By Dan Primack
October 3, 2011

Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN) has acquired Swype Inc., a Seattle-based developer of text input technology for screens, for $102.5 million. Swype had raised around $14 million in VC funding from Ignition Partners, Docomo Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, Benaroya Capital and Samsung

BC Partners is putting the Asian and Australian units of its Fitness First gym chain up for sale, according to the Australian Financial Review. The deal could be worth more than A$1 billion, with Rothschild managing the process. BC Partners recently canceled a planned Singapore listing for Fitness First.

GenNx360 Capital Partners has sold SiVance LLC, a Gainesville, Fla.-based maker of specialty silicone technologies and intermediates, to Milliken & Co. No financial terms were disclosed.

MBK Partners
 is looking to sell Japanese accounting software company Yayoi for around $977 million, according to Reuters. Suitors include KKR, Advantage Partners and Olympus Capital.

Open Range Communications, a Greenwood Village, Colo.-based provider of wireless broadband services to rural communities, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company had raised $100 million from One Equity Partners in 2009, in order to fulfill a requirement of a $267 million broadband access loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



Dexia SA has entered into talks to sell its Luxembourg unit to a group of international investors, as the Franco-Belgian bank begins to dismantle itself.

New Hope Corp., a listed Australian coal mining company, said that it is officially for sale. A sale is expected to be worth more than A$5 billion.

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: BIO) has acquired QuantaLife Inc., a Pleasanton, Calif.-based developer of a technology that quantifies DNA molecules. The deal was valued at $162 million in cash plus undisclosed earn-outs. QuantaLife had raised over $18 million in VC funding from Paladin Capital Group, Merieux Developpement and Vital Financial.

Just-Eat, a UK-based ordering service for take-out food, has acquired London online food delivery company Urbanite. No financial terms were disclosed. Just-Eat recently raised $48 million in Series B funding from Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Index Ventures.


McAfee, a unit of Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), has agreed to acquire NitroSecurity, a Portsmouth, N.H.-based provider of security information and event management solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. NitroSecurity has raised more than $6 million in VC funding from firms like Brookline Venture Partners, First Analysis and NewSpring Ventures. It also recently acquired Marlborough, Mass.-based LogMatrix, which had raised VC funding from Advent International, Blue Rock Capital and Hudson Venture Partners.

Baring Private Equity Asia is looking to sell Courts Asia, an electronics and furniture retailer in Singapore and Malaysia, according to Reuters. HSBC and BNP Paribas are managing the process, which could garner more than $380 million.

Federated Media Publishing has acquired Lijit Networks Inc., a Boulder, Colo.-based provider of search tools and statistics for online publishers. No financial terms were disclosed. Federated Media has raised over $50 million from firms like Omidyar Network and Oak Investment Partners. Lijit had raised over $26 million from Highway 12 Ventures, Foundry Group, Boulder Ventures and High Country

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has agreed to acquire Q1 Labs, a Waltham, Mass.-based provider of security intelligence software. No financial terms were disclosed. Q1 Labs has raised around $43 million in VC funding from BDC Venture Capital, Menlo Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, New Brunswick Investment Management and Polaris Venture Partners.

Platinum Equity has completed its previously-announced sale of AEES, a Farmington Hills, Mich.-based manufacturer of wiring harnesses for heavy and medium duty trucks, to Helsinki-listed PKC Group. The deal included EUR 109 million in cash and 1.25 million of PKC stock.

Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHT) has acquired Gluster, a Milpitas, CA-based provider of open source storage solutions, for $136 million in cash. Gluster had raised over $10 million in VC funding from Index Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners.

Touchstone Investments has agreed to acquire select mutual fund assets from Old Mutual Asset Management. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which will increase Touchstone’s assets under management to nearly $10 billion.

Wegner Corp., an Owatonna, Minn.-based maker of specialized equipment for music education and performing arts, has acquired J.R. Clancy Inc., a provider of stage rigging. No financial terms were disclosed. Greene Holcomb & Fisher managed the process.


Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has completed its $11.7 billion acquisition of UK-listed enterprise search software company Autonomy Corp.

Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) has agreed to acquire Lawrence Pumps Inc., a Lawrence, Mass.-based maker of centrifugal pumps used in the oil and gas industries. No financial terms were

Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE) has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Diversey Holdings Inc., a provider of solutions to the global cleaning and sanitization market, from Clayton, Dubilier & Riceand the founding Johnson family. The deal was valued at $4.3 billion, including $2.1 billion in cash and 31.7 million common shares of Sealed Air stock (approx. 15% of outstanding common stock).

McGraw-Hill Cos.
 (NYSE: MHP) has agreed to sell nine TV stations to E.W. Scripps Co. (NYSE: SSP) for $212 million in cash.


ACI Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: ACIW) has agreed to buy rival financial and payment solutions provider S1 Corp. (Nasdaq: SONE) in a cash and stock deal valued at nearly $516 million.

Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (TSX: BIR) said that it has received unsolicited buyout offers, and has hired bankers to help sell the company. Birchcliff has a current market cap of around C$1.3

Intel Corp. has agreed to acquire Telmap, an Israeli maker of mobile navigation software. No financial terms were disclosed, but reports put the price at between $300 million to $350 million.

Gentige Group (Stockholm: GETIB) has agreed to acquire Atrium Medical Corp., a Hudson, N.H.-based maker of medical devices for the treatment of coronary and vascular diseases and traumas. The deal is valued at $680 million.

Telekom Austria has hired Merrill Lynch to help it defend against the potential of a hostile takeover bid from Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, according to an Austrian newspaper.

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