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TricorBraun, a St. Louis-based packaging company backed by Code Hennessy & Simmons, has agreed to acquire Ryco Packaging Corp., an Omaha, Neb.-based rigid packaging distributor. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which was first reported by LBO Wire. Code Hennessey bought TricorBraun from AEA Investors last year. www.tricorbraun.com
Algeco SA, a French modular construction company owned by TDR Capital, has agreed to acquire Baltimore-based Williams Scotsman International Inc. (Nasdaq: WLSC). Williams Scotsman stockholders would receive $28.25 per share, or a 21% premium to last Wednesday's closing price. The total deal is valued at around $2.2 billion, including $1.24 billion in equity. Williams Scotsman […]
BlueSocket Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based provider of WLAN security and management systems, has acquired Pingtel Inc., a Woburn, Mass.-based provider of IP telephony platforms for businesses. No financial terms were disclosed. BlueSocket has raised around $67 million in VC funding since 1999, from Vesbridge Partners, Menlo Ventures, Boulder Ventures, Ascent Venture Partners, Ridgewood Capital and […]
R.J. O'Brien & Associates LLC has agreed to merge with fellow futures brokerage Iowa Grain Company. Both companies are members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close by August 31. R.J. O'Brien is owned by Spectrum Equity Investors and […]
Codexis Inc., a Redwood City, Calif.-based provider of solutions for pharma chemical process development and manufacturing, has acquired BioCatalytics Inc., a Pasadena, Calif.-based maker of off-the-shelf enzymes used in chemical process manufacturing by pharma and fine chemical companies. Codexis has raised $75 million in VC funding since 2002, from firms like CCTV Investments, CMEA Ventures, […]
Facebook Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based social networking company, has acquired Parakey Inc., a startup from Mozilla Firefox co-founders Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt. No financial terms were disclosed. Parakey has developed a platform that allows users to bypass the desktop when synching files across the web. Facebook has raised $38 million in VC funding […]
Goldman Sachs has just two weeks left atop the buyout throne, after which its $20 billion fund will be eclipsed by a $22 billion entry from The Blackstone Group. But Goldman isn’t sulking. Instead, it plans to form the largest-ever mezzanine fund. Buyouts Magazine reported on its website that GS Mezzanine Partners is targeting $7 […]
Avestha Gengraine Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a Bangalore, India-based biotech and bioinformatics company, has agreed to acquire Renaissance Herbs, a Chatsworth, Calif.-based maker of botanical healthcare products. No financial terms were disclosed. Avestha shareholders include ICICI Venture Funds, Tata Industries Ltd., Godrej Industries, Cipla, Fidelity International, Daninvest, Groupe Limagrain, The Times Group and New York Life […]
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, a Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Mexican quick-service restaurant operator, has completed its acquisition of La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill from CKE Restaurants Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. Baja Fresh was acquired late last year by GarMark Advisors, M Plus Capital and David Kim. www.bajafresh.com
Restaurants Unlimited Inc., a restaurant operator owned by Sun Capital Partners, has acquired Pacific Coast Restaurants Inc., a Portland, Ore.-based operator of 27 restaurants in Oregon, Washington and California. The deal nearly doubles the size of Restaurants Unlimited, which previously owned 29 locations, including 14 Kincaid's and nine Palomino's. www.r-u-i.com
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