Apax to buy Azelis

3i has agreed to sell Atlas Holding SA, the holding company of the Azelis Group, to Apax Partners. Financial terms weren’t announced. Azelis is a pan-European speciality chemical distributor. 3i acquired a majority of Azelis in 2007. JP Morgan is providing financing. UBS acted as financial advisor to the Apax funds while Greenhill acted as financial advisor to 3i.


Partners Group completes acquisition of airport passenger terminal

Partners Group along with partners in the Nieuport Aviation consortium have completed the acquisition of the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The investor consortium comprises Partners Group, InstarAGF Asset Management, Kilmer Van Nostrand and institutional investors advised by JP Morgan Asset Management. Billy Bishop is the ninth busiest airport in Canada and served 2.4 million passengers in 2014.


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Investindustrial to acquire majority stake in Goldcar

Investindustrial has agreed to buy a 80 percent stake in Goldcar, a Spain-based holiday car rental firm. The founders and sellers will retain the remaining 20 percent stake. No financial terms were disclosed; however, Deutsche Bank provided the financing while JP Morgan and Lazard served as financial advisors. The deal is expected to be completed in the second half of December 2014.


Fifth Street Asset Management rolls out IPO

Fifth Street Asset Management, a credit-focused asset manager, has raised $102 million for its IPO after pricing its 6 million shares at $17 per share. The stock began trading Thursday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “FSAM.” Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, RBC Capital Markets and Credit Suisse are the lead underwriters.


Permira inks $3.51 bln sale of Arysta LifeScience

Platform Specialty Products Corp. said Monday it has agreed to buy Arysta LifeScience for about $3.51 billion. Arysta, a crop protection and life science companies, is backed by Permira. Permira is expected to receive about $2.91 billion in cash and a $600 million in a preferred note in Platform. Credit Suisse, Barclays, UBS Investment Bank and Nomura Securities International acted as M&A advisors to Platform. Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank, and Nomura have committed financing for the acquisition. Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan provided financial advice to Permira.


VC-backed HubSpot raises $125 mln for IPO

HubSpot raised $125 million for its IPO after pricing its 5 million shares at $25 per share. The stock began trading Wednesday on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “HUBS.” Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and UBS were the lead underwriters. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., HubSpot is a marketing software provider. Its backers include General Catalyst, Matrix Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and Charles River Ventures.


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General Catalyst looks for payday with HubSpot IPO

Marketing software provider HubSpot Inc, which has raised about $100 million in venture capital, on Monday registered for an initial public offering. The filing shows that VCs own 66 percent of the company, led by General Catalyst Partners, which owns about 27 percent.


Madison International Realty hires Paramount Group executive Chen

Madison International Realty has hired Michael Chen as managing director overseeing global equity capital markets activities. Chen joins the firm from Paramount Group, Inc., where he worked as a vice president and co-head of capital markets. Chen was jointly responsible for creating Paramount’s capital markets group. Prior to Paramount, Chen worked as executive director for the real estate and lodging investment banking group at J.P. Morgan.

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