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Goldman Sachs announces new appointments

Goldman Sachs has named Adebayo O. Ogunlesi as lead director and chair of the board’s corporate governance, nominating and public responsibilities committee. Also, the firm has named M. Michele Burns as chair of the risk committee and Peter Oppenheimer as chair of the audit committee. Ogunlesi is the managing partner and chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners. Burns was CEO of the Retirement Policy Center while Oppenheimer is a retiring senior vice president at Apple.

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CounterTack closes $20 mln Series B round with funding from Alcatel-Lucent

CounterTack, which delivers real-time threat detection, has closed out its $20 million Series B funding with an investment from Alcatel-Lucent. Other investors in the Series B round include organizations in the commercial and federal sectors, including Goldman Sachs, the venture capital arm of Siemens, Fairhaven Capital, Razor’s Edge and OnPoint Technologies, the VC arm of the U.S. Army.

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NextNav snags $70 mln Series D

NextNav has secured $70 million in Series D financing. New Enterprise Associates and Oak Investment Partners led the round with participation from Columbia Capital, Telcom Ventures and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. In conjunction with the funding, Peter Barris, managing general partner at NEA, and Bandel Carano, managing partner at Oak, have been named to NextNav’s board of directors. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif. and McLean, VA, NextNav is a provider of location solutions for indoor and urban environments.

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AIP sells Northwest Hardwoods to Littlejohn

Littlejohn & Co. has acquired Northwest Hardwoods from American Industrial Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Morgan Stanley advised Littlejohn on the transaction while Baker Botts and Goldman Sachs advised AIP. Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, NWH is a hardwood lumber maker and distributor.

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SherpaVentures closes $154 mln for first fund

San Francisco-based venture firm SherpaVentures said Thursday that it has raised $154 million in the final close of its oversubscribed debut fund. The focus will be on early-stage tech companies, particularly those in the ecommerce, software and digital media sectors.

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