By Dan Primack
May 19, 2014

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Venture Capital Deals

Dashlane, a New York-based password manager and digital wallet, has raised $22 million in Series B funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, and was joined by return backers Rho Ventures, FirstMark Capital and Bernard Liautaud. 

Keystone Heart
, an Israeli developer of cerebral protection devices to reduce the risks associated with cardiovascular procedures, has raised $14 million in Series B funding led by

Sansan Inc., a Japanese cloud contact management service, has raised $14 million in new VC funding.DCM led the round, and was joined by Innovation Network Corp. of Japan, Nikkei Digital Media, Energy and Environment Investment and GMO Venture Partners.

6Sense, a San Francisco-based predictive intelligence engine for B2B companies, has raised $12 million in Series A equity and debt funding. Battery Ventures and Venrock co-led the round, and were joined by Silicon Valley Bank.

Epidemic Sound, a Swedish digital music library for broadcasters and video producers, has raised $5 million in Series A funding from

Olset, a San Francisco-based business travel platform, has raised $1.1 million in seed funding.Montage Ventures led the round, and was joined by 500 Startups, Digital Garage, Plug & Play Tech Ventures, XG Ventures and Merced Partners.

Private Equity Deals

Ardian has acquired German figurine and toy maker Schleich from HgCapital. No financial terms were disclosed, but a local media report put the price-tag at around €220 million. 

CCMP Capital Partners has agreed to acquire The Hillman Cos., a Cincinnati-based maker of bolts and other hardware and home improvement products, from Oak Hill Capital Partners. The deal values Hillman at $1.475 billion, with Oak Hill retaining a minority equity stake.

Headland Private Equity 
has acquired a majority stake in Kreuz Holdings Ltd., a Singapore-based provider of subsea services to the offshore oil and gas industry, from Swiber (SGX: AK3) for $365 million. Simmons & Co. managed the process.

Kamp Group, a Finnish luxury hotel chain owned by CapMan, has acquired Finnish lifestyle hotel chain Klaus K for an undisclosed amount.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
 is nearing an agreement to buy Goodpack Ltd. (SGX:G05), a Singapore-based maker of intermediate bulk containers that has a current market cap of around $1.1 billion, according to Reuters.

NantHealth LLC, a Los Angeles-based provider of cloud-based clinical operating systems for healthcare providers and patients, has raised $100 million in equity funding from the Kuwait Investment 

Oasis Healthcare
, a provider of NHS and private dental care services in the UK, has acquired ApexDental Care, a UK dental care provider with 31 facilities. No financial terms were disclosed. Oasis Healthcare backers include Bridgepoint and Duke Street

Vista Equity Partners has agreed to acquire Stats LLC, a Northbrook, Ill.-based company that licenses sports statistics to such companies as ESPN, from Fox Sports and the Associated Press. No financial terms were disclosed.


Six companies are expected to price U.S. IPOs this week. They are: 21st Century Oncology Holdings, Agile Therapeutics, SunEdison Semiconductor,, Parsley Energy and Heritage Insurance Holdings.


AT&T (NYSE: T) has agreed to acquire DirecTV Inc. (NYSE: DTV) for approximately $49 billion, or $95 per share. The deal value rises to more than $67 billion, inclusive of DirecTV’s debt. DirecTV shareholders would receive $28.50 per share in cash, plus between 1.7 and 1.9 shares of AT&T stock (depending on its trading price at closing). DirecTV would be required to pay around a $1.4 billion termination fee if it accepts a superior offer, while there is no reverse termination fee if AT&T scuttles the deal. Read more.

AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) today rejected the latest takeover offer from Pfizer (NYSE: P) which the U.S. pharma giant had referred to as its “final” bid. AstraZeneca said that $117 billion approach “”undervalues the company and its attractive prospects.” Read more.

Cannery Casino Resorts of Las Vegas has sold the Meadows Racetrack and Casino, a casino and track outside of Pittsburgh, to Gaming and Leisure Properties (Nasdaq: GLPI) for $465 million.

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) has agreed to sell its auto interiors business to a joint venture it has formed with Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Corp. Johnson Controls will have a 30% stake in the JV, which is expected to generate around $7.5 billion in annual revenue.

Orange (Paris: ORA) has agreed to sell its majority stake in Orange Uganda to Africell. No financial terms were disclosed.

POSCO, a listed South Korean steelmaker, said that it may sell part of its trading and resources groupDaewoo International Corp. as part of a broader restructuring.

Vodacom Group (JSE: VOD) has agreed to acquire South African telecom group Neotel from India’sTata Communications, for approximately $676 million.

Yahoo Japan (TSE: 4689) has abandoned its previously-announced plan to acquire eAccess, a Japanese provider of mobile Internet services, from SoftBank Corp. (TSE: 9984) for $3.2 billion.

Actis has sold its stake in Ugandan electricity distributor Umeme Ltd. for $85.5 million, via a secondary public offering via the Uganda Securities Exchange and the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE).

Aramark Inc. (NYSE: ARMK) has filed for a secondary public offering of 20 million shares, which would be valued at nearly $540 million based on last Thursday’s closing price. All of the shares will be offered by insiders, but no specifics were provided. Current shareholders include Warburg Pincus (17.61%), Thomas H. Lee Partners (17.24%), GS Capital Partners (17.24%) and CCMP Capital (17.24%).

The Blackstone Group has agreed to sell five Boston office properties for $2.1 billion to a group led by Canadian real estate investment firm Oxford Properties Group. Blackstone originally acquired the properties as part of its $39 billion buyout of Equity Office from Sam Zell in 2007.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is in advanced talks to buy videogame streaming service Twitch for around $1 billion, according to Variety. Twitch would be incorporated into Google’s YouTube group. Twitch has raised around $35 million in VC funding from Alsop Louie Partenrs, Bessemer Venture Partners, Thrive Capital, Take-Two Interactive and WestSummit Capital. Read more.

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