By Dan Primack
February 21, 2014

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Venture Capital Deals

Seno Medical Instruments Inc., a San Antonio, Texas-based developer of opto-acoustic cancer diagnostics, has raised $39 million in Series C funding led by MedCare Investment Funds, according to VentureWire. www.senomedical.com

 

Cylance, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of math-based threat detection and prevention solutions, has raised $20 million in Series B funding. Backers include The Blackstone Group, Khosla Ventures and Fairhaven Capital.  www.cylance.com

Hubub, a thematic discussion board operator with offices in New York and Toronto, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding, according to TechCrunch. No investors were disclosed. www.hubub.com

Ezetap, an Indian mobile payment startup, has raised $8 million in Series B funding. Backers include Helion Advisors, Social+Capital Partnership and Berggruen Holdings. www.ezetap.com

mCash, a Norwegian mobile payment startup, has raised NOK 43 million (US$7m) in Series A funding led by Northzone and Entrée Capital. www.mcash.no

Kerecis Ltd., an Icelandic tissue regeneration company that utilizes fish skin, has raised $2 million in Series A3 funding. Backers include NSA Ventures, Omega3 EHF, Capital EHF, 1924 EHF, Skógur, Klofningur and Hradfrystihusid-Gunnvor. www.kerecis.com

SoundFocus, a San Francisco-based developer of audio processing technologies that enable those with poor hearing to better enjoy music, has raised $1.7 million. Backers include Kapor Capital, Y Combinator, Greg Badros, VegasTechFund, OVO Fund, RTA Capital, Garry Tan, Alexis Ohanian and Harj Taggar. www.soundfocus.com

Private Equity Deals

Brookstone Partners has acquired JimmyJane, a San Francisco-based sex toy maker, for an undisclosed amount. JimmyJane had raised more than $2 million in VC funding from such backers as Palo Alto Investors, Tim Draper and Phil Schlein. www.brookstonepartners.com

IPOs

Chukong Technologies, a Chinese mobile game developer, is prepping a $150 million U.S. IPO. Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley have been picked to manage the offering. Chukong has raised over $80 million in VC funding from such firms as Creaturk, GGV Capital, Northern Light Venture Capital, Steamboat Ventures and Sequoia Capital. www.chukong-inc.com

Focus Media Holding, a Chinese display advertising company, is preparing a $1 billion Hong Kong IPO for early 2015, according to IFR.  Focus was acquired last May for $3.8 billion by The Carlyle Group, Fosun International, CITIC Capital Partners, China Everbright and FountainVest Partners. www.focusmedia.cn

OTHER M&A

Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE), a Glenview, Ill.-based distributor of enterprise cabling and security solutions, has hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer, according to Bloomberg. The news sent the company’s shares more than 2% higher yesterday to finish at $104.97, which gives it around a $3.4 billion market cap. Shareholders include Sam Zell (15.15% stake). www.anixter.com

Arcapita and Golden Gate Capital are seeking a buyer for women’s apparel retailer J. Jill, according to the WSJ. The deal reportedly could garner upwards of $500 million. http://www.jjill.com

BBVA (CATS: BBVA) has agreed to acquire Simple, a Portland, Ore.-based digital banking startup that reports more than 100,000 customers. The deal is valued at $117 million. Simple had raised over $15 million in VC funding from firms like SV Angel, IA Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Neu Venture Capital, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures, Anthemis Capital, 500 Startups and Village Ventures. http://www.simple.com

 

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE:BKD) has agreed to acquire rival senior housing company Emeritus Corp. (NYSE: ESC) for approximately $1.4 billion in stock, or around $28.41 per share. Brookdale also will assume around $1.4 billion of Emeritus Corp.’s debt, for a total transaction value of $2.8 billion. www.brookdaleliving.com

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has acquired Spider.io, a London-based startup that helps online advertisers identify fraudulent clicks, according to Re/Code. No financial terms were disclosed. www.spider.io

Jack Link’s, a Minong, Wis.-based of meat snacks, has agreed to acquire the meat snacks business of Unilever (LSE: ULVR). No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close by the end of March. www.jacklinks.com

Nankai Electric Railway Co. (Tokyo: 9044) has agreed to acquire an Osaka train and warehouse operator from the local government for around $732 million. www.nankai.co.jp

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (Amsterdam: RDSA) has agreed to sell its Australian refinery and filling stations to Vitol Group for approximately US$2.6 billion. www.shell.com

Russell Stover Candies, the family-owned chocolate maker based in Kansas City, has hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer, according to the WSJ. The deal may garner more than $1 billion. www.russellstover.com

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