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May 1, 2014, 6:08 PM UTC

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Venture Capital Deals

Farfetch, a London-based online fashion marketplace, has raised $66 million in Series D funding.Vitruvian Partners led the round, and was joined by Richard Chen (venture partner at Cenuan) and return backers Condé Nast International and Advent Ventures.

Ambri, a Cambridge, Mass.-based maker of liquid-metal batteries for grid storage, has raised $35 million in Series C funding. KLP Enterprises, the family office of Karen Pritzker and Michael Vlock, and Swiss insurance agency Building Insurance Bern co-led the round, and were joined by return backers Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates and the venture capital arm of French energy company Total SA. Read more at Fortune.

Ayla Networks
, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet-of-things platform provider, has raised $14.5 million in Series B funding. Cisco Systems, the International Finance Corp., Linear Venture; SAIF Partners and SJF Ventures were joined by return backers Crosslink Capital and Voyager

Enterome Bioscience SA, a French developer of disease management solutions based on the gut microbiome, has raised €10 million in its first tranche of Series B funding. Return backers include Seventure, Lundbeckfond Ventures and Omnes Capital.

CertiVox, a London-based provider of authentication and encryption solutions, has raised $8 million in Series B funding from NTT DOCOMO Ventures and return backer Octopus

Evrythng, an enterprise “web-of-things” software startup, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. Backers include Atomico, Dawn Capital, BHLP LLC and Cisco.

, a Philadelphia-based arbiter of lead transactions, has raised $7 million in Series A funding.Comcast Ventures and Tribeca Venture Partners were joined by return backer Genacast

PunchTab, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based instant loyalty platform for bloggers and businesses, has raised $6.25 million in new VC funding led by return backer Mohr Davidow

BookBub, a Cambridge, Mass.-based online marketplace for selling e-books, has raised $3.8 million in Series A funding, according to VentureWire. NextView Ventures and Founder Collective co-led the round, and were joined by Avalon Ventures and Bloomberg Beta.

, a Hungarian developer of solutions to encrypt and share files in the cloud, has raised $3
million in Series A funding led by

, a San Francisco-based developer of  cloud-based mobile media discovery and control technology that delivers online digital content to televisions, has raised $2.4 million in new VC funding from Earlybird Venture Capital and seed backer Tim

, a Boston-based maker of a new iOS camera video app focused on pulling still images from video, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding from Polaris PartnersAtlas Venture and co-founder Hugh Crean.

, a Boston-based developer of weather sensor hardware and data networks, has raised $1.9 million in seed funding. True Ventures led the round, and was joined by RRE Ventures, Vegas Tech Fund, SK Ventures and Andrew Payne.

, an app analytics and personalization startup, has raised $1 million in seed funding from Faber Ventures and Portugal Ventures

EnergySavvy, a Seattle-based provider of energy efficiency cloud software to utilities and state programs, has raised an undisclosed amount of new VC funding. Prelude Ventures led the round, and was joined by return backers like Pivotal Investments.

OGSystems, a Chantilly, Va.-based provider of agile software systems development and integration for the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community, has raised an undisclosed amount of VC funding from General Catalyst

Private Equity Deals

Automic, an Austria-based portfolio company of EQT Partners, has agreed to acquire Orsyp SAS, a French provider of IT automation and optimization software solutions, from Argos Soditic. No financial terms were disclosed. Harris Williams & Co. managed the process.

Genstar Capital has agreed to buy Pretium Packaging, a Chesterfield, Mo.-based maker of rigid plastic bottles and containers, from Castle Harlan. No financial terms were

Hawthorn Leisure, a new pub acquisition platform backed by Avenue Capital Group and May Capital, has agreed to acquire a portfolio of 275 tenanted and leased public houses from Greene King (LSE: GNK). No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close by early next month.

Golden Gate Capital is in “advanced talks” to acquire Phillips-Medisize Corp., a Hudson, Wis.-based healthcare contract manufacturer being sold by Kohlberg & Co. for upwards of $800 million, according to Reuters. Prior reports suggested that GTCR also was involved in the final round of

Syntron Material Handling LLC, a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, has completed its previously-announced acquisition of FMC Technologies Inc.’s (NYSE: FT) material handling business. No financial terms were disclosed.

Vestar Capital Partners has completed its previously-announced $364 million acquisition of proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. from MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI)


Fat Face Ltd., a British clothing retailer owned by Bridgepoint, is expecting a market cap of at least £440 million for its upcoming London IPO that would float a minimum of 25% of the company. Citigroup and Jefferies are leading the offering.

PBF Logistics LP
, an oil and gas logistics assets spinoff of PBF Energy (NYSE: PBF), has set its IPO terms to 13.75 million shares being offered at between $19 and $21 per share. The company plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol PBFX, with Barclays and UBS serving as lead 

Westlake Chemical Partners LP, a Houston, Texas-based ethylene producer being spun out of Westlake Chemical Corp. (NYSE: WLK), has filed for a $272 million IPO. It plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol WLKP, with Barclays and UBS serving as lead


AT&T (NYSE: T) has approached satellite television company DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) about a possible acquisition, according to the WSJ. DirectTV’s current market cap is approximately $40 billion.

Energizer Holdings (NYSE: ENR) said that it will split into a pair of publicly-traded companies: One for batteries and other household products, and one for Schick razors and other personal care products.

Ferrellgas Partners LP (NYSE: FGP) has agreed to acquire Sable Environmental LLC, a fluid logistics provider in the Eagle Ford Shale region of south Texas, for $124.7 million.

Merck & Co Inc. (NYSE: MRK) is considering the sale of a large mature drug portfolio for more than $15 billion, according to Reuters.

Unified Social, a provider of enterprise marketing technology for brands and agencies, has acquired social marketing analytics startup for an undisclosed amount. Unified Social backers include Silicon Valley Bank and Advance Publications, while had raised just over $5 million in VC funding from Foundry Group, KBS+ Ventures, Social Leverage, Neu Venture Capital and Upfront Ventures.

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