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First Read starts your morning with news that Citi has sold its Hungary consumer banking business to Erste Group, Xiaomi is considering introducing laptops to compete with Apple and great news for football fans: CBS will stream several NFL games for free this season–no TV subscription required.

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Blackstone to sell AVINTIV to Berry Plastics for about $2.45 bln

Berry Plastics Group Inc has agreed to acquire AVINTIV from The Blackstone Group LP for about $2.45 billion. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Credit Suisse and Barclays provided financial advice to Berry Plastics on the transaction while Citi and BofA Merrill Lynch did likewise for AVINTIV and Blackstone. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, AVINTIV is a specialty materials provider used in infection prevention, personal care, and high-performance solutions.

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First Read ushers in your morning with news of Hillary Clinton using a personal email account at State Dept., possibly breaking rules, Tinder to charge those 30 and over more for new dating app and Michael Jordan joins the billionaire’s club according to Forbes.

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DESRI buys Balko Wind from Apex

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments LLC. has acquired Balko Wind from Apex Clean Energy. No financial terms were disclosed. Santander Bank N.A., KeyBank N.A., Citi and Banco de Sabadell provided financing for the acquisition and construction of the project. Balko is a wind energy project in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

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Streetline nabs $10 mln

Streetline, a smart parking company headquartered in Foster City, Calif., said Tuesday that it has raised $10 million in funding. The firm’s backers include Citi, Fontinalis Partners, RockPort Capital Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, True Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures. In conjunction with the funding, Streetline has appointed Abe Yokell to its board of directors.

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Fortress hires Citigroup exec Feig for liquid markets business

Fortress Investment Group has hired Jeff Feig, Citigroup’s global head of developed markets foreign exchange and a senior manager at Citi. Feig joins Fortress as a portfolio manager and co-CIO of the Fortress Macro Fund. He also will work as co-president of Fortress’s Liquid Markets business.

American Energy agrees to buy acres in Ohio and West Virginia for $1.75 bln

American Energy-Utica said Monday that it has agreed to acquire approximately 27,000 net acres in Monroe County, Ohio from East Resources and an unidentified private firm. Also, American Energy-Marcellus has inked agreements to buy about 48,000 net acreages in five West Virginia counties from the same sellers. The combined price of these acquisitions is $1.75 billion. Both transactions are expected to be completed in the next 60 days. Citi and Goldman Sachs served as financial advisors to AEU and AEM, while Jefferies was financial advisor to the sellers. American Energy-Utica and American Energy-Marcellus are both backed by The Energy & Minerals Group.

Shire acquires VC-backed Lumena Pharmaceuticals

Shire has acquired Lumena Pharmaceuticals. No financial terms were disclosed. Citi provided financial advice to Lumena. Based in San Diego, Lumena is a biopharmaceutical company focused on rare cholestatic liver diseases and serious metabolic disorders. Its backers include New Enterprise Associates, Adage Capital Management, RA Capital Management, Pappas Ventures, RiverVest Venture Partners and Alta Partners.

GI Partners completes dividend recap of SFR homes

GI Partners has completed a dividend recapitalization of its portfolio of single family rental homes, held as a partnership with Waypoint Real Estate Group. The new senior credit facility successfully increased the company’s total debt capacity to $410 million. The facility was provided by Citi.

SJF Ventures Raises $90M for Third Fund, Tripling Size of Prior Fund

SJF Ventures has held a final close on its $90 million for its third fund, raising more than three times the amount of its second fund, which totaled $28 million, the firm announced Thursday. Investors in the new fund include CitiDeutsche Bank, MetLife, Prudential Financial, Cambridge Associates, Mercer Consulting, and Trillium Asset Management, SJF said in a press release.

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