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Venture Capital Deals

Urban Compass, New York-based real-estate site for buying and renting apartments, has raised $40 million in Series B funding from Thrive Capital Founders Fund, .406 Ventures, Advance Publications, Kenneth Chenault and Marc Benioff. The company has raised $70 million total.

SimpleReach, a New York-based content marketing platform, has raised $9 million in a Series A round of funding led by MK Capital with participation from Atlas Venture, Village Venture and High Peaks Venture Capital. Read more at

NextImmune, a Gaithersburg, Md.-based developer of novel immuno-therapeutics, has raised $3 million in venture funding from New Enterprise Associates, Pfizer Venture Investments and Amgen Ventures.

Intent Media, New York ad-tech startup focused on the travel industry, has raised $22.7 million in its third round of venture funding, this one led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Matrix Partners and Redpoint Ventures.

iCix, a San Francisco-based startup making software to automate food safety, has raised $25 million in venture funding from Wesfarmers, Vertical Venture Partners, and previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Starfish Ventures.

eGym, a Munich, Germany-based fitness company, has raised $15 million in funding from Highland Capital Partners Europe, with participation from existing investors Bayern Kapital and High-Tech Grunderfonds.

Cerecor Inc., a Baltimore, Md.-based biopharma company developing treatments for neuropsychiatric diseases, has raised raised $15 million a $32 million Series B round of venture funding from New Enterprise Associates, Apple Tree Partners and MPM Capital.

Tablelist, a Boston-based app for booking VIP tables at clubs, has raised $1.5 million in venture backing on AngelList, bringing its total funds raised to $2 million.

VisiQuate, an enterprise software company based in Santa Rosa, Calif., has raised $6 million in venture funding led by First Analysis.

Secoo, a luxury products commerce site based in Shanghai, has raised a $100 million Series D round of funding from China Media Capital, Ventech China, Crehol Meaningful Capital and Vangoo Investment Partners.

XMOS Ltd., semiconductor and microcontroller company based in Bristol, England, has complete of a $26.2m Series D investment round, from Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Huawei Technologies, and Xilinx Inc as investors. Existing financial investors participated, including Amadeus Capital Partners, DFJ Esprit, and Foundation Capital.

Cerecor Inc., a Baltimore-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on nervous system disorders, closed the first tranche of a $32M Series B financing led by New Enterprise Associates, Apple Tree Partners and MPM Capital.

GeoWaggle Inc., the Tampa Bay-based parent company of parenting app Mamabear, has raised $1.4 million in new funding from angel investors.

Dealflicks, an Oakland, Calif.-based seller of subscriptions to movie theater tickets, has raised $1.7 million in seed funding from 500 Startups, Siemer Ventures, Archer Gray, Rubicon VC, Wefunder, Be Great Partners, Rosepaul Investments, Mogility Capital, Sierra Maya Ventures, and Warner Brothers Media Camp.

Private Equity Deals

Cleaver-Brooks, a St. Louis, Miss.-based boiler room company with private equity backing of Harbour Group, has acquired Holman Boiler Works and Affiliated Power Services, two boiler-sales and service companies, for an undisclosed price.

Karmaloop, a Boston-based online seller of street wear, has raised $13 million in the form of a senior loan facility from CapX Partners.

Goldman Sachs and Warburg Pincus are on the verge of acquiring a 20% stake in Chinese debt management company China Huarong Asset Management Ltd for around $2 billion, according to Reuters. Khazanah Nasional Bhd, CITIC Group, China International Capital Corp, Fosun Group and China state-backed COFCO Corp may also invest.

LogRhythm, a Boulder, Colo.-based security company, has raised $40 million in equity financing led by Riverwood Capital, with participation by existing investors Adams Street Partners, Access Venture Partners and new investor Piper Jaffray.

Atronix, Inc., a Billerica, Mass.-based provider of cable assemblies and wire harnesses, has agreed to sell to Wafra Partners LLC. The deal value was not disclosed by Abacus Finance Group has provided a $19 million senior secured credit facility for the deal.

Loftware, a Portsmouth, N.H.-based enterprise company, has raised an investment of undisclosed size from Riverside Partners.

DayNine Consulting, a Pleasanton, Calif.-based services partner of Workday, has raised an undisclosed amount of growth capital from Pamlico Capital.


Loxo Oncology, a Stamford, Conn.-based developer of small-molecule therapeutics for cancer treatment, has set the terms for its IPO on Nasdaq. The company will raise $57 — less than its initially proposed $69 million — by selling 4.4 million shares at between $12 to $14, valuing the company at $211 million at the midpoint of the range. Shareholders in the pre-revenue company include Aisling Capital (29% pre-IPO stake), OrbiMed Advisors (18.1%), Array BioPharma (15.3%) and New Enterprise Associates (14.9%).

Mobileye, a Jerusalem, Israel-based developer of collision avoidance technology for drivers, has announced plans to raise $500 million in an IPO. The company will offer 27.8 million shares at a range of $17 to $19 each, valuing the company at $4.2 billion at the midpoint of its range. The company will trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol MBLY, with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley serving as lead underwriters. Mobileeye’s investors include Goldman Sachs (17.5% pre-IPO stake), Fidelity Investments (7.8%), Enterprise Holdings (7.1%) and Blackrock (5.7%).

Tobira Therapeutics Inc., a South San Francisco-based developer of antiviral compounds for HIV and liver disease, announced plans to raise $60 million, selling 46 million shares at a range of $12 to $14, valuing the company at $150 million at the midpoint of its range. The company’s shareholders include Domain Associates (33.4% pre-IPO stake), Frazier Healthcare Ventures (25.3%), Novo AS (17.6%), Montreux Equity Partners (17.5%) and Canaan Partners (2.5%).

Avalanche Biotechnologies, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based developer of gene therapies and ophthalmic diseases, will raise $76 million in an IPO, selling 5.4 million shares in the range of $13 to $15, valuing the company at $353 million at the midpoint of its range. Trading on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol AAVL, the company’s shareholders include Zytech LLC (37% pre-IPO stake) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (9.1%).

Auris Medical Holding, a Zug, Switzerland-based biotech company focused on inner ear disorders, will raise $76 million in an IPO, selling 6.9 million shares n the range of $10 to $12, which value the company at $285 million. The company will trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol EARS, and shareholders include Sofinnova Venture Partners (19.3% pre-IPO stake), Sofinnova Capital (18.6%), Adamant Global Generika Funds (11.4%) and Idinvest Partners (9.1%).

Cardiac Insight, a Seattle-based developer of a heart monitoring sensor, has raised $7 million in Series B funding led by Welch Allyn with participation from WRF Capital and private investors.


Vero Software, a UK-based maker of manufacturing and machine tool software with 2013 revenue of EUR 80 million ($108 million), has sold to Hexagon AB (sto:HEXAB), a Sweden-based provider of analytics software. Vero Software was a portfolio company of Battery Ventures. The price was not disclosed.

Ignite USA, LLC, maker of Contigo mugs and bottles, announced plans to sell itself to Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE: NWL) for $308 million. The company was acquired by North Castle Partners in 2013 and is the first exit the firm’s fifth fund.

RLJ Equity Partners has sold Media Source Inc., a Plain City, Ohio-based book review company serving libraries, for an undisclosed price, to an undisclosed buyer.

Griffin’s Foods, a New Zealand-based snack food company, has sold to Universal Robina Corporation for NZ $700 million ($606.6 million) from Pacific Equity Partners.

OVS, a chain of apparel stores based in Italy, has retained Lazard to run a public offering as part of a carve-out of BC Partners-backed Gruppo Coin. BC Partners has retailed Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs for the deal, which could value OVS at $1.3 billion, Reuters reports.

TA Associates has sold a portion of its ownership in Cash Kidston, a UK-based apparel and home products retailer, to Baring Private Equity Asia for an undisclosed price. The firms will have equal ownership of the company.

Other deals

Oneflare, a home services marketplace based in Sidney, Australia, has acquired Renovate Forum, a community for renovators with 40,000 members, for an undisclosed amount.

Bigpoint, a Hamburg-based online gaming company owned by Summit Partners, TA Associates, GMT Capital and Peacock Equity, has acquired Little Worlds Studio, Lyon, France-based mobile gaming company.

EY, the financial advisory firm previously known as Ernst & Young, has agreed to merge with The Parthenon Group, an advisory firm based out of Boston. Clearsight Advisors advised on the deal. Terms were not disclosed.

ILC Industries, a Delaware-based maker of technology for defense and aerospace vehicles backed by Behrman Capital, has completed a $410 million refinancing led by Golub Capital and Ares Capital Corporation.

Firms & Funds

Tango, a Mountain View, Calif.-based messaging app which recently raised capital from Alibaba, has created a $25 million fund to invest in third party developers who can develop games for its messaging platform.

Consonance Capital Partners, the private equity arm of healthcare investment firm Consonance Capital, closed on $500 million in investments for its private equity fund, surpassing its $350 million target.

Citadel Capital is shifting its strategy away from private equity toward infrastructure and industry. In the process, the Egypt-based firm has changed and changing its name to Qalaa Holdings.

Carmelo Anthony, a professional basketball player, has launched a venture investing firm called M7 Tech Partners alongside Stuart Goldfarb, a former Bertelsmann executive. The firm has invested in Hullabalu, a children’s media company.

Blackstone and KKR are likely to reach a settlement agreement with an ongoing collusion lawsuit, the Bloomberg reports, following agreements with Silver Lake, Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs. An agreement would leave TPG Capital and Carlyle Group as the holdouts.

Moving In, Up & On

Todd Kinney, relationship director at BDO, has been named executive vice president at ACG New York.

Jeff Nerland, a former executive at companies including Hancock Fabrics and Coast Crane, has joined SierraConstellation Partners, LLC as a senior director.