Great Hill invests $100 mln in Chrome River

Chrome River Technologies said Tuesday it raised $100 million from Great Hill Partners. Los Angeles-based Chrome River provides online expense reporting and automated voice processing software. Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC advised Chrome River.

Boot Barn closes Sheplers buy

Boot Barn Holdings Inc., a portfolio company of Freeman Spogli & Co., has closed its previously announced buy of Sheplers Inc. Wichita, Kansas-based Shelpers is a western wear retailer. Wells Fargo Bank, National Association and GCI Capital Markets LLC provided financing.

MangoPlate raises another $6.1 mln

MangoPlate said Tuesday it close an additional $6.1 million in funding from Qualcomm Inc., through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures. SoftBank Ventures Korea and YJ Capital, a venture capital firm established by Yahoo! JAPAN, also participated. Seoul-based MangoPlate helps people find restaurants through personalized restaurant recommendations. MangoPlate has raised over $7.2 million in total funding.

Flytxt raises $11 mln

Flytxt said Tuesday it closed an $11 million funding round led by Sunrise Capital GmbH and Big Data Investments B.V. Flytxt’s existing investors also participated. Flytxt, of the Netherlands, is a big data analytics solution provider for communication service providers and mobile enterprises.


Blackstone exits AlliedBarton in $1.67 bln sale

Blackstone said Tuesday it has agreed to sell AlliedBarton to Wendel SE for about $1.67 billion. Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based AlliedBarton provides security services to more than 3,300 customers. Credit Suisse advised Blackstone.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking to buy GE’s European Sponsor Finance for $2.2 bln

GE said Tuesday that it has agreed to sell its European Sponsor Finance business to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Europe Ltd., a  subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., for about $2.2 billion. The GE business provides sponsor finance for European mid-market private equity deals. GE Capital is keeping its $1 billion investment in the European Senior Secured Loan Programme and European Loan Programme, both joint ventures between GE Capital and Ares Capital. The deal is expected to close in third quarter. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Global Markets advised GE.

Long River Ventures invests leads round for MachineMetrics

Long River Ventures has led an early investment round for MachineMetrics Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. Local private investors also took part. Northampton, Massachusetts-based MachineMetrics develops production monitoring software for the manufacturing industry.


GTCR to sell Cord Blood Registry for $700 mln

AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to buy Cord Blood Registry for $700 million. The deal is expected to close in third quarter. San Bruno, California-based Cord Blood, a newborn stem cell company, is a portfolio company of GTCR.

Carlyle GMS Finance closes $400 mln CLO

Carlyle GMS Finance Inc., a BDC managed by the Carlyle Group, said Monday it closed its first  middle-market CLO at $400 million. Proceeds of the CLO will be used mainly to finance middle-market loans originated by Carlyle GMS Finance.


Carlyle to acquire 18.54% of JIC Leasing

The Carlyle Group said Monday it has agreed to invest $115 million for an 18.54 percent stake in JIC Leasing Co. Beijing-based JIC is a financial leasing company in China that targets leasing equipment in sectors such as information technology, advanced equipment manufacturing as well as healthcare, environment and alternative energy. Equity for the investment is coming mainly from Carlyle Asia Growth Partners IV.

Novartis to buy Spinifex for $200 mln

Novartis International AG has agreed to buy Spinifex Pharmaceuticals Inc. for an upfront cash consideration of $200 million plus undisclosed clinical development and regulatory milestone payments. based in Stamford, Connecticut and Melbourne, Australia, Spinifex develops drugs for the treatment of chronic pain. Deutsche Bank advised Spinifex. Spinifex’s investors include Novo A/S, Canaan Partners, GBS Venture Partners, Brandon Capital Partners, Uniseed and UniQuest (University of Queensland, Australia).


Warburg-led group invests $100 mln in Vincom Retail

A Warburg Pincus-led consortium has invested another $100 million in Vincom Retail, a subsidiary of Vingroup Joint Stock Co. The Warburg-led group has invested a total of $300 million in Vincom Retail, including $200 million in May 2013. Vincom Retail is a shopping mall operator in Vietnma with 20 malls in operation or under development.


Marlin Equity to acquire International Business Systems

Marlin Equity Partners has agreed to buy International Business Systems. Financial terms weren’t announced. International Business, of Sweden, provides enterprise resource planning and supply chain management software to the distribution industry.


Prospect Mortgage to buy CapWest Mortgage

Prospect Mortgage said Friday it is buying certain assets of CapWest Mortgage, a division of Farmers Bank & Trust. Financial terms weren’t announced. Kansas City-based CapWest is a call center operation focusing on Consumer Direct sources of business. Prospect Mortgage is backed by Sterling Partners.


New Mountain closes Zep Inc. buy

New Mountain Capital LLC has completed its roughly $692 million buy of Zep Inc. The deal was announced in April. Atlanta-based Zep makes maintenance and cleaning chemicals.

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