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Thoma Bravo ups two to principal

Thoma Bravo has promoted Arvindh Kumar and Chip Virnig to principal. Previously, Kumar and Virnig were vice presidents. Prior to joining Thoma Bravo, Kumar worked at a number of firms that included Prospect Capital Management, BC Partners and Morgan Stanley while Virnig worked in Merrill Lynch & Co’s investment banking group.

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Pharmathen pulls in funding from BC Partners

BC Partners has agreed to buy a majority stake in European pharmaceutical company Pharmathen S.A. No financial terms were disclosed for the transaction that is expected to be completed in the coming months.

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BC Partners, CPPIB to sell 70% of Suddenlink to Altice

BC Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and other co-investors have agreed to sell a 70 percent stake in Suddenlink Communications to Altice S.A. The transaction implies a total enterprise value of about $9.1 billion for Suddenlink. Once the deal closes, BC Partners and CPPIB will each receive $960 million in proceeds and a vendor note of about $200 million. CPPIB and BC Partners will each retain a 12 percent stake in the company. St. Louis-based Suddenlink is the seventh-largest cable system operator in the United States. LionTree Advisors acted as financial advisor to Suddenlink.

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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.

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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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