Private equity deals

May 23, 2012, 6:29 PM UTC

Angelo Gordon & Co. has agreed to acquire Japanese restaurant chain operator Benihana Inc. (Nasdaq: BNHN) for $296 million, or $16.30 per share (23% premium to Monday’s closing price)

Cequel Data Centers, a portfolio company of Thompson Street Capital Partners, has acquired TierPoint LLC, an operator of three data centers in the greater Spokane, Wash., area. No financial terms were disclosed.

Farley’s & Sathers Candy Co. has agreed to merge with Ferrara Pan Candy Co. No financial terms were disclosed. Catterton Partners, owner of Farley’s, will remain majority owner of the combined company, which will be called Ferrara Candy Company.

Unitech, an Indian property developer, is denying local press reports that it is in talks to sell a pair of economic zones and a technology park to The Blackstone Group for approximately $540

Venari Resources LLC, a startup focused on deep water oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, has secured up to $1.125 billion in private equity commitments from Warburg Pincus, Kelso & Co., Temasek and The Jordan Company.

Vista Equity Partners has acquired Silverchair Learning Systems, a Charlottesville, Va.-based provider of
online learning and information solutions for the senior care industry, from Silverchair Holdings Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. Harris Williams & Co. managed the process.

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