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PlattForm Holdings Inc., an Olathe, Kansas-based provider of Internet marketing and enrollment solutions to the post-secondary education industry, has acquired both VentureDirect Worldwide Inc. and Zuma LLC. No financial terms of either deal were disclosed. VentureDirect provides lead generation and customer acquisition services to advertisers and list brokerage, plus provides management services for publishers and […]
The Dow is plunging, credit is crunching and new high-yield issues are looking less likely than a victory in Iraq. If only there was a way to pin it all on Blackstone… But here’s the thing: This isn’t yet the perfect storm that could destroy the buyout rush. All of the above are certainly elements, but […]
Picis Inc., a Wakefield, Mass.-based provider of healthcare software for high-acuity areas of the hospital, has agreed to acquire Lynx Medical Systems, a Bellevue, Wash.-based provider of revenue cycle management solutions to hospital emergency departments. No financial terms were disclosed, except that Goldman Sachs will partially finance the deal through an equity investment in Picis […]
CVI Laser LLC, an Albuquerque, N.M.-based optical components manufacturer, has acquired Melles Griot, a UK
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.
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 […]

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