Sony Pictures TV agrees to buy VSS-backed CSC for about $179 mln

Sony Pictures Television said Thursday that it has agreed to acquire CSC Media Group. The seller was Veronis Suhler Stevenson. According to details of the transaction, SPT will acquire 100 percent of CSC’s shares for approximately $179 million. Berenson & Company advised SPT on this deal while Lepe Partners advised CSC. Based in the UK, CSC is a satellite television channel provider.

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Charlesbank Capital Partners buys American Residential Services

Charlesbank Capital Partners has acquired American Residential Services from CI Capital Partners and Royal Palm Capital Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Berenson & Company and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison advised ARS on the transaction while Metronome Partners, RBC Capital Markets and Goodwin Procter advised Charlesbank. Based in Memphis, Tenn., ARS is a provider of heating and air conditioning and plumbing services.

Jonathan Newcomb Joins Berenson & Company as Managing Director

Berenson & Company, a New York-based merchant banking firm, has hired Jonathan Newcomb as a managing director. Newcomb, the current chairman of the information services company Swets, was previously chairman and CEO of Simon & Schuster, and president of the McGraw Hill Financial Information Group.

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