Deals of the day: Disney circles Maker Studios

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Venture Capital Deals

Quikr, an Indian online classifieds site, reportedly has raised $90 million in new VC funding. Kinnevik(Sweden) led the round, and was joined by Omidyar Network, Nokia Venture Partners and return backers Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Warburg Pincus and eBay.

WorldRemit, a London-based online platform that helps migrants and expats to send remittance payments to families and friends abroad., has raised $40 million in Series A funding from Accel

, a New York-based subscription business intelligence firm focused on digital innovation, has raised $16.5 million in growth equity funding from General Catalyst Partners. As part of the deal, General Catalyst partners Paul Sagan and Larry Bohn will join the L2 board of directors.

, a Seattle-based online community for matching dog owners with in-home dig sitters, has raised $12 million in Series C funding. Menlo Ventures led the round, and was joined by return backers Madrona Venture Group, Foundry Group and PetcoTM.

, a San Francisco-based provider of engagement analytics for game developers, has raised $5.2 million in VC funding. Backers include Creandum and Sigma West.

Private Equity Deals

CCBR-Synarc of San Francisco and BioClinica of Newtown, Penn. have completed their previously-announced merger into a single provider of specialized outsourced clinical services. No financial terms were disclosed. CCBR-Synarc was a portfolio company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, while BioClinica was backed by JLL Partners and Ampersand Capital Partners. All three firms will have ownership positions in the combined company.

National Response Corp., a Great River, N.Y.-based portfolio of J.F. Lehman & Co., has acquired Sureclean Ltd., a UK-based provider of specialty environmental and industrial solutions to the oil & gas, petrochemical, renewables, utilities, civil engineering and construction sectors. No financial terms were disclosed.

Norwest Equity Partners has acquired Apothecary Products Inc., a Burnsville, Minn.–based provider of consumer healthcare products and pharmacy supplies, from company founder and CEO Terry Noble. No financial terms were disclosed.

Thoma Bravo has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Global Healthcare Exchange LLC, a Louisville, Colo.–based provider of healthcare supply chain solutions. No financial terms were disclosed.



Achaogen Inc., a South San Francisco-based developer of antibacterials to treat multi-drug resistant infections, raised $72 million in its IPO. The company priced 6 million shares at $12 per share, compared to plans to offer 5 million shares at between $10 and $12 per share. It’s initial market cap is approximately $201 million. Achaogen will trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol AKAO, while Credit Suisse and Cowan & Co. servedas lead underwriters. Shareholders include Domain Associates (18.75% pre-IPO stake), Venrock (16.2%), The Wellcome Trust (14.62%), Arch Venture Partners (13.16%), Versant Ventures (11.88%), Omega Fund (8.22%) and 5AM Ventures (5.58%)

Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc.
, a Vancouver, Wash.-based franchisor and operator of Take ‘N’ Bake pizza stores, has filed for a $70 million IPO. It plans to trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol FRSH, with Jefferies, Baird and Wells Fargo serving as lead underwriters. The company reports a $600,000 net loss on around $52 million in revenue for 2013, compared to a $2 million net loss on $67 million in revenue for 2012. Shareholders include Lee Equity Partners, Access Industries and Thrivent Financial.

Nord Anglia Education
, a UK-based operator of schools in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, has set its IPO terms to 19 million shares being offered at between $15 and $17 per share. It would have an initial market cap of approximately $1.52 billion, were it to price in the middle of its range. The company plans to list on the NYSE under ticker symbol NORD, with Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan serving as lead underwriters. IT reports a $16 million net loss on around $415 million in revenue for the year ending August 31, 2013. Baring Private Equity acquired Nord Anglia Education in 2008 for $360 million, and currently holds a 93.3% stake.


The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) is in talks to buy YouTube studio Maker Studios, according toRe/Code. The deal could be valued at more than $500 million. Maker Studios has raised more than $60 million in VC funding, from such backers as Time Warner Investments, Upfront Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Downey Ventures, Canal+ (France) and Astro (Malaysia).

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has acquired the remaining assets of Green Throttle Games, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based maker of a custom gaming controller that had begun winding down operations late last year, according to PandoDaily. No financial terms were disclosed. Green Throttle had raised around $6 million from Trinity Ventures and DCM.

Clinipace Inc., a Morrisville, N.C.-based provider of clinical research software, has acquired Choice Pharma, a pan-Asian contract research organization. No financial terms were disclosed. Clinipace has raised over $20 million in VC funding from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, Hatteras Venture Partners and Brook Private Equity Advisors.

Energy XXI (Nasdaq: EXXI), an oil and gas exploration company focused on Louisiana and Texas, has agreed to acquire EPL Oil & Gas Inc. (NYSE: EPL) for approximately $2.3 billion, or $39 per share in stock (34% premium to yesterday’s closing price). The combined company would have an enterprise value of around $6 billion.

Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) may spin off its suburban shopping centers into a separate company, which it then would merge with San Diego-based Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.(Nasdaq: ROIC), according to the

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