Apax to buy Azelis

3i has agreed to sell Atlas Holding SA, the holding company of the Azelis Group, to Apax Partners. Financial terms weren’t announced. Azelis is a pan-European speciality chemical distributor. 3i acquired a majority of Azelis in 2007. JP Morgan is providing financing. UBS acted as financial advisor to the Apax funds while Greenhill acted as financial advisor to 3i.


Nielsen-backed Pereg Ventures raises $25 mln with Fund I first close

Pereg Ventures LLC has raised $25 million with the first close of its first fund. The target for Pereg Ventures Fund I was not known. Nielsen, the information services company, has also invested in Pereg Ventures. The New York-based early-stage venture capital firm mainly provides Series A and B financing to B2B information services companies. Pereq has invested an undisclosed amount in RetailNext, which provides in-store analytics to retailers, and Zollo, which crowd-sources insights on consumer shopping behaviors.

Calixar raises $1.1 mln

Calixar has completed a 1 million Euro (US$1.1 million) round of financing with its historical investors – Siparex, Veymont Participations, INPG Entreprise SA - and regional business angels, Health-Angels Rhône-Alpes, Savoie Angels and Grenoble Angels. Bpifrance, the French public investment bank, and the Banque Populaire supplemented this funding through repayable advance and specific credit supported by the European Union, Calixar said. Lyon, France-based Calixar is a biotech company that specializes in the native isolation of complex therapeutic targets and antigens.

Plaza Ventures leads $5 mln round for Q4 Web Systems

Q4 Web Systems said Tuesday it raised $5 million in funding led by Plaza Ventures. The round was supported by Atlas Venture and received financing from Silicon Valley Bank. Toronto, Ontario-based Q4 Web Systems provides SaaS-based investor relations solutions for public companies.

LEHR buys EnviroGard

LEHR, a Solis Capital Partners portfolio company, has acquired EnviroGard. Financial terms weren’t announced. Charlotte, N.C.-based EnviroGard makes and supplies EPA certified propane fuel systems and engines for use in a variety of industrial applications.

Ipsen to buy Canbex Therapeutics

Canbex Therapeutics Ltd. said Tuesday it granted Ipsen the right to buy 100 percent of Canbex shares once Canbex completes the Phase IIa study of its lead candidate for the treatment of spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis, known as VSN16R. Ipsen will pay 6 million euros (US$6.8 million) upfront for the option to buy Canbex, the statement said Canbex investors include Wellcome Trust, MS Ventures, Fast Forward LLC, UCL Business Plc and Esperante.


H.I.G. Growth Partners makes Shah an MD

H.I.G. Growth Partners LLC, the growth capital unit of H.I.G. Capital LLC, said Tuesday it promoted Nik Shah to MD. He joined H.I.G. in 2007 and has been responsible for investments in industries including technology, digital media, marketing and business services.


Readerlink Distribution to buy Baker & Taylor marketing, publishing units

Readerlink Distribution Services LLC has agreed to buy Baker & Taylor Marketing Services U.S. and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group. Financial terms weren’t announced. Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor, which is majority owned by Castle Harlan, said BTMS UK and BTMS Mexico are not included in the transaction.


Baker & Taylor sells YBP Library Services

EBSCO Information Services said Friday it has acquired YBP Library Services from Baker & Taylor. Financial terms weren’t announced. Contoocook, N.H.-based YBP provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries globally. Baker & Taylor is a portfolio company of Castle Harlan Inc.


Shore Capital buys Summit Medical

Shore Capital Partners said Monday it has acquired Summit Medical Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. St. Paul, Minn.-based Summit Medical designs, engineers and makes microsurgery products.


MTS Health Investors closes sale of Loving Care

MTS Health Investors LLC said Monday it completed the sale of portfolio company, Loving Care Agency, and its parent company to Epic Health Services Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.-based Loving Care provides skilled nursing services to medically complex and fragile children in their homes and schools. Lincoln International advised Loving Care.


Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. buys Simpson Performance

Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. said Monday that it has acquired Simpson Performance Products Inc. from Carousel Capital and other stockholders. Financial terms weren’t announced. New Braunfels, Texas-based Simpson Performance provides critical motorsports safety equipment. Fidus Partners acted as financial advisor to Carousel.


Sosei Group buys Heptares Therapeutics for $400 mln

Sosei Group Corp. said late Sunday that it has acquired Heptares Therapeutics Ltd for about $400 million. The deal include $180 million cash while another $220 million is contingent upon the successful progression of the company’s pipeline and platform. Welwyn Garden City, U.K.-based Heptares is reportedly developing an experimental drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease that is in early stage clinical testing, according to Bloomberg News. Heptares investors include MVM Life Science Partners, Clarus Ventures, Novartis Venture Fund, Takeda Ventures and the Stanley Family Foundation. Moelis & Company UK LLP advised Sosei while Goldman Sachs provided financial advice to Heptares.


One Equity exits Duropack

One Equity Partners has sold Duropack Group to DS Smith. The deal was valued at 300 million euros (US$339 million). Vienna-based Duropack makes paper and corrugated board in Central, East and South Eastern Europe. The company employs around 2,600 people and generated sales of 273 million euros and EBITDA of 41 million euros in 2014.

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