talks to buy Athenahealth Inc, which has pushed out a bid deadline by a few weeks, Bloomberg reported. Elliott Management Corp, which is partnering with Bain Capital, as well as one other strategic bidder, remain interested in the health records technology company, the story said.  
  Riverstone to seek buyer for Abaco Energy Technologies: Bloomberg :  
Riverstone Holdings LLC has hired an investment adviser to run an auction for Abaco Energy Technologies, Bloomberg reported. The oilfield services equipment company could sell for $900 million, the story said.  
  Five Elms invests in Passageways :  
Five Elms Capital has invested in Passageways. Financial terms weren’t announced. Passageways, Lafayette, Indian, provides collaboration software for employees and board of directors.  
  Apposite Capital buys Prime Health Diagnostics Ltd :  
Apposite Capital said Sept. 18 that it acquired Prime Health Diagnostics Ltd. Financial terms weren’t announced. Prime Health, of Weybridge, Surrey, operates a diagnostic, treatment and fitness facility.  
  Salt Creek buys Drake Equipment :  
Salt Creek Capital has acquired Phoenix, Arizona-based Drake Equipment, a provider of commercial service bodies for work-ready trucks and other utility vehicles. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  Center Rock funds LINC :  
Center Rock Capital Partners LP has made an investment in Westfield, Indiana-based LINC, a provider of fastener, packaging and MRO tools and supplies. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  Long Ridge takes majority stake in ProcessUnity :  
Long Ridge Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in ProcessUnity, a software-as-a-service provider for integrated risk management. No financial terms were disclosed. In addition to the transaction, Jim Brown, Kevin Bhatt and Jason Melton will join the ProcessUnity board of directors.  
  Apollo invests in INET :  
Apollo Global Management has made an investment in INET, a tech and telecommunications company that enables the industrial internet of things. No financial terms were disclosed. DCS Advisory provided financial advice to INET on the transaction.  
  Investcorp to back Chinese tech fund :  
Investcorp has agreed to invest up to $150 million in China Everbright Limited New Economy Fund LP and a co-investment of up to $100 million. The fund, which secured a commitment of $313 from other investors in its first round, invests in Chinese technology companies.  
  Westhook invests in Metco Landscape :  
Westhook Capital has made an investment in Aurora, Colorado-based Metco Landscape, a provider of landscaping installation and maintenance services. No financial terms were disclosed. Ceibass Venture Partners LLC provided financial advice to Metco on the transaction.  
  Hyde Park buys 16 Five Guys franchises in New England :  
Hyde Park Ventures has acquired 16 Five Guys franchises in New England. No financial terms were disclosed. Fifth Third Bank provided the debt financing for the deal.  
  Center Rock buys American Piping Products :  
Center Rock Capital Partners LP has acquired St. Louis, Missouri-based American Piping Products, a provider of of steel pipe, fittings and valves. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  Ten best practices for #MeToo due diligence :  
By Andrew K. Jennings, Ekdesk With #MeToo emerging as a distinct risk category in M&A, buyers and their advisers must think about how to diligence these issues. Nearly a year after the Harvey Weinstein story broke, “Weinstein” and “#MeToo” reps are starting to appear in merger agreements and may be on their way to becoming market terms. […]  
  Lighyear-backed Wealth Enhancement to buy OneSource Retirement Advisors :  
Wealth Enhancement Group, a Lightyear Capital LLC portfolio company said Sept. 18 that it agreed to buy OneSource Retirement Advisors. Financial terms weren’t announced. OneSource, of Malvern Pennsylvania, is an independent financial advisory practice with $276 million in client assets.  
  Shares in jeweler Pandora jump on takeover report: Reuters :  
Shares in Danish jeweler Pandora (PNDORA.CO) jumped as much as 10 percent on Tuesday following a media report that private equity funds are studying a potential takeover bid, Reuters reported.   
  Mountaingate taps Fitzpatrick as VP :  
Mountaingate Capital has named Molly Fitzpatrick as vice president. Previously, she worked at The Halifax Group.  
  Vista and GrandBanks back Dispatch :  
Boston-based Dispatch, a logistics company, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding. The investors were Vista Equity Partners and GrandBanks Capital.   
  Palo Duro Capital forms CCR Specialty Chemicals :  
Palo Duro Capital LLC has formed CCR Specialty Chemicals LLC, a provider of formulated specialty chemical products. No financial terms were disclosed for the transaction that was done in partnership with a chemical sector special-purpose vehicle controlled by Mario Toukan.   
  Ardian takes minority stake in IWD :  
Ardian has acquired a minority stake in IWD, a merchandising software publisher. No financial terms were disclosed.   
  Saudi’s PIF invests over $1 billion in electric carmaker Lucid Motors: Reuters :  
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund said on Monday it had agreed to invest more than $1 billion in Silicon Valley-based Lucid Motors to produce electric vehicles.  
  Brazos sells BlackHawk to Snow Phipps :  
Snow Phipps Group LLC has acquired BlackHawk Industrial Distribution Inc from Brazos Private Equity Partners LLC. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, BlackHawk is an industrial distributor of cutting tools, abrasives and MRO products.   
  Warburg Pincus provides up to $500 mln in Tall City :  
Midland, Texas-based Tall City, an oil and gas exploration and production company, has secured financing of up to $500 million. The backer was Warburg Pincus.  
  Canadian licensed medical marijuana producer Beleave to secure funding from Alumina Partners :  
Alumina Partners LLC has agreed to invest up to C$20 million in Beleave Inc. The capital infusion will be used for growth and to strengthen Beleave's balance sheet. Based in Burlington, Ontario, Beleave is a licensed medical marijuana producer.  
  DVI invests in Wasabi :  
DVI Equity Partners has made an investment in Boston-based Wasabi Technologies, a hot cloud storage company. No financial terms were disclosed. Last week it was announced that Wasabi had raised $68 million in Series B financing in a round that included Forestay Capital.  
  Emplify raises $7.5 mln :  
Edison Partners said Sept. 17 that it led a $7.5 million growth investment in Emplify, of Fishers, Indiana. Emplify is an employee engagement measurement company.  
  TPG, Rockbridge Growth look to sell stakes in AXS: Wall Street Journal :  
TPG and Rockbridge Growth Equity are exploring strategic options for their stakes in AXS, the Wall Street Journal reported. The two firms hold 62 percent of AXS, which values the ticketing company at $250 million, the story said. Anschutz Entertainment Group, which holds the remaining 38 percent of AXS, isn’t interested in selling its stake, the WSJ said.  
  Fiat to consider other offers for Magneti Marelli: Bloomberg :  
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has decided to consider other offers for its Magneti Marelli parts unit since KKR’s bid came in too low, according to a report from Bloomberg. KKR offered less than the 6 billion-euro ($7 billion) minimum valuation sought by Fiat, the story said. KKR wanted to pay about 5 billion euros for Marelli, Bloomberg said.  
  Thompson Street buys LifeSpan Biosciences :  
Thompson Street Capital Partners said Sept. 17 that has acquired LifeSpan Biosciences Inc. Management is also investing. Financial terms weren’t announced. LifeSpan Biosciences, of Seattle, distributes antibodies and related reagents primarily to the academic and pharmaceutical research markets via its e-commerce platform. BroadOak Capital Partners served as LifeSpan Biosciences’ exclusive financial adviser. Achelous Partners acted as Thompson Street’s financial adviser.  
  Graycliff Partners invests in Graybill Processing :  
Graycliff Partners LP said Sept. 17 that it invested in Graybill Processing Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. Graybill, of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, is a food by-product recycling company.  
  WestView supports AccountabilIT’s acquisition of ClearPointe :  
WestView Capital Partners has made an investment in AccountabilIT to support its acquisition of Little Rock, Arkansas-based ClearPointe Technologies, a managed services provider specializing in cloud-based transformations, migrations and managed services. No financial terms were disclosed. Scottsdale, Arizona-based AccountabilIT is a managed services firm with a focus on cybersecurity.  
  BelHealth acquires Gemini Bio-Products :  
BelHealth Investment Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm, has acquired West Sacramento, California-based Gemini Bio-Products, a biological reagents manufacturer and supplier. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  MidOcean buys B2B information services company Questex :  
MidOcean Partners has acquired Newton, Massachusetts-based Questex, a B2B information services provider. The seller was Shamrock Capital. No financial terms were disclosed. Jefferies LLC served as financial adviser to Questex on the deal.  
  Geneva Glen Capital acquires EZ Shipper Racks :  
Geneva Glen Capital has acquired Westlake Village, California-based EZ Shipper Racks, a provider of recoverable shipping racks to the nursery industry. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  Nexxus Iberia and Capzanine invest in three Spain-based healthcare brands :  
Nexxus Iberia and Capzanine have invested in three healthcare brands based in Spain: Dorsia, Eva Fertility and Origen. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  Silver Lake to invest $600 mln in AMC :  
Silver Lake has agreed to invest $600 million in AMC Entertainmennt Holdings Inc, a movie exhibition company. Goldman Sachs and Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP acted as adviser and legal counsel to AMC. And, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as adviser and legal counsel to Silver Lake.  
  Vista closes investment in iCIMS :  
Vista Equity Partners has closed its investment in iCIMS Inc, a provider of cloud-based talent acquisition solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Susquehanna Growth Equity will remain a shareholder. Goldman Sachs provided financial advice to iCIMS while Qatalyst did likewise for Vista.  
  Arbor to acquire Mars Petcare’s U.S. EP business :  
Arbor Investments has agreed to acquire Mars Petcare's U.S.-based exclusive brands business. No financial terms were disclosed. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as financial adviser to Mars while Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is providing legal advice. And, Kirkland & Ellis is acting as legal adviser to Arbor.  
  AEI buys Gryphon Technologies :  
AE Industrial Partners LP has acquired Washington, D.C.-based Gryphon Technologies, a defense engineering and technical services firm. No financial terms were disclosed. AEI will merge Gryphon Technologies with portfolio company CDI Government Services Inc. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP served as financial adviser to AEI while SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc did likewise for Gryphon Technologies.  
  H.I.G. buys Reliant from DWHP :  
H.I.G. Capital has acquired Reliant Rehabilitation from DW Healthcare Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Deutsche Bank provided financial advice to DWHP on the transaction while Paul Hastings LLP served as DWHP's legal counsel. Based in Plano, Texas, Reliant is a provider of contract therapy services to post-acute facilities in the U.S.  
  Investor group to buy Momentive for about $3.1 bln :  
An investor group comprised of SJL Partners LLC, KCC Corporation and Wonik QnC Corporation has agreed to acquire Momentive for about $3.1 billion. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019. Goldman Sachs and Moelis & Company LLC are serving as financial advisers to Momentive while UBS Investment Bank is doing likewise for the investor group. Waterford, New York-based Momentive is a maker of specialty silicones and silanes, as well as fused quartz and specialty ceramics products.   
  Alpine to buy Riverside clinical and standardized testing portfolio for $140 mln :  
Alpine Investors has agreed to acquire the Riverside clinical and standardized testing portfolio of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $140 million. Lazard Middle Market provided financial advice to HMH on the deal while WilmerHale acted as HMH’s legal counsel.  
  Japan’s Pioneer gets $540 mln lifeline from Baring as debt deadline looms: Reuters :  
Japan’s Pioneer Corp secured a bailout worth up to 60 billion yen ($540 million) from Baring Private Equity Asia, after failed bets on car navigation and audio systems saddled it with debt and pushed it into the red, Reuters reported.   
  Swander Pace gobbles up Fine Choice Foods :  
Swander Pace Capital said Sept. 13 that it has acquired Fine Choice Foods. Financial terms weren’t announced. Fine Choice, of Richmond, British Columbia, develops, makes and distributes fresh and frozen Asian-flavored appetizers to retail and foodservice channels in Canada and the U.S.  
  Falcon Investment Advisors invests in Basic Fun! :  
Falcon Investment Advisors has invested in Basic Fun!. Financial terms weren’t announced. Basic Fun!, of Boca Raton, Florida, is a toy and novelties company.  
  General Atlantic invests in OneOncology :  
General Atlantic has invested in OneOncology, a combination of three practices. They include Tennessee OncologyNew York Cancer & Blood Specialists, and West Cancer Center. Financial terms weren’t announced. OneOncology, of Nashville, unites more than 225 oncology providers, over 60 care locations, and aims to treat nearly 158,000 cancer patients every year.  
  Nordea, DNB sell Baltic bank stake to Blackstone in $1.2 billion deal: Reuters :  
Nordea (NDA.ST) and DNB (DNB.OL) have agreed to sell a 60 percent stake in Baltic bank Luminor to a Blackstone (BX.N) private equity consortium for 1 billion euros ($1.16 billion) in cash, Reuters reported.   
  KKR to exit Sedgwick in $6.7 bln sale :  
Carlyle Group has agreed to buy a majority of Sedgwick in a deal valued at about $6.7 billion. KKR, which invested in Sedgwick in 2014, will fully exit its position once the deal closes. Stone Point Capital LLC and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), together with Sedgwick management, will remain minority investors. Sedgwick, of Memphis, is an insurance claims service provider.   
  Charlesbank closes Rockport buy :  
Charlesbank Capital Partners has closed its buy of Rockport Group LLC, a spokeswoman said. In July, Charlesbank said it planned to move forward with its asset purchase agreement for Rockport. The deal includes Rockport’s global wholesale, independent and e-commerce operations and all of its Asia and Europe operations and retail stores. Rockport filed for bankruptcy protection in May.  
  Carlyle Group, Investindustrial create 500 mln euro interior design group: Reuters :  
Private equity firms Investindustrial and Carlyle Group teamed up to create a high-end interior design group, with total sales of more than 500 million euros ($580 million), Reuters reported.   
  Japan’s Pioneer gets $540 mln lifeline from Baring as debt deadline looms: Reuters :  
Japan’s Pioneer Corp secured a bailout worth up to 60 billion yen ($540 million) from Baring Private Equity Asia, after failed bets on car navigation and audio systems saddled it with debt and pushed it into the red, Reuters reported.   
  Carlyle Group in talks to buy Sedgwick Claims, say sources: Reuters :  
Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP (CG.O) is in talks to acquire Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc, the largest U.S. insurance claims service provider, for more than $6 billion, including debt, sources told Reuters.  
  Hilco, Rabin and CRG acquire Bellisio Foods’ assets :  
Hilco Industrial, Rabin Worldwide and Capital Recovery Group have acquired the assets of Austin, Minnesota-based Bellisio Foods. No financial terms were disclosed. Hilco, Rabin and CRG have put up for sale Bellisio Foods' frozen food processing and packaging facility.  
  Pine Lake Partners acquires AMS Environmental :  
Pine Lake Partners LLC has acquired Schaumburg, Illinois-based AMS Environmental Inc, a commercial and industrial waste management solutions provider. No financial terms were disclosed. Generational Capital Markets advised AMC Environmental on the deal.  
  Union Capital buys Albie’s Foods :  
Union Capital has acquired Gaylord, Michigan-based Albie's Foods Inc, a provider of homemade-quality convenience foods for the food service and retail industries. No financial terms were disclosed. Kratos Capital advised Albie's Foods on the deal.  
  RapidRatings pulls in $30 mln from FTV Capital :  
New York City-based RapidRatings, a provider of financial health analysis, has closed $30 million in funding. The investor was FTV Capital. In addition to the investment, Kyle Griswold, a partner at FTV Capital, has joined the RapidRatings' board of directors. As a result of the funding, LLR Partners will continue to be a shareholder and remain on the board. Marlin & Associates advised RapidRatings on the transaction.  
  Stella Point provides funding to Vereco :  
Stella Point Capital has made an investment in Laguna Niguel, California-based Vereco, a provider of healthcare document services. No financial terms were disclosed. B. Riley served as financial adviser to Vereco on the transaction.   
  ShoreView funds MDC :  
ShoreView Industries has made an investment in Glendale Heights, Illinois-based MDC, a provider of vertical interior spaces. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  APG and Corsair to acquire a majority stake in Itínere :  
APG and Corsair Infrastructure Partners have agreed to acquire a majority stake in Itínere, a Spanish operator of five toll road concessions. The sellers include Gateway Infrastructure Investments LP. The transaction puts Itínere at an equity valuation of 1.3 million euros. Deutsche Bank was financial adviser to APG on the deal.  
  H.I.G. backs Brazilian cancer clinic AMO :  
H.I.G. Capital has made an investment in AMO, a Brazilian oncology clinic. No financial terms were disclosed.   
  Apax to invest in Paycor :  
Apax Partners has agreed to invest in Paycor, a provider of HR, payroll, time, recruiting, benefit administration and other services to over 38,000 medium and small-sized companies. No financial terms were disclosed.   
  Aretex acquires ZZ Capital’s stake in Building Energy :  
Aretex Capital Partners has acquired a stake in Building Energy, a power producer of renewable energy. The seller was ZZ Capital. No financial terms were disclosed.   
  Pamlico buys Personify from Rubicon :  
Pamlico Capital has acquired Personify Inc from Rubicon Technology Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated provided financial advice to Personify on the deal. Austin, Texas-based Personify is a provider of constituent management and engagement software solutions to nonprofit organizations.   
  GEF Capital invests in Bluesource :  
GEF Capital Partners has made an undisclosed investment in Bluesource, a provider of climate change and environmental products and services. No financial terms were disclosed. Goodwin Procter provided legal advice to GEF Capital on the deal while Parr Brown did likewise for Bluesource.   
  MidOcean buys Florida Food Products :  
Kainos Capital said Sept. 11 that it sold portfolio company Florida Food Products to MidOcean Partners. Financial terms weren’t announced. Florida Foods, of Eustis, Florida, makes and formulates vegetable and fruit based ingredients that provide clean label solutions to the food, beverage, and pet nutrition industries. Houlihan Lokey provided financial advice to Florida Food Products and Winston & Strawn served as legal adviser.  
  Telereal Trillium, Blackstone to buy Network Rail’s commercial estate portfolio :  
Telereal Trillium and Blackstone Property Partners are buying Network Rail’s commercial estate portfolio for 1.46 pounds ($1.9 billion). Telereal and Blackstone will hold equal ownership stakes. The portfolio is made up of around 5,200 properties, the majority of which are converted railway arches. Michael Steele and Carlos Gil Rivas of Kirkland & Ellis LP advised Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium.  
  EQT Partners consider going public: Bloomberg :  
EQT Partners is considering an IPO as it looks to strengthen its balance sheet, Bloomberg reported. The Swedish PE firm is also looking at an outside investor as part of a broader strategic review, the story said. EQT, which won’t make a formal decision before the second half of 2019, isn’t considering selling the entire business, Bloomberg said.  
  Despite the rise of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retail ain’t dead yet :  
By Patrick Crocker, MHT Partners It’s a well-worn adage among investors on Wall Street that e-commerce retailing, dominated by Amazon, is killing brick-and-mortar stores. While that’s true for some retailers, a closer examination suggests that the rumors of the death of retail stores may be premature. From giant Walmart to discount chain Dollar General, many […]  
  Hargett Hunter, TriSpan buy majority of STACKED :  
Hargett Hunter and TriSpan have a majority stake in STACKED. Financial terms weren’t announced. Co-founders Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy will remain as co-CEOs. STACKED, of Huntington Beach, California, a contemporary casual dining brand, has five locations in California.  
  Castanea Partners invests in West Coast Fitness :  
Castanea Partners has invested in West Coast Fitness LLC. Financial terms weren’t announced. Founders Paul Marcus and Brendon Ayanbadejo will remain shareholders and will continue to lead the business. West Coast Fitness is a franchisee and area representative of Orangetheory® Fitness that operates ten Orangetheory studios and oversees an additional seventeen studios owned by other franchisees in Los Angeles and San Francisco’s South Bay area. Latham & Watkins served as legal counsel to Castanea. Davis Wright Tremaine acted as legal counsel and Piper Jaffray & Co served as financial adviser to West Coast Fitness.  
  Tiger Peak Capital buys majority of Voice Comm :  
Tiger Peak Capital has acquired a majority of Voice Comm. Financial terms weren’t announced. Rockwave Capital and Seven Shores invested along with company management. Voice Comm, of Pennsauken, New Jersey, is a supply chain manager for mobile device accessories. McGuireWoods served as legal advisers to Tiger Peak. Rush Street Capital advised on debt financing and CohnReznick LLP was the firm’s accounting and tax advisor.  
  Care Advantage buys Direct Home Health Care :  
Care Advantage Inc, a portfolio company of BelHealth Investment Partners LLC, has acquired Direct Home Health Care. Financial terms weren’t announced. Direct Home Health provides in-home personal care services primarily to Medicaid recipients from two locations in Virginia, Portsmouth and Newport News.  
  Ancor Capital buys STATinMED Research :  
Ancor Capital Partners said Sept. 10 that it acquired STATinMED Research. Financial terms weren’t announced. StatinMed, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a medical technology company in the health economics and outcomes research – HEOR – industry.  
  TowerBrook to exit Wilton Brands :  
TowerBrook Capital Partners LP has agreed to sell Wilton Brands to Dr. August Oetker KG. Financial terms weren’t announced. Wilton, of Naperville, Illinois, provides cake decorating, candy making, bakeware and party products.  
  Birch Hill to boost stake in Tidwater to 22.3 percent :  
Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc has agreed to buy 43.7 million shares of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd for $1.45 a share or $63.37 million. AltaGas Processing Partnership is the seller. Birch Hill will see its stake in Tiewater rise to about 22.3 percent from 9.1 percent.  
  Shamrock invests in Pixellot :  
Shamrock Capital has led an investment round in Pixellot. Financial terms weren’t announced. Existing Pixellot investors joined Shamrock in the round. Pixellot, which provides automated AI-based sports production technology, has raised more than $40 million over the past five years.  
  KKR leads $57 mln round for Clarify Health :  
Clarify Health Solutions Inc said Sept. 10 that it raised $57 million in Series B funding led by KKR. Clarify Health, of San Francisco, provides care guidance technology.  
  Carlyle buys minority of Ambio Holdings :  
Carlyle Group said Sept. 10 that it has acquired a minority stake in Ambio Holdings Inc. MVM Partners was the seller. Financial terms weren’t announced. Ambio, of North Augusta, South Carolina, is a specialty pharma company focused on complex peptides.  
  RPC in sales talks with Apollo and Bain Capital: Financial Times :  
RPC Group is holding preliminary discussions about selling itself to private equity, the Financial Times reported. RPC, a European plastic packaging maker, said it is holding discussions with each of Apollo Global Management and Bain Capital, the story said.  
  Warburg leads Facet Wealth’s $33 mln round :  
Facet Wealth said Sept. 10 that it raised $33 million in Series A funding led by Warburg Pincus. Slow Ventures is also investing. Facet Wealth, of Baltimore, Maryland, provides technology-enabled financial planning services to mass affluent investors.  
  Vista completes Alegeus buyout :  
Vista Equity Partners has closed its previously announced acquisition of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Alegeus, a consumer-directed healthcare payment and processing firm, from Lightyear Capital. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  Summa Equity buys Finnish antibody manufacturer HyTest :  
Summa Equity has acquired Finnish antibody manufacturer HyTest. No financial terms were disclosed.   
  JMC acquires Phoenix Products :  
JMC Capital Partners has acquired Milwaukee-based Phoenix Products, a maker of rugged industrial lighting products. No financial terms were disclosed.   
  Trinity Partners buys TGaS Advisors :  
Trinity Partners has acquired TGaS Advisors, a benchmarking and advisory services firm for commercial organizations in the life sciences industry. No financial terms were disclosed. Berkery Noyes provided financial advice to TGaS Advisors on the transaction.  
  Sandbagging: Choice of law matters :  
By G. Mark Edgarton and Kevin C. Quigley, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP Sandbagging disputes are among the most contentious issues in M&A litigation. These issues matter to private equity sponsors, particularly in the growing middle market, as they pursue attractively priced deals in an increasingly competitive environment. Sandbagging in M&A refers to a situation […]  
  Sherpa Capital acquires Busining :  
Sherpa Capital has acquired a majority stake in Busining, a provider of coworking spaces in Spain. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  Goldman Sachs completes Boyd Corp buyout :  
Goldman Sachs has closed its previously announced acquisition of Pleasanton, California-based Boyd Corp, a provider of thermal management and environmental sealing solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. The seller was Genstar Capital.  
  WJ Partners acquires Gately Communication Co :  
WJ Partners has acquired Gately Communication Co as an add-on to its portfolio company Mobile Communications America. No financial terms were disclosed. Gately is a provider of two-way communications system design, integration, programming, optimization, customer training, service, repair, customized packaging and preventative maintenance programs.  
  Crestview buys Protect My Car :  
Crestview Partners has acquired Clearwater, Florida-based Protect My Car, a provider of extended warranty products for vehicles. No financial terms were disclosed. Colonnade Securities LLC served as financial adviser to PMC on the transaction while Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. did likewise for Crestview.  
  Insight Venture Partners to acquire Episerver :  
Insight Venture Partners has agreed to acquire Episerver, a provider of transformative digital experiences. The price of the transaction puts Episerver at a valuation of $1.16 billion. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of this year. Episerver is a portfolio company of Accel-KKR.   
  Alaia Capital lands $5.5 mln :  
Darien, Connecticut-based Alaia Capital, a financial services firm, has secured $5.5 million in funding. Centana Growth Partners led the round with participation from ThirdStream Partners LLC.  
  Solace takes majority stake in Fabcon :  
Solace Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Savage, Minnesota-based Fabcon, a maker of precast, pre-stressed concrete wall panels for nonresidential construction applications. Platinum Equity will remain a "meaningful" equity investor in Fabcon. No financial terms were disclosed.  
  Ares EIF acquires Paradigm from Stonepeak :  
Ares EIF has acquired Paradigm Energy Partners from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Irving, Texas, Paradigm Energy gathers and transports crude oil, natural gas and gas liquids in the Bakken and Eagle Ford Shales.  
  H.I.G. Capital buys Recochem from Swander Pace :  
H.I.G. Capital has acquired Recochem from Swander Pace Capital. No financial terms were disclosed. Montreal-based Recochem is a maker of branded, private label and bulk transportation and household fluids for consumers and industrial customers worldwide.  
  Francisco Partners invests in ByBox :  
Francisco Partners has invested in ByBox. Financial terms weren’t announced but the deal values ByBox at 221 million pounds ($257 million). LDC, which invested 37.5 million pounds in 2016, is exiting. ByBox, of the U.K., provides smart locker technology and field service solutions.  
  GameStop hires adviser as it explores a sale: DealReporter :  
GameStop Corp has hired Perella Weinberg Partners to explore a sale, according to DealReporter. Sycamore Partners and Apollo Global Management are GameStop’s two main suitors, the story said.  
  Court Square seeks buyer for Rocket Software: Bloomberg :  
Court Square Capital Partners has put Rocket Software Inc up for sale again, seeking $2 billion, Bloomberg is reporting. Morgan Stanley is advising on the process which has attracted large cap sponsors, the story said. Rocket Software was up for sale earlier this year, Bloomberg said.  
  FTV, StepStone invest in Strata Fund Solutions :  
FTV Capital and StepStone Group have invested in Strata Fund Solutions. Financial terms weren’t announced. Strata, of Salt Lake City, is a fund service administrator for venture capital, private equity and other alternative asset managers and allocators.  
  Marlin Equity buys CEB Challenger :  
Marlin Equity Partners said Sept. 5 that it closed its buy of CEB Challenger and Effortless Experience Solutions Business. Financial terms weren’t announced. Gartner Inc was the seller. CEB Challenger, of Arlington, Virginia, provides a performance improvement platform.  

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