BC Partners-led group completes take-private acquisition of PetSmart

A BC Partners-led consortium has closed its previously announced buy of pet supply retailer PetSmart Inc for $83 per share. As a result of the transaction, PetSmart will no longer trade on the NASDAQ as of March 11. The other firms that participated in the acquisition include La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, StepStone and Longview Asset Management. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC provided financial advice to PetSmart on the deal.Also, PetSmart President and CEO David K. Lenhardt has stepped down from his duties. Michael J. Massey will replace Lenhardt while Raymond Svider becomes PetSmart’s non-executive chairman of its board of directors.


PE-backed Springer Science+Business Media to merge with Macmillan Science and Education

Springer Science+Business Media, which is owned by funds advised by BC Partners, has agreed to merge with the majority of Holtzbrinck-owned Macmillan Science and Education. No financial terms were disclosed for the transaction that aims to create a global science and education publishing house. Following the closing of the deal, the newly merged company will be under joint control of Holtzbrinck and funds advised by BCP with Holtzbrinck retaining a 53 percent stake.


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Three Hills Capital Partners’ maiden fund reaches final close

Three Hills Capital Partners has reached a final close of its first fund at the hard cap of 100 million euros ($127 million) reaching the high-end of the initial target. Three Hills Capital Partners was founded in November 2013 by Mauro Moretti, a former partner at Hutton Collins which he joined in 2008 from BC Partners.

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Germany’s Henkel buys Spotless – Reuters

German consumer goods group Henkel & Co has agreed to buy French laundry product group Spotless in a deal worth around 940 million euros ($1.28 billion), writes Reuters. The company was sold by private equity firm BC Partners, writes Reuters.

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